Sick
22%
off

Sick : A Memoir

3.52 (1,164 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Time Magazine's Best Memoirs of 2018

Boston Globe's 25 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Buzzfeed's 33 Most Exciting New Books

GQ Best Nonfiction Book of 2018

Bustle's 28 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018 list

Nylon's 50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Electric Literature's 46 Books to Read By Women of Color in 2018

Huffington Post's 60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Bitch's 30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018

The Rumpus's What to Read When 2018 is Just Around the Corner

Vol.1 Brooklyn's 23 for 2018: A Literary Preview for the Year to Come

The Millions Most Anticipated 2018 List

Auto Straddle Most Anticipated 2018 Preview

The Coil's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018



A powerful, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery.

For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. Sick is Khakpour's grueling, emotional journey--as a woman, an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems--in which she examines her subsequent struggles with mental illness and her addiction to doctor prescribed benzodiazepines, that both aided and eroded her ever-deteriorating physical health. Divided by settings, Khakpour guides the reader through her illness by way of the locations that changed her course--New York, LA, Santa Fe, and a college town in Germany--as she meditates on the physiological and psychological impacts of uncertainty, and the eventual challenge of accepting the diagnosis she had searched for over the course of her adult life. A story of survival, pain, and transformation, Sick candidly examines the colossal impact of illness on one woman's life by not just highlighting the failures of a broken medical system but by also boldly challenging our concept of illness narratives.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 206 x 18mm | 181g
  • English
  • 006242873X
  • 9780062428738
  • 237,670

Review Text

"Porochista Khakpour's powerful memoir, Sick, reads like a mystery and a reckoning with a love song at its core. Humane, searching, and unapologetic, Sick is about the thin lines and vast distances between illness and wellness, healing and suffering, the body and the self. Khakpour takes us all the way in on her struggle toward health with an intelligence and intimacy that moved, informed, and astonished me." Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author of Wild
show more

Review quote

"This book is something to keep by our desks rather than our bedside tables: not a consolation but a provocation."--Slate
show more

Rating details

1,164 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 22% (253)
4 32% (369)
3 29% (335)
2 13% (148)
1 5% (59)
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