Dawn Powell
'Parallel Play: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger's' by Tim Page

Parallel PlayGrowing Up WithUndiagnosed Asperger'sTim PageDoubleday: 198 pp., $26Are we who we are in spite of our afflictions, or because of them?This question beats at the heart of Tim Page's brief, unadorned memoir, "Parallel Play: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger's." An odd, obsessive yet intellectually gifted man, Page was diagnosed in his 40s with Asperger's syndrome, part of a cluster of disorders that includes autism. Asperger's is often characterized by extreme awkwardness in social interactions, clumsy motor skills and a compulsive desire to collect encyclopedic details about random subjects.--------------------FOR THE RECORD:"Parallel Play" book review: A...