One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Finalist for the National Book Circle Critics Award

"A testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love." —Heller McAlpin, Washington Post

No other writer can blend the science of the brain with the love of language like Diane Ackerman. In this extraordinary memoir, she opens a window into the experience of wordlessness—the language paralysis called aphasia. In narrating the recovery of her husband, Paul West, from a stroke that reduced his vast vocabulary to a single syllable, she evokes the joy and mystery of the brain’s ability to find and connect words. Deeply rewarding to readers of all kinds, Ackerman has given us a literary love story, accessible insight into the science and medicine of brain injury, and invaluable spiritual sustenance in the face of life’s myriad physical sufferings.
 

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User Review  - lynndp - LibraryThing

This book is the story of four years in the life of a couple after the husband suffers serious aphasia caused by a stroke. The sense of loss is heightened by the fact that both husband and wife are ... Read full review

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User Review  - lisaflip - LibraryThing

This was a decent book. The author's husband suffers a stroke and is affected by apashia, a language disorder which ranges from having difficulty remembering words to being completely unable to speak ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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About the author (2011)

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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