Multcolib Research Picks: Illness memoirs

Autobiography of A Face
Autobiography of A Face By Grealy, Lucy Book - 2003 B-Gr797a 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 21 copies

Annotation:At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. - See more at:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly By Bauby, Jean-Dominique Book - 1997 362.19681 B3372d 1997 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 6 copies

Annotation:Bauby wrote this book after suffering a stroke that left him nearly immobilized. Read on to discover how the author's imagination and determination allowed him to continue living well, or try the movie:

Sum It up
Sum It up 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and A Life in Perspective By Summitt, Pat Head Book - 2013 796.323092 S9559s 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Pat Summitt's story of early-onset Alzheimer's and basketball.

The Pain Chronicles
The Pain Chronicles Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering By Thernstrom, Melanie Book - 2010 616.0472 T411p 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Interweaving first-person reflections on her own battle with chronic pain, incisive reportage from leading-edge pain clinics and medical research, and insights from a wide range of disciplines--science, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art--Thernstrom shows that when dealing with pain we are neither as advanced as we imagine nor as helpless as we may fear.

My Stroke of Insight
My Stroke of Insight A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey By Taylor, Jill Bolte Book - 2008 616.81 T243m 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 21 copies

Annotation:Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist by profession, writes about her experience with stroke. Includes information about how the brain works, as well as a personal account of her experience.

Annotation:An unexpected and fascinating first-hand account of the experience of having a stroke.

Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire My Month of Madness By Cahalan, Susannah Book - 2012 616.8320092 C1321b 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 25 copies

Annotation:The author woke up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there - what happened?

Memoir of A Debulked Woman
Memoir of A Debulked Woman Enduring Ovarian Cancer By Gubar, Susan Book - 2012 616.99465 G921m 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Susan Gubar writes about her experience with ovarian cancer, exploring her own attitudes towards death and illness, and recounting the emotional and physical pain stemming from the disease and the debulking surgery she went through to treat it.

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