Multcolib Research Picks: Illness memoirs
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: http://multcolib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1807483068_autobiography_of_a_face#sthash.zouW3s39.dpuf
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: http://multcolib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1734044068_diving_bell_and_the_butterfly
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.
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.
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.