This is a book recommendation list for newly identified or diagnosed autistic adults, or adults who are exploring their own neurodivergence.
The following titles were carefully selected in That Au-Some Book Club – a group dedicated to discussing books about autism and neurodiversity.
It’s important to remember that there are no perfect books. All books related to autism and neurodiversity come with several trigger warnings. Some may contain person-first language, while others may include internalized ableism.
Consider this a working document. It is in no way complete, and I’ll be adding to it continuously. There are a few categories. Other than that, these books are in no particular order. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions! Happy Reading!
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Listing with a (*) indicate the author identifies as autistic or that the book has autistic contributors.
Listings without a(*) indicate either the author’s neurology is unknown, or the author is allistic (not autistic).
Some titles may show that the author is ND (neurodivergent). Some authors choose not to share their neurology with the public.
Informational Books and Anthologies
Neuroqueer Heresies: Notes on the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Autistic Empowerment, and Postnormal Possibilities by Nick Walker*
Loud Hands: Autistic People Speaking (Anthology) Julia Bascom *
All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism edited by Lydia X Z Brown et al. (By autistic women of color)* We are awaiting a new edition to this book.
Typed Words Loud Voices edited by Amy Sequenzia & Elizabeth J. Grace*
Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism by Barb Cook (Editor), Michelle Garnett (Editor), Jen Elcheson (Contributor)*
Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism by Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Elizabeth Bartmess (ed.)*
And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance by ASAN and Julia Bascom *
Autism in Adults by Luke Beardon
Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Front Line edited by Steven K. Kapp *
Exposure Anxiety – The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond by Donna Williams*
Women on the Spectrum: A Handbook for Life by Emma Goodall and Yenn Purkis*
PDA by PDA-ers compiled by Sally Cat *
Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela*
Trauma, Stigma, and Autism: Developing Resilience and Loosening the Grip of Shame by Gordon Gates*
Memoirs, Autobiographies, Nonfiction-ish Books
Back from the Brink: Stories of Resilience, Reconciliation, and Reconnection by Tim Chan and Sarah Chan *
Letters to My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism by Joanne Limburg *
I Overcame My Autism and All I Got was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder: A Memoir by Sarah Kurchak *
Why Are the Lights So Loud? Stories About Being an Adult Female with Aspergers by Heather Chase *
Drama Queen: One Autistic Woman and a Life of Unhelpful Labels by Sara Gibbs*
Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of An Autistic Girl by Donna Williams *
Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free From the World of Autism by Donna Williams *
But You Don’t Look Autistic At All by Bianca Toeps*
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim *
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang *
Gender and Sexuality
Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Autism by Eva Mendes and Meredith Maroney *
Spectrums: Autistic Transgender People in their Own Words Edited by Maxfield Sparrow *
Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults by Finn Gratton
The Autistic Trans Guide to Life by Yenn Purkis and Wenn Lawson *
Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection by Noah Adams and Bridget Liang *
How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual by Rebecca Burgess *
Autistic Theory and History
War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence by Anne McGuire
A Mismatch of Salience: Explorations of the Nature of Autism From Theory to Practice by Damian Milton *
The Power of Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences by Thomas Armstrong PhD
The Neurodiversity Reader: Exploring Concepts, Lived Experience and Implications for Practice by Damian Milton et al *
Afrotistic by Kala Allen Omeiza*
Have Geek, Will Travel by Rebecca Blevins*
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas*
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About That Au-Some Book Club
I started That Au-Some Book Club in June 2019 because I needed motivation to read NeuroTribes. Since then, it has grown to over 8000 members from all around the world!
We discuss books, host book club meetings with authors (and other cool people), and we hold impromptu meetings over Zoom. It really is a magical place to learn!
You can find highlights from our meetings on the Not an Autism Mom Youtube Channel.
I have a plan to turn the book club into a non-profit organization. But until then, it’s just me and a few trusted admins! If you’d like to support our efforts, I would be more than grateful!
If you’d like to recommend a book for this list, join us in That Au-Some Book Club!
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