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My Stroke of Insight
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Taylor is a successful neuroanatomist and an advocate for the mentally ill. In 1996, at age 37, a blood vessel exploded in her brain, triggering a massive stroke. This account of the event and its aftermath is not a dry presentation of medical facts but a warm retelling of how the author's family and friends helped her in her eight-year-long ordeal. Taylor manages to buttress her life experiences with solid facts without diminishing the story's personal, human aspects. She does an excellent job with the reading, speaking in a personal manner and holding listeners' attention. Moving and informative; recommended for public libraries. [Audio clip available through us.penguingroup.com; watch Taylor on Oprah's Soul Series webcast at oongua.notlong.com.--Ed.]--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

a[T]here is comfort in better grasping what has gone wrong, and enlightenment for those around you when they grasp it too. None of us needs sympathy; what we do need is a helping hand and understanding. Someone like Taylor provides that, helping a terrible blow become far less so.a
- Dick Clark, in "Time Magazine" 100 Most Influential People of 2008
aFascinating. . . . Bursts with hope for everyone who is brain-injured (not just stroke patients) and gives medical practitioners clear, no-nonsense information about the shortcomings of conventional treatment and attitudes toward the brain- injured. . . . But to my mind, what makes "My Stroke of Insight" not just valuable but invaluableaa gift to every spiritual seeker and peace activistais what I would describe as Tayloras fearless mapping of the physiology of compassion, the physiology of Nirvana. This book is about the wonder of being human.a
aRobert Koehler, "Tribune Media Services"
[T]here is comfort in better grasping what has gone wrong, and enlightenment for those around you when they grasp it too. None of us needs sympathy; what we do need is a helping hand and understanding. Someone like Taylor provides that, helping a terrible blow become far less so.
- Dick Clark, in "Time Magazine" 100 Most Influential People of 2008
Fascinating. . . . Bursts with hope for everyone who is brain-injured (not just stroke patients) and gives medical practitioners clear, no-nonsense information about the shortcomings of conventional treatment and attitudes toward the brain- injured. . . . But to my mind, what makes "My Stroke of Insight" not just valuable but invaluable a gift to every spiritual seeker and peace activist is what I would describe as Taylor s fearless mapping of the physiology of compassion, the physiology of Nirvana. This book is about the wonder of being human.
Robert Koehler, "Tribune Media Services"
?[T]here is comfort in better grasping what has gone wrong, and enlightenment for those around you when they grasp it too. None of us needs sympathy; what we do need is a helping hand and understanding. Someone like Taylor provides that, helping a terrible blow become far less so.?
- Dick Clark, in "Time Magazine" 100 Most Influential People of 2008

?Fascinating. . . . Bursts with hope for everyone who is brain-injured (not just stroke patients) and gives medical practitioners clear, no-nonsense information about the shortcomings of conventional treatment and attitudes toward the brain- injured. . . . But to my mind, what makes "My Stroke of Insight" not just valuable but invaluable?a gift to every spiritual seeker and peace activist?is what I would describe as Taylor's fearless mapping of the physiology of compassion, the physiology of Nirvana. This book is about the wonder of being human.?
?Robert Koehler, "Tribune Media Services"

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