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The Incredible Human Body List

Allison Tyler thinks a good book and a cup of tea help cure what ails you. If you're looking for her, she's probably painting in the woods.

Prepare yourself to be awed by these five medical and scientific tales that illustrate just how fragile, fierce, resilient and confusing our bodies can be. Mystery viruses, schizophrenia, gender identity, anxiety, and the woman who never knew her cells saved millions…human beings are incredible.


Brain on Fire
by Susannah Cahalan
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?
Brain on Fire
Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan awakes in a hospital room, strapped to the bed. Crazy? Psychotic? Mental breakdown? BRAIN ON FIRE is her story of a devastating autoimmune disease misdiagnosed over and over—all while it appears she is losing her mind.

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
by Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith’s MONKEY MIND is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith’s MONKEY MIND is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.

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The Memory Palace
by Mira Bartok

In the tradition of THE GLASS CASTLE, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, THE MEMORY PALACE captures the love between mother and daughter, the complex meaning of truth, and family’s capacity for forgiveness.

The Memory Palace
Mira Bartok

In the tradition of THE GLASS CASTLE, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, THE MEMORY PALACE captures the love between mother and daughter, the complex meaning of truth, and family’s capacity for forgiveness.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells became one of medicine’s most important tools. This phenomenal bestseller about the collision of ethics, race, and medicine is intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down.
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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
by John Colapinto

In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine, and a total failure. AS NATURE MADE HIM tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man and one family's amazing survival in the face of terrible odds.

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John Colapinto

In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine, and a total failure. AS NATURE MADE HIM tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man and one family's amazing survival in the face of terrible odds.

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