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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Ackerman Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny, and mind-opening.”

    Booklist

  • “Breathtaking…Hollowed out my chest…A splendid book.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Renewed my faith in the redemptive power of love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Fiction
  • A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " Reminiscent of Joan Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking. But not as good. BUT still enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/14/2014

    " Ackerman writes so well on the aftermath of her husband's stroke, the immense changes in her own life, and the frustrations and love in suddenly becoming a caregiver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brynn Lewis | 2/1/2014

    " I really found this book interesting. It is about a man who has a stroke and the his resulting language difficulties. It took me back to my college days learning about the anatomy of the brain, strokes, and language disorders. Written by the man's wife, it gave me a completely different perspective than I've ever had before, and taught me a lot about people, treatment, and language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 1/16/2014

    " I wish I had read this book a few years ago, but alas, it was not published a few years ago. Diane Ackerman has a pretty sophisticated understanding of the brain and she was able to use that understanding to help her husband regain language. A lovely story that is pretty honest about the ups and downs of being the primary caregiver for a spouse. "

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