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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Thus edition (May 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295544
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,339 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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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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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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"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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i read this book in a day because i just couldnt put it down! this is very well written also,understandable if you're unfamiliar with medical terms and procedures. i recommend this to everyone who can read or listen to audio books as the information is really so much more valuable than gold to us all ! you are with her during her ups and downs and its like youre by her side during it all. one of my all time favorite brain books :0)
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Very interesting first hand account by someone who works in the area of neuro-science. I got a copy for a friend who is in recovery from a stroke and she found the advice on how to help someone in her position extremely useful info for family and friends.
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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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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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Everyone should read this. We all need to know more about our brain. It is our biggest power. Let's make it our friend by understanding how it works. Jill Bolte Taylor gives us this insight through a terrifying experience that she handles with her cool analytical mind trained in scientific research.
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