Everyone who cherishes the gift of language will cherish Diane Ackerman's narrative masterpiece, an exquisitely written love story and medical miracle story, one that combines science, inspiration, wisdom, and heart.
One day Ackerman's husband, Paul West, an exceptionally gifted wordsmith and intellectual, suffered a terrible stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with aphasia-loss of language-and could utter only a single syllable: "mem." The standard therapies yielded little result but frustration. Diane soon found, however, that by harnessing their deep knowledge of each other and her scientific understanding of language and the brain she could guide Paul back to the world of words. This triumphant book is both a humane and revealing addition to the medical literature on stroke and aphasia and an exquisitely written love story: a magnificent addition to literature, period.
Diane Ackerman is a poet and essayist, and the author of the acclaimed books A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES and A NATURAL HISTORY OF LOVE, amongst many others. In this moving tribute to her enduring marriage, she writes about her husband's stroke and his long journey to healing. Ackerman, intimately acquainted with both neurological science and her husband's language and thought patterns, was able to bypass traditional speech therapy methods and guide her husband lovingly and painstakingly back to recovery using her own techniques. This inspiring tale will appeal to lovers of memoirs as well as to family members and loved ones of stroke survivors.
- Biography + Autobiography
- Literary, Medical
- W W Norton & Co Inc
- April 4, 2011
- April 4, 2011
- Diane Ackerman