Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 13, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING CHLOň GRACE MORETZ

An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the 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 violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift 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 nearly 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 that is destined to become a classic.
 

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It’s reasonably well written, which makes me wonder what sort of writing talent in this country gets ploughed into tabloid jobs. I guess that’s the sociological take, which obviously isn’t the only ... Read full review

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I found this book fascinating to read. The thought of losing memories, days and oneself seems to me like a nightmare scenario. The author balances her experiences with simple medical terminology ... Read full review

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Contents

Shadowboxer
Dalmaus Disease
Rhubarb
The Big Reveal
90 Percent
Homecoming
California Dreamin
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME

On the Road Again
OutofBody Experience
A Touch of Madness
Mixed Episodes
Keppra
The Ruse
Buddha
Search and Seizure
THE CLOCK
The Capgras Delusion
Postictal Fury
Multiple Personality Disorder
Breaking News
Big
The Slope of the Line
Death with Interruptions
A Beautiful Mess
Dr Najjar
IVIG
Blue Devil
The Clock
Brain Biopsy
The Videotape
Stuffed Animals
Wild at Heart
Friends
Within Normal Limits
Umbrella
Chronology
Infinite Jest
NDMA
Partial Return
The Five Ws
Grand Rounds
The Exorcist
Survivors Guilt
Hometown Boy Makes Good
Ecstatic
Madame X
Afterword
About Susannah Cahalan
Illustration Credits
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Susannah Cahalan is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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