I won’t normally be posting on Wednesday’s but since I couldn’t post yesterday due to killer cramps attempting to murder me from the inside out, I grabbed this and posted today!
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan is a great book, hands down an incredible read. I mentioned this book in my last book review (of the Bluest Eye), and thinking back on Brain on Fire I jumped over to my bookcase, pulled it out and reread it in one sitting – still a page turner!
A summary according to Amazon: 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?
What I love about this book is how in dept she gets about her disease. I’m a psychology nerd, I absolutely love learning about the brain and how it controls us. Having an entire book that throws you into an emotional and so well detailed journey, that Susannah went through first hand, about anti-NDMA receptor encephalitis is (again) so detailed, emotionally and mentally.
Her comprehensive research of her month of madness is incredibly detailed (can’t say detailed enough!!) given to you through various sources; doctors, family, friends. She recalls what she can, mainly from her recovery, however her entire month is sourced from everyone in her life whom helped and supported her.
I clearly can’t say it enough, this book is incredibly well written and detailed beyond compare. Brain on Fire is a top recommendation from me. If you’re at all curious about the human brain or how it may feel to go absolutely mad, then read this book.
Have you read Brain on Fire? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!