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Map to the Unknown

By: Isabella Huffington
Narrated by: Brina Palencia
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Publisher's summary

A riveting, darkly funny true story of illness and of learning to trust the Universe while living with pain and uncertainty 

“In a collective moment of loss and uncertainty, here comes Isabella Huffington to show us how to survive and thrive anyway. This book will be a balm to all in need of a little fiery hope.” (Glennon Doyle, author of number one New York Times best seller Untamed and founder of Together Rising) 

"Isabella Huffington’s Map to the Unknown captures her journey through illness with strength, vulnerability, and a great deal of good humor. Her wise-beyond-her-years memoir will inspire its readers to find joy amid all of life's challenges." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In and Option B) 

One day, on her way to a date, Isabella Huffington gets hit by a bike. What begins as a concussion with a diagnosed recovery time of seven-to-ten days becomes more than two years of debilitating pain with no apparent end and a string of unhelpful doctor and specialist visits.   

In the wreckage, jobs are canceled. Leases are broken. There is no second date. What’s left is Isabella, her body, and her pain. Because the source of her pain cannot be located within the body, she is told over and over that her pain is psychosomatic. And Isabella believes it, over and over.   

What follows is a surprisingly funny medical and spiritual journey, during which Isabella must learn to trust in all that she cannot see or quantify: her pain, God, and her inner voice. Everything fell apart and then something new emerged.    

©2020 Isabella Huffington (P)2020 Audible Originals

About the Creator

Isabella Huffington is an artist and writer who lives in New York City. She graduated from Yale in 2014 with a degree in art history. She is interested in the question of art and accessibility and how to bridge the divide between fine art and everyday life. For more, visit

Dear Listener,

Why did I decide to tell this story now?
"This is one woman’s story, but the themes are universal. It’s the story of how I learned to live with the mystery, the uncertainty, the messiness of life, the unanswered questions—and accept it all: the pain and the joy, the disappointments and the magical moments, and most of all the not knowing what comes next. It’s the story of how I learned that everything in our life can serve as material to help us wake up to who we really are, which is so much more magnificent than who we appear to be. While the journey to that truth can be painful, the pain is never pointless. Indeed it’s the only way to heal our own darkness, a necessary and often neglected step before we can heal the darkness in our world. And the two qualities I found I needed most on this journey were patience and trust. There’s no final scene, no curtain call, no 'and she lived happily ever after.' Just a human being evolving through it all. Everything fell apart and then something new emerged." – Isabella Huffington, creator of Map to the Unknown: A Journey Inward

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