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An impassioned, tender, and joyous memoir by the author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report, “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.

With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer—and of the man who has illuminated the many ways in which the brain makes us human.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deeply moving…Dr. Sacks trains his descriptive and analytic powers on his own life, providing a revealing look at his childhood and coming of age, his discovery and embrace of his vocation, and his development as a writer.”

    New York Times

  • On the Move is a disarming book. His honesty, energy, and clear restlessness illuminate each page, drawing the reader in to a life of great achievement in spite of some hurdles.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • On the Move contains so many vibrant and deeply human connections, revelations, and discoveries that it becomes a kind of tapestry—less like a straight narrative than an object of fascination and marvel.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “[A] rangy, introspective autobiography…Sacks’ writing is lucid, earnest, and straightforward, yet always raptly attuned to subtleties of character and feeling in himself and others; the result…is a fitting retrospective of his lifelong project of making science a deeply humanistic pursuit.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Woren’s pacing is varied and upbeat.”


  • “The book is a kind of reckoning, a summing up, of Sacks’ growth as an intellectual and a writer…We are swept along by the velocity of his account of a long and eventful life.”


  • “Frank and candid, Sacks sounds as though he’s talking to the reader from across the dinner table. His story is a reminder that we create our own journeys.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is an engaging memoir by a consummate storyteller.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick in Memoirs for May 2015
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2015
  • A Carnegie Medal for Literature Longlist Selection
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Biographies & Memoirs
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
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