Sue’s January Recommendation

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me:  A Memoir of Amnesia by David McLean

index.aspxSue says:  “I just finished The Answer to the Riddle Is Me:  A Memoir of Amnesia by David McLean. I had listened to his 2010 award-winning essay on NPR’s This American Life about the harrowing experience of losing his memory while in India as a result of taking an anti-malarial medicine. No money, no passport, no identity.  The 2014 book expands upon on his essay to fill in the details of how he came to be in India (completing a Fulbright scholarship) and the difficult, painful year he endured trying to recover his memory and figure out his ‘true’ psyche.  A compelling read!”

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I Forgot to Remember:  A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck – “Just twenty-two years old, Su Meck was already married and the mother of two children in 1988 when a ceiling fan in the kitchen of her home fell from its mounting and struck her in the head. She survived the life-threatening swelling in her brain that resulted from the accident, but when she regained consciousness in the hospital the next day, she didn’t know her own name. She didn’t recognize a single family member or friend, she couldn’t read or write or brush her teeth or use a fork–and she didn’t have even a scrap of memory from her life up to that point.” – Publisher’s description

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Little Failure:  A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart – “… a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world.” – Publisher’s description

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