Neurodivergent Voices

Neurodivergent Voices

Neurodivergent Voices

A curated booklist by your favorite SPL librarians!

April 2023

Fiction | Nonfiction | Graphic Novels


Convenience Store Woman Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman tells the story of Keiko, a woman living in Tokyo whose limited social skills have kept her working at the same convenience store for eighteen years. She is comfortable with the store’s routine and scripted interactions with customers. In spite of pressure from her family to conform to social norms that would have her married and pursuing a proper career, Keiko refuses to conform and takes desperate measures to keep things the same.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher, a mathematically-gifted thirteen-year-old savant, does not interact well with other people. He does relate well with animals, which motivates him to investigate the murder of his neighbor’s dog. As his detective work unfolds, he also discovers secrets about his mother. This bestselling book is now considered a modern classic and is an ALA-recognized Notable Book.

House Rules House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules centers on the world of Jacob Hunt, a teenager with Asperger’s whose interests in forensics and crime solving is unprecedented. He even shows up at crime scenes by following the alerts from a police scanner that he keeps in his room; however, his life falls apart when he is falsely accused of his tutor’s murder.

The Kiss Quotient The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Thirty-year-old Stella Lane relates better to mathematics than to other people. Her job as a creator of algorithms for predicting the patterns of consumerist tendencies has made her a very wealthy woman. Yet her impoverished dating skills are another challenge needing her gift for problem solving. Faced with a diagnosis of Asperger’s and a total lack of experience, she decides to hire escort Michael Phan; however, their professional relationship proves to have its own splendid logic.

Poisoned Primrose Poisoned Primrose by Dahlia Donovan

The first title in the Motts Cold Case Mystery series featuring lovably awkward Motts, a biromantic, asexual, autistic woman in her late thirties living alone for the first time. After stumbling upon a dead body in her garden, Motts can’t help but start an amateur investigation with the help of her best friends. But someone sinister is determined to stop her snooping.

Red, White and Royal Blue Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

An instant New York Times bestseller and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. Biracial First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, who has undiagnosed ADHD, tries his best to avoid archnemesis Prince Henry. But when they’re forced on a publicity tour together, these frenemies' feelings run even hotter than they imagined in this sweet and silly romantic comedy.

The Rosie Project The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics with Asperger’s, decides that it is time for him to get married. The problem is finding the perfect wife– one who does not smoke, drink, or arrive late to everything. He creates the Wife Project, an intricate, scientifically-based analysis to filter out the “imperfect” possibilities. And then he meets Rosie Jarman, who is anything but perfect, but somehow completely right for him.

Turtles All the Way Down Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

From award-winning YA author John Green comes this stunning novel of unconditional friendship. Aza is a sixteen-year-old with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a friend’s billionaire father, in the hope of distracting herself from her intrusive fears of contracting a life-threatening illness. Daisy, her best friend, is a reassuring presence in helping her overcome her affliction, while supporting her in the investigation. A must-read for any age– especially for those who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars.

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg

In Divergent Mind, journalist Jenara Nerenberg reveals how women with divergent minds– those with ADHD, autism, synesthesia, and other differences in sensory processing, could benefit society by viewing these differences as strengths rather than afflictions. The author also explores how these neurological variations present differently in women, drawing from her own experiences with ADHD and autism.

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

Michael McCreary began his stand-up career when he was fourteen years old. Having been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), when he was five, he often employs humor to help non-autistic people gain a better understanding of what life is like with ASD. In this entertaining, informative biography McCreary further helps readers broaden their understanding of ASD, and how it manifests differently in almost everyone with the diagnosis.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

Robison grew up during a time when autism was not well understood by educators and childhood psychologists. His diagnosis occurred when he was forty, after he had made a name for himself by becoming an inventor of musical instruments for the band KISS, among other mechanically gifted innovations. Look Me in the Eye is a heartbreaking, candid memoir that retells the struggle of having the unique gifts of a savant , and the feelings of disconnect that it can bring.

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Neurotribes is a groundbreaking work that transforms the way autism is defined. The author outlines an approach that aids in both the inclusion and complete participation in society for those with cognitive differences. Silberman also discusses the history and politics behind the suppression of research, and reveals how the growth of neurodiversity activists have fought for the rights of those on the autism spectrum.

The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention by Simon Baron-Cohen

Arguing that understanding autism is the key to understanding ancient and modern human creativity, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University Simon Baron-Cohen presents a groundbreaking look at the link between autism and ingenuity. Drawing on over three years of research, he presents an accessible and innovative look into the neurodivergent thought process.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism by Naoki Higashida

This one-of-a-kind memoir was written from the perspective of an extremely intelligent thirteen-year-old with autism. The book shares with the reader the young author’s unique view of the world, providing us with profound insights that will transform the reader’s own perceptions.

Self-Care for People With ADHD: 100+ Ways to Recharge, De-Stress, and Prioritize You! Self-Care for People With ADHD: 100+ Ways to Recharge, De-Stress, and Prioritize You! by Sasha Hamdani, MD

Offering neurodiverse self-care, this solutions-oriented guide offers 100 tips to accepting yourself, destigmatizing ADHD, finding your community, and taking care of your physical and mental health. Psychiatrist and ADHD clinical specialist Dr. Sasha Hamdani offers help to manage negative components of ADHD and ways to bring out the positive aspects of your neurodivergence.

Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby gained world renown with the Netflix show Nanette, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing. In this much anticipated memoir, Gadsby shockingly reveals her departure from comedy. In her usual deadpan manner, she traces her struggles with misogyny, homophobia, and late diagnoses of ADHD and autism. In spite of her emotional pain (or perhaps as a result of it?), the character of Nanette was born.

Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions by Temple Grandin

In her latest work, Temple Grandin transforms our understanding of visual thinking, advocating for a new approach to education, child rearing, and employment to accommodate those individuals who process information differently. She provides numerous examples of how visual thinkers are gifted at pattern recognition, and innovative, intuitive methods of solving problems.

We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia

For too long, we have been forced to navigate a world where all the road signs are written in another language (Author). We’re Not Broken is a book with a message– autism is a part of identity that does not need to be fixed by mainstream society. Eric Garcia’s incentive for writing the book was instigated by myths surrounding vaccines and autism, along with persistent stereotypes and false expectations about people on the autism spectrum.

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Graphic Novels

Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela; art by Sophie Standing

Speaking to the experiences of women on the autism spectrum and the difficulties they face, like late or incorrect diagnosis and mastering the art of masking, this graphic novel offers scientific facts and personal accounts to explain why women are more likely to be underdiagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than men.

Invisible Differences Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

After an explosive fight with her boyfriend, awkward, sensitive Marguerite seeks professional help to discover why she never feels entirely comfortable in her surroundings, and finds out that she has Asperger’s in this thoughtful and inspiring graphic novel.

Sensory: Life on the Spectrum Sensory: Life on the Spectrum edited by Bex Ollerton

This unique, heartfelt, and vibrant anthology highlights the work of thirty autistic creators sharing varied personal experiences about living on the spectrum, discussing topics like life before their diagnosis, tips on explaining autism to others, and self-soothing suggestions for moments of overstimulation.

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