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5 Must-read Books About Stroke

Posted by Lisa O’Neill Hill Jul 15 2015

Some of these five recommended books focus on personal accounts of stroke recovery—detailing the physical and emotional impact of brain attack on the survivor and his or her loved ones. Others are guides for stroke survivors and their caregivers. All of them convey messages of hope and determination.

If you’re a survivor or a caregiver looking to learn more about stroke, consider these books:

1. “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey” by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD

Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, couldn’t walk, talk, read, write or remember any of her life after she had a hemorrhagic stroke when she was 37. It took her eight years to recover. She writes about the unique perspective having a stroke had on her ability to understand how the brain works.


2. “After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier” by Cleo Hutton

Hutton, a stroke survivor and a nurse, passes along tips she used during her own recovery. She offers advice on ways to help with pain and fatigue and gives helpful tips for doing daily activities such as getting dressed and taking care of your hair. It also touches on the self-esteem issues that can occur post-stroke and the healing power of humor.


3. “Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery” by Peter G. Levine

This book offers simple ways to make the best possible recovery. It includes a breakdown of the phrases of recovery and the importance of repeating certain tasks and movements. The author also writes about the importance of setting goals and recognizing when those goals have been achieved.


4. “One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing” by Diane Ackerman

In this book, Ackerman details her husband’s stroke and how his life—and theirs—changed in an instant. Before his stroke, Ackerman’s husband was a writer and professor with sophisticated language skills; after the stroke, he struggles with aphasia. This book, which at its essence is a love story, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


5. “Living With Stroke: A Guide for Families” by Richard C. Senelick, MD

Written by a neurologist and the medical director at the Health-South Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio (RIOSA), this easy-to-understand guide explains everything from how a stroke happens and how the brain repairs itself to how to choose the best rehabilitation facility. It also addresses the emotional impact of stroke and its effect on the survivor and his or her loved ones. 

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