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The shaking woman, or, A history of my nerves

Author: Siri Hustvedt
Publisher: New York : Picador/Henry Holt, 2011, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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In this unique neurological memoir, Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious condition. While speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006, Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down. Despite her flapping arms and shaking legs, she continued to speak clearly and was able to finish her speech. It was as if she had suddenly become two people: a calm orator and a shuddering wreck. Then  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Siri Hustvedt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siri Hustvedt
ISBN: 9780312429577 0312429576
OCLC Number: 694769908
Notes: "A Frances Coady book."
Description: 214 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: History of my nerves
Responsibility: Siri Hustvedt.

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In this unique neurological memoir, Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious condition. While speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006, Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down. Despite her flapping arms and shaking legs, she continued to speak clearly and was able to finish her speech. It was as if she had suddenly become two people: a calm orator and a shuddering wreck. Then the seizures happened again and again. "The Shaking Woman" tracks Hustvedt's search for a diagnosis, one that takes her inside the thought processes of several scientific disciplines, each one of which offers a distinct perspective on her paroxysms but no ready solution. Ultimately, her quest to understand her own mysterious troubles becomes "a brilliant illumination for us all" (George Makari, author of "Revolution in Mind").

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