One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir

By Diane Ackerman

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Finalist for the nationwide publication Circle Critics Award

"A testomony to the facility of creativity in language, life―and love." ―Heller McAlpin, Washington Post

No different author can mix the technology of the mind with the affection of language like Diane Ackerman. during this notable memoir, she opens a window into the adventure of wordlessness―the language paralysis referred to as aphasia. In narrating the restoration of her husband, Paul West, from a stroke that lowered his titanic vocabulary to a unmarried syllable, she conjures up the enjoyment and secret of the brain’s skill to discover and fix phrases. Deeply lucrative to readers of all types, Ackerman has given us a literary love tale, obtainable perception into the technological know-how and drugs of mind harm, and valuable non secular sustenance within the face of life’s myriad actual sufferings.

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At evening, too jittery to sleep yet too drained to force domestic, I occasionally roamed the empty hallways. Lightning-bug lighting fixtures flashed from approximately invisible machines, eco-friendly auroras swirled within the imaging rooms, uninteresting mild poured from the sconces of workplace home windows, and within the greater wards, the nursing stations flickered with the St. Elmo’s fireplace of machine displays, on which I glimpsed components of our bodies parading: a CT experiment of the stomach, an MRI of the mind. I marveled at how pcs could be knowledgeable to exhibit the physique three-dimensionally.

Cuffs,” he repeated slowly, savoring the be aware, probably picturing males in long-sleeved shirts with ruffled cuffs and onyx stickpins at a new york soiree within the early 1900s. the right environment for a singular through Henry James. “I planted that bush 5 years in the past, and are you aware I moved it to 3 varied destinations ahead of i discovered the right mix of soil, mild, and buddies for it. High-strung plant, yet beautiful—like a kind of toy exhibit canines. ” “You’re plucky! And I’m . . . ” He smiled, amused via what he was once going to claim subsequent: “lucky.

He pulled me shut and hugged me. an individual may reply, and for that topic so could a puppy. a few sounds are common heart-tugs for mammals—especially that of an child in misery or an individual in pain—and a few are specific to monkeys and apes, who be able to show a great deal of facts and refined emotions via emotion-packed sounds, facial expressions, and gestures. Even a macho alligator will come operating if you happen to mimic the high-pitched grunt of a crying child gator. Hard-wired into us, those primitive wiles immediately elicit a reaction.

No longer Plexiglas . . . Plexiglas . . . ” He paused goodbye he forgot what he was once asserting, and threw up his arms in disgust. Doing my top to tease out his difficulty, I pressed on: “What occurs precisely? Does a roadblock get within the manner? are you able to speak round it, you recognize, make a bit detour and locate in a different way to assert what you suggest? ” Taking a deep breath to quiet down, Paul stroked his ill-shaven chin with one hand, smiling absentmindedly while he found a tuft of hair ignored via his razor. “There’s a observe clamoring to be heard .

The artwork of status, please. ” “Ah,” Paul sighed, eyes brightening in attractiveness. The strum of a well-recognized chord. I heard it, too. “Or the center of standing,” I stated, alluding to a poignant poem by means of British poet and literary critic William Empson. a couple of short affair in wartime, it stored chiming the chorus “The middle of status is you can't fly. ” “Remember Empson? ” “Oh certain! ” He laughed. a long time earlier than, Cambridge-educated Empson were a traveling professor at Penn kingdom, the place Paul used to be instructing.

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