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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Reprint edition (May 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295544
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Transformative...[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world."
-ABC News

"[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities."
-The New York Times

"Fascinating...invaluable...fearless...This book is about the wonder of being human."
-Robert Koehler, Tribune Media Services

About the Author

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who teaches at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the Consulting Neuroantomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Since 1993 she has been an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Her story has been featured on the PBS program Understanding Amazing Brain, among others. She was interviewed on NPR’s Infinite Mind and ABC News, and was named one of The 100 of the World’s Most Influential People of 2008 in Time Magazine.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Sirant on Aug. 25 2008
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This is Dr. Taylor's gripping account of her own "neuroplastic" rehabilitation, very accessibly described --as only a neuroanatomist and neuroscientist could describe it.

Dr. Taylor gives hope to all who have suffered, not only stroke, but any loss of mental function --such as the tragic brain damage that follows inhalant abuse by vulnerable children and adolescents.

Dr. Taylor describes beautifully her personal growth and sublimation that followed her stroke-induced transcendental experiences.

Her mother's loving and untiring therapy -- which masterfully and intuitively engaged the healing power of brain neuroplasticity-- was truly inspirational.

I highly recommend this wonderful story of Dr. Taylor's healing journey to all mental health workers.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 22 2008
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"The story that follows is my stroke of insight into the beauty and resiliency of the human brain. It's a personal account, as seen through the eyes of a neuroscientist [or brain scientist, which the author is], about what it felt like to experience the deterioration of my left brain [that is, the author experienced a rare form of stroke or cerebrovascular accident in the left cerebral hemisphere of her brain at age 37] and then recover [or survive] it. It is my hope that this book will offer insight into how the brain works in both wellness and in illness. Although this book is written for the general public, I hope you will share it with people you want to help recover from brain trauma [not just stroke patients] and their caregivers."

The above is found in this insightful book authored by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. Note that this book is a record of Taylor's "personal journey" of having and recovering from a stroke. She tells us:

"Every brain has a story and this is mine."

This book falls into four parts:

(1) Pre-stroke:

This part introduces the reader to who Taylor was before she had her stroke.

(2) Stroke:

Recounts the events of the morning she had her stroke. She provides a step-by-step account of the deterioration of her cognitive abilities, as seen through the eyes of a brain scientist.

(3) Recovery:

Here, Taylor shares chronologically her journey to recovery.

(4) What she has learned:

That is, what Taylor has learned about the brain after having and recovering from a stroke.

This book may be unique in that the person who had the stroke was a neuroscientist, neuroanatomist,
or brain scientist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Vonk on Oct. 28 2011
Format: Paperback
Jill's journey from a left brain to right brain lens on the world after her stroke is a revelation. Her unique ability to articulate the left/right duality reveals not only how the brain works, but why we have so much trouble empathizing and relating to those who literally process the world around them totally differently from ourselves. Massive implications for business life, just for starters-- her lessons hold the keys for better collaboration between the right and left brainers. An utterly fascinating read; as the cliche goes, I could not put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By May on Aug. 20 2010
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Thank you for giving me the 'insight' into a stroke patient's mind. The intro chapters were great as it gave me a basis for an understanding of the brain before reading Jill's recount. Jill's recount of the "day" of the stroke and shortly after was truly an 'insight' for me as I deal with my mother's stroke. "How to talk to a stroke victim" gave me more empathy in dealing with Mom. Thank you for giving me HOPE as we were told by the doctors after a few months had past, that "this is as good as it gets and you'll never have your Mom back." She's back. Love, support and daily diligence with my Mom has brought her further than we were given any hope of by the doctors. Healing is slow but it continues...........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pbjelly on Feb. 12 2010
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I read this book from my library, and felt it was so important that I bought my own copy. This is an utterly fascinating account of a young brain scientist's stroke - she tells her story from the point of view of the sufferer and also as a scientist who knew what was happening at the moment. It would be valuable reading for anyone who will ever have a stroke, or who loves someone who has. It is especially useful in showing us how to help someone in that situation during the long months of recovery. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By humbugquilter on Feb. 17 2011
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Our book club comprised of six members read this book in February and each member reported essentiall the same thing: the book was a tremendous insight into the brain of the stroke victim and provided information that one would never otherwise have available. It was a personal account of a catastrophic event with a happy ending. For myself, I could recommend it to anyone who is close to a stroke victim or to someone who has a history of stroke in the family. Undeniably the book is a great resource; I will keep it on the shelf but I have to say it's not what I would consider a good book club choice. Read it if you need to but don't expect to enjoy it during the long cold winter when you have a day to devote to a book and the fireplace.
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