Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012, 9:02 am

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan

2012

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Sarah C

Adults

Nonfiction

science, biography and memoir

In brief

5

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen just how amazing this book is. It is an absolutely incredible true story of strength and determination.

I devoured this memoir in one sitting because it reads just like a top-notch suspense novel.

The author, a successful young reporter, starts to feel not quite right, experiencing a tingle and numbness on her left side as well as lethargy, forgetfulness and sleeplessness.

OCD-like behavior, hallucinations, paranoia-- these symptoms are just the beginning of what Cahalan can remember during her slow decent into madness. When she starts having seizures, her family begins to suspect that something is terribly, horribly wrong. They know there must be a medical explanation and that Cahalan is not just going crazy.

The 24-year-old is admitted to a hospital where some very Dr. House-like doctors work with her to discover what is causing her brain to swell. The entire book is based on the little she can remember along with the recollections of her family and interviews with her doctors.

Really raw, really emotional and a story you will not forget.