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  • The Center Cannot Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elyn R. Saks
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo

    Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

    glamazon says: "Schizophrenia Inside Out"
    "A Memoir of Schizophrenia"

    Schizophrenics are supposed to live in a world of their own, unable to function in society or to be understood. Not only does the author overcome her handicap and become a successful law professor, she reveals the inner workings of her mind and the demons that haunted her. Most likely this memoir was only made possible by reason of the enhanced drugs now used to control this horrible malady. In any event, I found the book fascinating from beginning to end.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Christopher Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

    Amazon Customer says: "Buckley Gets It Right"
    "Not Just About Losing"

    My own father was an avid fan of William F Buckley. This got me interested, along with the fact that, like so many, I am dealing with the struggles of an aging parent. Never having read any of Christopher Buckley's material, I didn't know what to expect. Well, despite the subject matter, I found myself laughing out loud in many places throughout the book. It isn't all about the end of life issues, and some of those narratives are funny as well. So the book has given me consolation and laughs at the same time. The author is very talented as a writer and even adds to the words as a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christine Montross
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Christine Montross was a nervous first-year medical student, standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class, preparing herself for what was to come. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by corpses in body bags is shocking, no matter how long you've prepared yourself, but a strange thing happened when Montross met her cadaver.

    A. Kiss says: "Astonishingly good -- who'd have thought it?"

    The author found that others had great curiosity about what it was like in a dissection lab, and decided to write about her experience. I bought the book for my spouse (who is in the medical field), but found it extremely engaging. With great sensitivity the author takes you on a unique journey that is normally outside the experience of the lay person. As an added bonus, you will gain added appreciation for the human body, and ponder your own mortality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins

    "Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a 17th-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death").

    Amazon Customer says: "Thoughts on Dying"
    "Thoughts on Dying"

    The book contains helpful advice on dying. For most readers, particularly those who do not practice meditation, the detailed description of the stages of dying will be too technical and perhaps not helpful, though the fact that we go through the same stages when going to sleep and even having sex is of great interest. Most importantly, the key teaching of the importance of the state of mind in generating a positive rebirth or even liberation is clearly delineated. The long introduction that relates to the political problems of the Tibetans is a bit of a distraction from the subject matter, though for most it will provide new light on the ways in which China has suppressed the Tibetan religion.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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