Late Bloomer by Fern Michaels audiobook

Late Bloomer: How an autism diagnosis changed my life

By Fern Michaels
Read by Margot Dionne

Simon & Schuster Audio, Bolinda Audio
11.48 Hours 1
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    Available on 09/15/2021

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Introducing a bold new voice in Australian nonfiction, Late Bloomer is a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir that will change the way you think about autism. Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she’d missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, arbitrary and often stressful. Friendships were hard, relationships harder and the office was a fluorescent-lit nightmare of anxiety. It wasn’t until Clem was diagnosed as autistic, at age 36, that things clicked into focus. The obsession with sparkly things and dinosaurs. The encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music. The meltdowns that would come on like a hurricane. The ability to write eloquently while conquering basic maths was like trying to understand ancient Greek. These weren’t just ‘personality quirks’ but autistic traits that shaped Clem’s life in powerful ways. With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, from the asphalt playground of St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Introducing a bold new voice in Australian nonfiction, Late Bloomer is a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir that will change the way you think about autism.

Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she’d missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, arbitrary and often stressful. Friendships were hard, relationships harder and the office was a fluorescent-lit nightmare of anxiety. It wasn’t until Clem was diagnosed as autistic, at age 36, that things clicked into focus.

The obsession with sparkly things and dinosaurs. The encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music. The meltdowns that would come on like a hurricane. The ability to write eloquently while conquering basic maths was like trying to understand ancient Greek. These weren’t just ‘personality quirks’ but autistic traits that shaped Clem’s life in powerful ways.

With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, from the asphalt playground of St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Fern Michaels’] characters are real and endearing, her prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing the story rather than reading about it.” Los Angeles Times
“A powerful, character-driven story.”  Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Michaels’ fans will be satisfied with this feel-good page-turner.” Publishers Weekly
“Michaels’ snazzy tale reveals the ups-and-downs of friendship and small-town life.” Booklist
“Entertaining, action-packed…fun to read…engaging romantic suspense.” Midwest Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Fern Michaels

Author Bio: Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels (a.k.a. Mary Ruth Kuczkir) is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of romance and thriller novels, including Hey, Good Looking; Pretty Woman; The Nosy Neighbor; The Real Deal; and many others. There are more than 110 million copies of her books in print.

Author Bio: Clem Bastow

Author Bio: Clem Bastow

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 11.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English