A Brain Wider Than the Sky

A Brain Wider Than the Sky : A Migraine Diary

3.67 (287 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$25.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


With more than one in ten Americans affected, the phenomenon of migraine is widely prevalent and often ignored or misdiagnosed. By his mid-forties, Andrew Levy's migraines were occasional reminders of a persistent illness that he'd wrestled with half his life. Then, in 2006, Levy was struck almost daily by a series of debilitating migraines that kept him essentially bedridden for months. When possible, Levy kept careful track of what triggered an onset - the 'thin, taut' pain from drinking a bourbon, the stabbing pulse brought on by a few too many M&M's - and in luminous prose recounts his struggle to live with migraines, his meticulous attempts at calibrating his lifestyle to combat and avoid them, and the personal relationship a migraineur develops with the pain, delirium, and hallucinations. Levy read about personalities and artists throughout history with migraine - Alexander Pope, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, even Elvis - and researched the treatments for migraine sufferers. He candidly describes his rehabilitation with the aid of prescription drugs and his eventual re-emergence into the world, back to work and writing.
An enthralling blend of memoir and provocative analysis, A Brain Wider Than the Sky offers rich insights into an illness whose effects are too often discounted and whose sufferers are too often overlooked.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 446g
  • East Roseville, Australia
  • English
  • 1416572503
  • 9781416572503
  • 2,422,309

Rating details

287 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 23% (66)
4 34% (97)
3 32% (93)
2 8% (24)
1 2% (7)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X