My Year off

My Year off : Recovering Life after a Stroke

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On the morning of July 29, 1995, Robert McCrum--forty-two-years old, newly married, at the top of his profession as one of British publishing's most admired editors, and in what he thought was the full bloom of health--awoke to find himself totally paralyzed on the left side, the victim of a stroke brought on by a massive cerebral hemorrhage. In My Year Off, McCrum takes readers through his own education about strokes and the frustrating reality that medical science can neither pinpoint the cause of his stroke nor offer any guarantee of recovery. He poignantly writes about his life being irrevocably changed, and, in a new afterword, how his book has touched others. McCrum's recovery is beset by anger and depression, but also marked by the love of his wife, Sarah Lyall, a love that proves equal to their dismaying circumstances. With excerpts from both their journals sprinkled throughout, My Year Off is much more than a story of recovery: It is a love story of the most realistic--and hence, inspiring--kind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 239 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767904001
  • 9780767904001
  • 1,563,563

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On the morning of July 29, 1995, Robert McCrum--forty-two-years old, newly married, at the top of his profession as one of British publishing's most admired editors, and in what he thought was the full bloom of health--awoke to find himself totally paralyzed on the left side, the victim of a stroke brought on by a massive cerebral hemorrhage. In My Year Off, McCrum takes readers through his own education about strokes and the frustrating reality that medical science can neither pinpoint the cause of his stroke nor offer any guarantee of recovery. He poignantly writes about his life being irrevocably changed, and, in a new afterword, how his book has touched others. McCrum's recovery is beset by anger and depression, but also marked by the love of his wife, Sarah Lyall, a love that proves equal to their dismaying circumstances. With excerpts from both their journals sprinkled throughout, My Year Off is much more than a story of recovery: It is a love story of the most realistic--and hence, inspiring--kind.
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"A meticulous and highly literate account, written by a good storyteller--.A book difficult to lay aside until its final sentence has been reached."
--Sherwin B. Nuland (author of How We Die), "The New York Times"

"Elevating the health-book genre to art is My Year Off. Here's proof a book can delight as it heals"
--"The Wall Street Journal"

"Lucid, heartfelt . . . a testament to the parallel trials and the courage of the family members of stroke victims."
--Abraham Verghese, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Good reading for anyone who thinks about or has an illness . . . or who ponders change and the meaning of a meaningful life."
--"USA Today"

"McCrum eloquently recounts the year of rage, depression, and small victories that has finally left him facing the future with determination and grace."
--"Seattle Times"
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About Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum, now literary editor of London's "Observer, " was the editor-in-chief of the publishing firm Faber & Faber in London for nearly twenty years. He has authored six highly acclaimed novels and is the coauthor of the bestselling The Story of English. McCrum lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall, and their daughter.
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