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4 Books to Check Out

Posted by Lynn Bronikowski Jan 24 2018

Whether you’re a stroke survivor, caregiver or healthcare professional these authors share their stories on everything from the frontlines of stroke to talking to children about aphasia.

Carrying the Black Bag, A Neurologist's Bedside Tales by Tom Hutton, MD is the internationally recognized clinical and research neurologist's first book for a general audience. Inspired by those whose lives prompted his professional sojourn, he lovingly tells his patients’ stories, describes their immense reservoirs of courage and perseverance, and depicts their struggles to achieve balance for their disrupted lives. He shares these stories of pathos and humor in the hope they will inspire and help other patients, family members and health care professionals. He invites the reader into his exam room to meet remarkable people with uncommon coping skills and wonderful tales.

Ruby & The Big Guy by Laura Landon Cook was inspired by her father who had a stroke in 2012. At the time her children were six years old.  She went to the library to find a book that would help them understand what had happened to Papa.  She couldn’t find anything and wrote a book about their Papa, his aphasia and his therapy dog Ruby. This book helps him explain to others what it means to have aphasia, why he has a crooked smile and why he has trouble walking very far. 

Love Stroke by Kelly and Brad Marsh tells the story of two young business people whose lives were changed when Kelly experienced a stroke Aug. 30, 2009. Their memoir narrates the firsthand, chronological views from both the survivor and the primary caregiver, including their life before, the day everything changed, and the first two years of recovery. Kelly and Brad share personal trial-and-error insights from their journey and also give advice to friends and family on the best way to support their loved one and each other.

The Analyst by Molly Peacock was written after her psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke. A distinguished and beloved poet, Peacock, took up the unique task of writing a collection of poems. The Analyst is a 21st century “in memoriam” of ambiguous loss in which Peacock tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now reverses and continues to evolve. Peacock invigorates the notion of poetry as word-painting: A tapestry of images, from a red enameled steamer on a black stove to Tibetan monks funneling glowing sand into a painting, create the backdrop for her quest to define identity.


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