Brain on Fire
Books | Biography & Autobiography / Medical (incl. Patients)
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING CHLOË GRACE MORETZ A “captivating” (The New York Times Book Review), award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is a powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled as violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In an “unforgettable” (Elle), “stunningly brave” (NPR), and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that almost didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance.
Simon and Schuster
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"What an incredible story. I’m not sure I’ve ever read something so crazy that also has such a good ending. Without spoiling it, the author (a reporter), wakes up to one day understand she is essentially losing her mind. Her own body is killing her. Very well written and easy to read on a heavy topic."
""Brain on Fire" is a great autobiographical recall of Susan Cahalan's illness and how it took hold of her life, affecting her career, relationships, and herself. I love reading books from the prospective of someone with an illness or disorder, as it gives great insight to what it looks like from the inside looking out. With plenty of medical jargon to satisfy me, I have read this book at least four times and it continues to be one of my favourite books."
"This is another tense and suspenseful memoir I could not put down. "