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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

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ISBN13: 9780452295544
ISBN10: 0452295548
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The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment.

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old, Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life — all within four hours — Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by stepping to the right of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by brain chatter. Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

Review:

"In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recovery of those abilities (and the cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her brain. Read proficiently by the author, this is a fascinating memoir of the brain's remarkable resiliency and of one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others. Taylor repeatedly describes her 'stroke of insight'-a tremendous gratitude for, and connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing-and says that although she is fully recovered, she is not the same driven, type-A scientist that she was before the stroke. Her holistic approach to healing will be valuable to stroke survivors and their caregivers, who can pick up suggestions from Taylor's moving accounts of how her mother faithfully loved her back to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Transformative....[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world." ABC News

Review:

"[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities." The New York Times

Review:

"Fascinating...invaluable...fearless....This book is about the wonder of being human." Robert Koehler, Tribune Media Services

Synopsis:

A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.

Synopsis:

Imagine waking up in a train station in India with no idea who you are or how you got there.and#160; This is what happened to David MacLean.

Synopsis:

andldquo;A mesmerizing, unsettling memoir about the ever-echoing nature of identityandmdash;written in vivid, blooming detail.andrdquo; andmdash;Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of Gone Girl

and#160;

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean andldquo;woke upandrdquo; on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

and#160;

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. He could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. His illness, it turned out, was the result of the commonly prescribed antimalarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

and#160;

andldquo;[MacLean] is an exceedingly entertaining psychotic . . . [A] raw, honest and beautiful memoir.andrdquo;andmdash;New York Times

and#160;

andldquo;A deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self . . . MacLean has written a memoir that combines the evocative power of William Styronandrsquo;s Darkness Visible, the lyric subtlety of Michael Ondaatjeandrsquo;s Running in the Family and the narrative immediacy of a Hollywood action film. He reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with.andrdquo;andmdash;Los Angeles Times

and#160;

DAVID STUART MACLEAN is a PEN/American Awardandndash;winning writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a cofounder of the Poison Pen Reading Series.

Synopsis:

and#8220;Brilliant and painful and hilarious.and#8221; and#8212;Antonya Nelson

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean and#8220;woke upand#8221; on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, drawn from David MacLeanand#8217;s award-winning This American Life essay, is a deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book. It asks every reader to confront the essential questions of our age: In our geographically and chemically fluid world, what makes me who I am? And how much can be stripped away before I become someone else entirely?and#160;

About the Author

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., is a neuron-anatomist affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is the national spokesperson at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank), and one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, 2008.

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DC, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by DC)
Deeply interesting book about right and left brain, and where "we" are and how we integrate the information received. Useful along with meditation. As a culture, we need more right-brain thinking, and now. This is a fast and fascinating read - very accessible. Anything that can move us globally toward connection and compassion is highly welcome!
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cils023, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by cils023)
Who knew brain stroke could be so exciting. Taylor writes about this critical injury from the point of view of a brain scientist who has both experienced a stroke *and* has recovered enough to describe it with humor and in minute detail. I recommend that people at least read the first chapter, even if they are not at first convinced that the topic sounds appealing: it is like a ringside view of the author experiencing the acute stroke episode in real time. Reading like a psychedelic or endogenous mystical experience, it also captures the voice of Taylor's analytical mind as it narrates its own slipping away like water through a sieve before she it rushed to the hospital.
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smiley reader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by smiley reader)
I have always been fascinated by the brain and how its function affects our behavior and learning. To read a book by an actual brain scientist who was able to comment on what happened during her stroke from her knowledge was a unique voyage into the brain's inner workings, and how it heals itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452295544
Author:
Taylor, Jill Bolte
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Taylor, Ph. D.
Author:
Taylor, Ph.D., Jill Bolte
Author:
MacLean, David Stuart
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Healing - General
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients.
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w art throughout; one table
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Plume Books - English 9780452295544 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recovery of those abilities (and the cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her brain. Read proficiently by the author, this is a fascinating memoir of the brain's remarkable resiliency and of one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others. Taylor repeatedly describes her 'stroke of insight'-a tremendous gratitude for, and connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing-and says that although she is fully recovered, she is not the same driven, type-A scientist that she was before the stroke. Her holistic approach to healing will be valuable to stroke survivors and their caregivers, who can pick up suggestions from Taylor's moving accounts of how her mother faithfully loved her back to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Transformative....[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world."
"Review" by , "[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...invaluable...fearless....This book is about the wonder of being human."
"Synopsis" by , A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.
"Synopsis" by , Imagine waking up in a train station in India with no idea who you are or how you got there.and#160; This is what happened to David MacLean.
"Synopsis" by ,
andldquo;A mesmerizing, unsettling memoir about the ever-echoing nature of identityandmdash;written in vivid, blooming detail.andrdquo; andmdash;Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of Gone Girl

and#160;

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean andldquo;woke upandrdquo; on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

and#160;

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. He could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. His illness, it turned out, was the result of the commonly prescribed antimalarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

and#160;

andldquo;[MacLean] is an exceedingly entertaining psychotic . . . [A] raw, honest and beautiful memoir.andrdquo;andmdash;New York Times

and#160;

andldquo;A deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self . . . MacLean has written a memoir that combines the evocative power of William Styronandrsquo;s Darkness Visible, the lyric subtlety of Michael Ondaatjeandrsquo;s Running in the Family and the narrative immediacy of a Hollywood action film. He reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with.andrdquo;andmdash;Los Angeles Times

and#160;

DAVID STUART MACLEAN is a PEN/American Awardandndash;winning writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a cofounder of the Poison Pen Reading Series.

"Synopsis" by ,

and#8220;Brilliant and painful and hilarious.and#8221; and#8212;Antonya Nelson

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean and#8220;woke upand#8221; on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, drawn from David MacLeanand#8217;s award-winning This American Life essay, is a deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book. It asks every reader to confront the essential questions of our age: In our geographically and chemically fluid world, what makes me who I am? And how much can be stripped away before I become someone else entirely?and#160;

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