25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce



The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$11.87
Sale Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Health and Medicine- Headaches

This title in other editions

A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary

by

A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

With more than one in ten Americans — and more than one in five families — affected, the phenomenon of migraine is widely prevalent and often ignored or misdiagnosed. By his mid-forties, Andrew Levy's migraines were occasional reminders of a persistent illness that he'd wrestled with half his life, though he had not fully contemplated their physical and psychological influence on the individual, family, and society at large. Then in 2006 Levy was struck almost daily by a series of debilitating migraines that kept him essentially bedridden for months, imprisoned by pain and nausea that retreated only briefly in gentler afternoon light.

When possible, Levy kept careful track of what triggered an onset — the thin, taut pain from drinking a bourbon, the stabbing pulse brought on by a few too many M&M's — and in luminous prose recounts his struggle to live with migraines, his meticulous attempts at calibrating his lifestyle to combat and avoid them, and most tellingly, the personal relationship a migraineur develops — an almost Stockholm syndrome-like attachment — with the indescribable pain, delirium, and hallucinations.

Levy read about personalities and artists throughout history with migraine — Alexander Pope, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, even Elvis — and researched the treatments and medical advice available for migraine sufferers. He candidly describes his rehabilitation with the aid of prescription drugs and his eventual reemergence into the world, back to work and writing. An enthralling blend of memoir and provocative analysis, A Brain Wider Than the Sky offers rich insights into an illness whose effects are too often discounted and whose sufferers are too often overlooked.

Review:

It's no easy business to write about pain. Memoirs of illness and injury too frequently end up either as proud testimonies of endurance or self-indulgent tomes. Andrew Levy's beautiful memoir, "A Brain Wider Than the Sky," is welcome relief.

A professor of English at Butler University, Levy is also an accomplished writer, who here turns his exacting gaze inward: He invites us to... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Exploring and illuminating migraine suffering in the way Andrew Solomon's "The Noonday Demon" revealed the dynamics of depression, this memoir offers Levy's evocative personal story relating to this commonly misdiagnosed illness.

About the Author

Andrew Levy is the author of several books and a writer whose work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Dissent, Best American Essays, and other publications. He lives in Indianapolis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416572503
Author:
Levy, Andrew
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Subject:
Pain Management
Subject:
Neurology - Headache
Subject:
Migraine
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.78x6.00x1.04 in. .90 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Karen Brown's Pacific Northwest:... Used Trade Paper $2.75
  2. Karen Brown's Italy: Exceptional... Used Trade Paper $5.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Brain
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Headaches
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Illnesses

A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary Sale Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.87 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416572503 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Exploring and illuminating migraine suffering in the way Andrew Solomon's "The Noonday Demon" revealed the dynamics of depression, this memoir offers Levy's evocative personal story relating to this commonly misdiagnosed illness.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.