A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life by Lauren Marks

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Read A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life Online Free - For fans of Brain on Fire and My Stroke of Insight, an incredible first-person account of one woman’s journey to regaining her language and identity after a brain aneurysm affects her ability to communicate.

Lauren Marks was twenty-seven, touring a show in Scotland with her friends, when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain and left her fighting for her life. She woke up in a hospital soon after with serious deficiencies to her reading, speaking, and writing abilities, and an unfamiliar diagnosis: aphasia. This would be shocking news for anyone, but Lauren was a voracious reader, an actress, director, and dramaturg, and at the time of the event, pursuing her PhD. At any other period of her life, this diagnosis would have been a devastating blow. But she woke up...different. The way she perceived her environment and herself had profoundly changed, her entire identity seemed crafted around a language she could no longer access. She returned to her childhood home to recover, grappling with a muted inner monologue and fractured sense of self.

Soon after, Lauren began a journal, to chronicle her year following the rupture. A Stitch of Time is the remarkable result, an Oliver Sacks–like case study of a brain slowly piecing itself back together, featuring clinical research about aphasia and linguistics, interwoven with Lauren’s personal narrative and actual journal entries that marked her progress. Alternating between fascination and frustration, she relearns and re-experiences many of the things we take for granted—reading a book, understanding idioms, even sharing a “first kiss”—and begins to reconcile “The Girl I Used to Be” with “The Girl I Am Now.” Deeply personal and powerful, A Stitch of Time is an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, resilience, and hope.

Title : A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life
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ISBN : 1451697511
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Brenda rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2017

This is a subject that I find so fascinating, the brain, how it works and how it mends after trauma. I have previously read Brain on Fire and My Labotomy: A Memoir by Howard Dully and just now finished A Stitch of Time. Not only did this book provide a lot of scientific information about the brai...

Audrey rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2017

This is the perfect book for anyone in or interested in the medical field especially speech language pathology as it gives a very deep and detailed look at how important language is and how a brain injury can change it so dramatically. I would highly recommend this for a change of perspective to...

MsArdychan rated it ★★★☆☆

May 11, 2017

Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way. When I was twenty-seven, my dad had a massive stroke, brought on by uncontrolled diabetes. Suddenly, he was a different person. He went fro...

Tracey rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2017

this truly remarkable insight into this lady’s recovery process after a brain injury. This really was such an interesting book which Lauren explains all different aspects of what actually happened to her and how she had to have a speech therapist to help her find her voice again. This is one fas...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

May 09, 2017

Thank You to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advanced copy of Lauren Marks' memoir, A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- Lauren Marks is just twenty-seven years old, when she suffers a brain aneurysm while kar...

Biblio rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2017

Imagine that you're twenty seven, off to a promising career in writing and in acting, and you've just started pursuing a graduate degree. Everything is moving right along and your future is rosy. Then, a brain aneurysm causes a stroke. While this could very well have been fatal, luck is on your s...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

June 02, 2017

I picked this book up on my library's new release shelf, brain injuries and the cover caught my eye. I'm interested in brain injuries for personal reasons and also from an academic perspective too. That said I gave it a three for several reasons 1) there was a quite a bit of cussing, a few words,...

Michele rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2017

This book was a really fascinating look at language in the aftermath of a stroke. The author explores how brain trauma affected her ability to read, write, and process language - including reading emotional language from others and listening to her own inner voice. She notes that, without languag...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

An interesting and informative memoir of a woman's journey with aphasia after a ruptured brain aneurysm. Not only does it depict her daily struggles with relearning oral and written language, but we are privy to her dealings with her family, friends, and current boyfriend and her relationships wi...

Kilian rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

One minute she was on stage in Edinburgh singing karaoke with her friend. Then an aneurysm in her brain she didn't know she had ruptured, and she woke in a Scottish hospital, unable to speak, read, or write. This time of her life, which she refers to as The Quiet, had a name—aphasia. She struggle...

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