No You Don't: Essays From an Unstrange Mind
November 4th, 2013, Self-published. Available in paperback and digital format.
"As an autistic woman, I found myself nodding at so many of the revelations in this book. The writing is courageous and honest and unflinching, but never depressing or self-pitying. Sparrow has a gift for revealing the big picture through details, giving the reader glimpses into her life at key moments and then letting the reader draw their own conclusions." - Cynthia Kim, author of I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults and Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life
"Don't be put off by the word "essays"! These are not dry, academic articles. They are enjoyable, engaging, and insightful. Sparrow allows us into her mind and her world and makes us a part of her life." - P.D. Workman, award-winning author of Young Adult/Suspense fiction
This collection of raw, honest, emotional essays describe the pitfalls and joys of an autistic life. The author is a popular autistic blogger and the title essay, No You Don't, won a loyal readership who admired the courage it took to share some of the darkest, most difficult times of Jones' life. This collection includes that essay and one other popular essay that was published on the author's blog, Unstrange Mind, but all the rest of the writing in this book is new and has never been seen in print before -- on the blog or elsewhere. While this book contains reflections on some of the harsher aspects of living an autistic life, the overall tone is upbeat and hopeful. This book is not an exposé; the author describes it as a love song to the world. Jones expresses that the hope in writing was to help bridge the social gap between autistic people and non-autistic people and to help parents by showing them one person's story in hopes that a glimpse of one autistic life, viewed across the life span from childhood to middle age, will help validate and support parents in making wise choices in the confusing and difficult journey of mentoring their own children into becoming the strong and happy adults they are meant to be.