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The Republic of Heaven’s Book Club has decided on its August/September book and it’s going to be… Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robison! The theme was memoirs and the other nominations were A Life Like Other People’s by Alan Bennett and Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry.

From the time he was three or four years old, John Elder Robison realised that he was different from other people. He was unable to make eye contact or connect with other children, and by the time he was a teenager his odd habits – an inclination to blurt out non-sequiturs, obsessively dismantle radios or dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them) – had earned him the label ‘social deviant’. It didn’t help that his mother conversed with light fixtures and his father spent evenings pickling himself in sherry.

Look Me in the Eye is his story of growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. Along the way it also tells the story of two brothers born eight years apart yet devoted to each other: the author and his younger brother Chris, who would grow up to become bestselling author Augusten Burroughs.

This book is a rare fusion of inspiration, dark comedy and insight into the workings of the human mind. For someone who has struggled all his life to connect with other people, Robison proves to be an extraordinary storyteller.

Any member of the forum can see the Book Club sub-forum, but to nominate and vote on future books you have to be a member. To join the book club you can either private message Moderator Bee who runs the Club, or go to User Control Panel > Usergroups tab > select Book Club Members, and click join.

You can buy the book here on amazon.co.uk, here on amazon.com and here on Kindle.
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The Republic of Heaven Book Club has chosen its June/July book – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

TRoH’s book club chooses a book to read and discuss on a bi-monthly basis and membership is open to all.

To join the book club, submit yourself in the book club usergroup on the forum. (You must be registered to the forum first.) Non-members can post in the discussion threads in the book club sub-forum but cannot nominate and vote for new books or start new topics.

You can buy the book on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.

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