Book Review

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder

  • Arts   Wed, Jun 9th, 2021   Rowan Bleaney, Library Clerk at RWLibrary

Sarah Kurchak is a writer, a retired professional pillow-fighter, and an autistic woman. With wry, self-aware humour and an easy-to-read style, Kurchak uses examples from her own history to explore the complexities of living with autism. The book is structured as a series of loosely connected essays that challenge stereotypes about what it means for autistic adults to succeed. Does Kurchak, as a “successful” autistic adult, have a secret path to success that she can share with the autistic world? (Spoiler: no.) Do her successes mean that, as the parents of autistic children often accuse, she’s not “really” autistic? (Also no.) Steadfastly refusing to be either tragic or inspirational, Kurchak ultimately asks us, and herself, to imagine what autistic success could look like if it wasn’t defined by being as normal as possible. This book is a fun, validating read for autistic adults, and a solid starting place for non-autistic readers who want to learn more about what it’s like to live with autism.
I Overcame My Autism is a 2021 Evergreen Awards nominee. You can access the book at your local Region of Waterloo Library branch, or as an ebook through To learn more about the Evergreen Awards program and how you can vote online for your favourite Evergreen Award titles, visit