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Actually Autistic in World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, but the voices we hear this month (and all year long) are often those of autistic people’s families and doctors. Here are fifteen books by autistic authors, about autistic people – for everyone.


A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
After years of military service, Evan Miller wants a quiet life. The small town of Ravenswood seems perfect -- until he stumbles upon a vicious web of lies with his new neighbour at its centre. Ruth Kabbah is rude, awkward, and -- according to everyone in town -- bad news. Thing is, no-one will tell Evan why. But he desperately wants to find out. Because Ruth doesn't seem evil to him; she seems lonely. Because there's no way a girl like Ruth truly deserves the town's scorn ... Is there?

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
When she discovers that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different, a neurodivergent girl who sees and hears things others cannot refuses to let them be forgotten.

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan
As a full moon rises over Melbourne, Australia, a young woman gets ready for a party. She is autistic, yet within her mind, she is whoever she wants to be. As the evening unfolds, each encounter reveals the vast discrepancies between what she is thinking and feeling, and what she is able to say. So when she meets a man and the possibility of intimacy and genuine connection occurs, it's nothing short of a miracle.

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu Lydia X. Z. Brown
What does autism have to do with race? It seems simple, but it is extremely complicated. I urge you to read this anthology and explore this in depth as you dive into the hearts of the authors. Again and again, you will find that the answer to the aforementioned question, is a gentle, but resounding, everything.

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
From 16-year-old Dara McAnulty, a globally renowned figure in the youth climate activist movement, comes a memoir about loving the natural world and fighting to save it.

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby
As one of the only remaining autistics in the universe, Xandri Corelel has faced a lot of hardship, and she's earned her place as the head of Xeno-Liaisons aboard the first contact ship Carpathia. But her skill at negotiating with alien species is about to be put to the ultimate test. As tensions rise and tempers threaten to boil over, Xandri must focus all her energy into understanding the one species that has always been beyond her: her own.

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary's life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides.

Our Autistic Lives : Personal Accounts from Autistic Adults Around the World Aged 20 to 70+ by Alex Ratcliffe
This collection of narratives from autistic adults is structured around their decades of experience of life, covering 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60 and 70s+ and spanning different continents, genders, sexualities and ethnicities.

Queerly Autistic: The Ultimate Guide for LGBTQIA+ Teens on the Spectrum by Erin Ekins
An inspiring survival guide for autistic LGBTQIA+ teens, sharing experience and advice oncoming out, consent, staying safe in relationships, communicating with family members, finding a community and practicing self-care.

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity by and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu Emily Paige Ballou
From childhood and education to culture, gender identity, and sexuality, this anthology tackles the everyday joys and challenges of growing up while honestly addressing the emotional needs, sensitivity, and vibrancy of autistic kids, youth, and young adults.

The ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Maxfield Sparrow
Sparrow takes us through a guided tour of the topics most central to changing the way that autism is perceived, to remove systemic barriers to access that have traditionally been barriers to Autistic participation in some sectors of society.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Believing he cannot experience big emotions -- like love, or grief, Khai Diep avoids relationships, until his mother travels to Vietnam and returns with Esme Tran.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds.

The Secret Life of a Black Aspie by Anand Prahlad
Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn't speak. But his silence didn't stop him from communicating -- or communing -- with the strange, numinous world he found around him. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyric, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story. Rooted in black folklore and cultural ambience, and offering new perspectives on autism and more, "The Secret Life of a Black Aspie" will inspire and delight readers and deepen our understanding of the marginal spaces of human existence.

We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia
This book is a message from autistic people to their parents, friends, teachers, coworkers and doctors showing what life is like on the spectrum.


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