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Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire

Author Susannah Cahalan

  • Published: 2012-11-13
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 115 Customers Review
Price: $11.99


An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Great read

    From Loren Ylitalo
    Amazingly captivating read! Cahalan intricately describes the science of her disease while creating an emotional roller coaster of a story. Highly recommended.
  • Fascinating

    From Lostinbooks
    This book was a wonderful read, well written, great information, and a fascinating although scary story. I am really happy Susannah shared her story with the world.
  • Mature, real-life drama

    From Gail Nykoliation
    Loved this book. Fabulous integration of drama and science.
  • Couldn't put it down

    From Moon_Star
    Written in clear, dynamic prose, Brain on Fire is a great read on many levels. First off, it's a riveting story with a time-honoured dramatic arc, the power of which is undeniable. On top of that, it's a spell-binding detective story, a deeply personal memoir, and a cautionary tale about science and medicine. The reader takes away a hefty dose of new awareness and knowledge, delivered in a highly engaging and entertaining package. At times harrowing, funny and uplifting, Brain on Fire is chock-full of heroes and crucial moments that kept me turning pages and cheering for the author throughout her journey.
  • Brain on fire

    From Baredtowho
    Awesome book. Started it and could not put it down till it was done. I hope that it gets the word out to all Health Professionals to keep an open mind and stay current.