One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

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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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Review: One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

User Review  - Becky Roper - Goodreads

A poet writes about her author husband and the aftermath of his major stroke. There was WAY too much detail, it was full or arcane literary references and it was long. Snore. I listened to it on CD while quilting . . . if I was reading I would never have finished it. Read full review

Review: One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

This was one of those "wow, I learned a lot" books - more than I hope I'll ever need to know about having a stroke or the resulting recovery (including levels of aphasia). What dropped the rating ... 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 21
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Section 26
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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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