ImageGetting on with the serious business of reading…. MEMOIR

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MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A BRAIN SCIENTIST’S PERSONAL JOURNEY

by Jill Bolte Taylor   (2006, Plume)

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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.

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SLEEPWALK WITH ME: AND OTHER PAINFULLY TRUE STORIES

by Mike Birbiglia   (Simon and Schuster, 2010)
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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.

Are you reading a memoir that’s soul-tugging?  wit-sharpening?

jaw-breakingly amazing?  Do share.

meet you here next sunday ~ oldies but goodies

Toni 5/26/13

4 thoughts on “SHE IS TOO FOND OF BOOKS ~ THE SUNDAY COZE

  1. I HOPE I read this, but right now I’m listening while Jack tells me what he’s read in Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beautiful Life (It’s a slippery slope, this keeping track of what The Other is reading so closely, day by day, that soon I almost forget that I’m not the one reading it!) But, the writing is first class and the story is gripping. (And: For all of us who grapple with whether or not we EVER can fashion a text about something terrible that happened way back? Justice Sotomayor’s done it with grace. Not that that’s the big point of her story, I mean, the title gives a hint as to her stance on it all.)

    Patty

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/books/my-beloved-world-a-memoir-by-sonia-sotomayor.html?pagewanted=all

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