Bookworks, UNM's Center for Life Presents Susannah Cahalan of BRAIN ON FIRE, 8/10
Bookworks and UNM's Center for Life Presents Susannah Cahalan, the best-selling author ofBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness at the Domenici Center Auditorium at the University of New Mexico Medical School.
Entry to the event requires a ticket, which is the cost of and includes the paperback edition of Brain on Fire, set for release August 6. Tickets can be purchased online or at Bookworks and will be available for pick-up at will call the day of the event.
Brain on Fire is the New York Times bestseller that NPR calls "stunningly brave . . . a kind of anti-memoir, an out-of-body personal account of a young woman's fight to survive one of the cruelest diseases imaginable . . . An unexpected gift of a book from one of America's most courageous young journalists."
One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, and wearing a wristband that marked her as a "flight risk." Her medical records-chronicling a month-long hospital stay, of which she had no memory at all-showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who was the stranger who had taken over her body? What was happening to her mind?
In this swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing story of her inexplicable descent into madness, the period that nearly tore her closest friends and family apart, and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that almost didn't happen. A team of doctors would spend a month-and more than a million dollars-searching for a medical explanation before they recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.