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In the acclaimed sequel to Nobody Nowhere--in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism--Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally. NPR sponsorship.

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"This book deserves every superlative a reviewer can muster."
                             -The Globe and Mail

"To be able to do what [Donna Williams] has done, by age 27, and to write about it so poignantly and so articulately is to function on a higher level than most ''normal'' folk achieve in a lifetime."
                             -Boston Globe

"By illuminating her own unique perceptions, she allows us to understand our own perceptions as never before...And oh, can she write."
                             -The New York Times Review of Books

"The artistically gifted Williams continues to build a bridge between ''my'' world and ''the''world."
                             -Publishers Weekly

"Somebody Somewhere...provides a shining light into the dark mystery of autism."
                             -Detroit Free Press

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imed sequel to Nobody Nowhere--in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism--Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally. NPR sponsorship.

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Daniel L. Berek
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For Somebody Somewhere, "Autism Is Not Me"
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2014
As we learned from Donna Williams’s first memoir, Nobody Nowhere, there is no typical person with autism; yet, like many people on the spectrum, Donna Williams was distant from the world. That was her world. Donna, a gifted writer, sought to reconcile her world with the... See more
As we learned from Donna Williams’s first memoir, Nobody Nowhere, there is no typical person with autism; yet, like many people on the spectrum, Donna Williams was distant from the world. That was her world. Donna, a gifted writer, sought to reconcile her world with the world around her. In her first book, Donna felt compelled to “Run and hide, to the corners of your mind, alone/Like a nobody, nowhere.” In looking back, Donna said:

On the edge I ask myself, what will I lose,
To have lived in the depths of “well below zero,”
I grasped the tools to climb out,
And scream loudly to the world.
That with all I was, it wasn’t fair enough
That I stayed there: a nobody nowhere.

Now, Donna found herself in a position to “pick up the pieces… to build a somewhere out of a nowhere and a somebody out of a nobody.” She may be building castles in the air, but she has come to a point in her life to make them real,” of building bridges between the dream to fly and the being able to do so. It is the story of somebody somewhere.”

For Donna, starting her second book was the hardest part; she had just revealed her personal details in Nobody Nowhere, of which the edited but not yet published manuscript lay in envelope in her den. Donna spoke of “her world”; was she yet ready to enter “the world”? Much has been said about labels. For Donna, the label of “autism” was the way in which she could understand herself; with that knowledge, she had to embark on the perilous journey of understanding others and the world around her. Yet, while Donna accepted this label and what it meant, she refused to let it define her.

For the first 40 or so pages, Donna revisited various episodes of her childhood and adolescence in a manner resembling somebody flipping through the many channels on a TV. Upon discussing her relationship with her therapist, Dr. Marek, she was able to relate how he helped her “understand more and more bits puzzle,” though many things came to her mind, especially as she related them in her first book. Then began the tumultuous relationship with her father and his girlfriend. For much of her early life, Donna tried to define what her “successes” were as a “high-functioning” person with autism, “but on automatic pilot in a state of self-denial and a step away from consciousness and awareness, “I” was sometimes so normal it was chillingly abnormal.” And this denial was for a long time the best compromise for Donna, but one that carried too high a price, as it was no longer a worthy exchange for “to live.” It was time for her to return to her native Australia; fortunately, she had a job and an apartment lined up, as well as her therapist, Dr. Marek. It is through her correspondence she was able to relate her progress in finding her way to being somebody somewhere.

For Donna, an important step was understanding emotions, both her own and those of others around her. Of these, the most perplexing and most difficult to comprehend was anger. Again, Donna had to understand the meaning of anger in others, as well as her own anger. For Donna, this was a learning process, and a challenging one, at that. From her landlord, Donna had to learn other emotions, including a definition of closeness very different from her little world inside. That meant that Donna also had to learn to understand what other people were feeling and thinking. At least there was Dr. Marek to help her understand these new concepts. And another part of Donna’s journey came through by confronting all she had confided in Nobody Nowhere through public interviews and press conferences. Her book tour took her around the world; in the UK and elsewhere, Donna had the opportunity to meet other people with autism, culminating with a relationship with a man named Ian. Both had come so far. “Autism is not me.”
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Great read
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
Really good read loved it
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2016
To come so far from such a sad childhood! Bravo Donna Williams for all you have accomplished! Couldn''t buy it fast enough after reading Nobody Nowhere. May your adventures continue. Peace be with you!
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A really wonderful journey of healing and transformation
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2016
The best book. Really takes you on a healing journey. if you need healing or just want to understand better. I love this. The only one I liked equally is part 1 "Nobody Nowhere". :)
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Nancy A.
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Fascinating and inspiring true story
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2012
I read Nobody Nowhere, Somebody Somewhere, Like Color For The Blind, and Everyday Heaven. I loved them all. Donna Williams is a testament to all things are possible. She is my hero.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015
The best description of an autistic mind I''ve ever come across.
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Somebody Somewhere...
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2011
This book came in excellent shape and quickly. I heard a radio program years ago about this book and the other one Donna Williams wrote. It is worth reading.
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Sheri Kane
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fantastic!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2013
This is a must read for anyone working with people who have autism! So many misunderstandings that we all have.
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A. R. Morris
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H.A.R.P - Great Inspiring Read - 4 Years After Purchasing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2019
Donna Williams writings on her experiences as an autistic individual are some of the most descriptive and helpful to myself in practice working with people with autism and severe to profound and multiple learning difficulties. This book is her second biography and a great...See more
Donna Williams writings on her experiences as an autistic individual are some of the most descriptive and helpful to myself in practice working with people with autism and severe to profound and multiple learning difficulties. This book is her second biography and a great read. - Antony Morris
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Somebody Somewhere By Donna Williams – Finding Yourself To Help Others
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2017
OVERVIEW Donna Williams’ Second book in her autobiographical saga “Somebody Somewhere” is yet another inspiring read about the a person finding out about themselves and using this knowledge to empower and give to others. BUILDING BRIDGES As the title suggests it is the self...See more
OVERVIEW Donna Williams’ Second book in her autobiographical saga “Somebody Somewhere” is yet another inspiring read about the a person finding out about themselves and using this knowledge to empower and give to others. BUILDING BRIDGES As the title suggests it is the self realisation of validity, equality, beingness and in turn giving others the empowerment and help to find themselves in their own unique journey. A highly reflective and inspiring read. 🙂 Paul Isaacs 2014
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Janice Greatrex
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2018
This book and ''Nobody Nowhere'' helped me have some understanding of Autism. A very powerful book, thank you
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Excellent book. A must read if you work with ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2016
Excellent book. A must read if you work with anyone with autism.
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Joy Holgate
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Great book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2016
Another great book by Donna Williams! What an amazing life.
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