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An incredible journey into the life of a young heart transplant patient, Sick Girl is extraordinary both for its gripping story of a medical miracle and for its unique and forceful narrator, Amy Silverstein. At just twenty-four, Amy Silverstein was your typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a budding romance and a heavy academic schedule, Amy did not have time for illness--especially not one that caused her heart to pound violently and erratically in her chest, for her to black out, lose her breath, and even suffer temporary blindness. When her family doctor suggested that her symptoms were due to stress and diet, she was more than happy to drop a few classes, think calm thoughts, and eat fistfuls of salt. At such a young age, how could she have guessed that her heart was about to give out? With a grace and force reminiscent of Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face or Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted, Amy Silverstein--a surprisingly irreverent narrator--chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing and ongoing recovery. Her memoir is made all the more dramatic by the deliriously romantic bedside courtship with her devoted boyfriend, Scott (now her husband), and her uncompromising desire to become a mother. Distrustful of her doctors and insistent in her refusal to be the grateful heart patient she is expected to be, Amy presents a patient's perspective that is truly eye-opening and sometimes controversial. Amy's shocking honesty and storytelling skills allow the reader to live her nightmare from the inside--an unforgettable experience that is both painfully disturbing and utterly compelling.

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The hardcover publication of Sick Girl garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a U.S. News & World Report blog, to hundreds of letters from readers, to a full-page review in People. Amys force, candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life, have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors.  At twenty-four, Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down. Until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband, and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.  In her remarkable book she presents a patients perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside—an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.

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Cedate, February 3, 2009 (view all comments by Cedate)
Sick Girl is an amazingly candid and brutally honest account of Amy Silverstein's journey through chronic illness. Her narrative is both gripping and disturbing in its honesty and detail and I found it difficult to put down. Thank you Amy for your bravery in sharing your life with us.
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Anne Payne, November 27, 2008 (view all comments by Anne Payne)
An excellent memoir, creating a vivid picture of what it's like to be a heart transplant recipient, and to be a young woman who makes a transition from apparent health to having a debilitating chronic condition. A good balance between emotion and information.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802143877
Author:
Silverstein, Amy
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Diseases - Heart
Subject:
Biography/Medical
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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The hardcover publication of Sick Girl garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a U.S. News & World Report blog, to hundreds of letters from readers, to a full-page review in People. Amys force, candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life, have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors.  At twenty-four, Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down. Until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband, and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.  In her remarkable book she presents a patients perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside—an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.
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