Raising Cubby - A Father and Son's Adventures With Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives-logo

Raising Cubby - A Father and Son's Adventures With Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives

John Elder Robison

The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad's relationship with his equally offbeat son-complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn't a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would "do all chores." He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he'd steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn't figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn-the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger's too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist-smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being "on the spectrum" as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It's the story of a father and son who grow up together. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace,

The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad's relationship with his equally offbeat son-complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn't a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would "do all chores." He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he'd steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn't figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn-the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger's too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist-smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being "on the spectrum" as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It's the story of a father and son who grow up together. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace,
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The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad's relationship with his equally offbeat son-complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn't a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would "do all chores." He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he'd steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn't figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn-the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger's too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist-smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being "on the spectrum" as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It's the story of a father and son who grow up together. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace,

Language:

English

Length:

12h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:15


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:06


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:58


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:12


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:23


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:07


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:13


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:46


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:26


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:55


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:10


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:37


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:57


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:40


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:38


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:49