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One Hundred Names For Love
Diane Ackerman

A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

W. W. Norton & Company
April 2011
On Sale: April 4, 2011
322 pages
ISBN: 039307241X
EAN: 9780393072419
Hardcover
$26.95
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"Diane Ackerman's most enjoyable, intimate, and heartrending work yet."—Atul Gawande Everyone who cherishes the gift of language will cherish Diane Ackerman's narrative masterpiece, an exquisitely written love story and medical miracle story, one that combines science, inspiration, wisdom, and heart.

One day Ackerman's husband, Paul West, an exceptionally gifted wordsmith and intellectual, suffered a terrible stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with aphasia—loss of language—and could utter only a single syllable: "mem." The standard therapies yielded little result but frustration. Diane soon found, however, that by harnessing their deep knowledge of each other and her scientific understanding of language and the brain she could guide Paul back to the world of words. This triumphant book is both a humane and revealing addition to the medical literature on stroke and aphasia and an exquisitely written love story: a magnificent addition to literature, period.

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Diane Rehm Show - NPR - April 13, 2011

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