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5 Must-Read Books about Autism

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

From the same trio that brought you The Reason I Jump comes the much-anticipated follow-up. Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 is the second memoir by author Naoki Higashida to be translated into English by author David Mitchell and wife KA Yoshida. In this next installment, Higashida is now 24 years old. He relates to us his experience as a young adult living with autism and explains the unique challenges he faces and the hopes he has for the future.

Higashida does an excellent job in his second memoir of explaining to readers what it really feels like to live with autism on a day to day basis. He is largely non-verbal and he explains the frustrations that he feels when he says things that he doesn’t mean, or when they’re interpreted in a way he doesn’t understand. Like its predecessor, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 allows readers a unique window into the challenges that someone with autism faces when living in a world that often lacks the patience and empathy needed.

You can read a more in-depth review of Naoki Higashida’s newest book at The Guardian.

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