by Jill Bolte Taylor (2006, Plume)
This memoir is both personal and scientific. The author suffers a stroke at the age of 37 and is able to identify the early signs because she herself is a brain scientist. She not only shares her experience of losing physical and mental capabilities as a result of the stroke but exactly what is happening inside her own mysterious brain. An intelligent spirit-bracing read about resilience.
Listen to the NPR interview with Jill Bolte Taylor here.
If you’ve ever heard Mike Birbiglia’s laugh-till-you-cry storytelling on public radio’s This American Life, then you know he is one of the most charmingly hapless comedians alive. When he fails, he fails entertainingly, and when he’s confused, we’re confused right along with him. He’s just so arrestingly likable that you’ll want to be his BFF.
You can listen to his near-death story here, starting after Terry’s intro.
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