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In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour's struggles with late-stage Lyme disease.

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All o
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ebook, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Harper Perennial
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Susannah
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.”
Melissa
A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour’s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of “putting a name” to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that Khakpour and I are almost exactly the same age - she has lived so much more life than I have that I would have referred her to as one of the “older girls” had we been at the same school. Beautiful writing from the sente ...more
Marika
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For readers who enjoyed "Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved" by Kate Bowler.


I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
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Kate
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease."
~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

First of all thank you Harper Perennial for sending me this Arc. I am a big fan of Memoirs so I was really excited to read this one.
A journey of illness that reads more like a detective novel.
Porochista has late-stage lyme disease, but it took years for her to ge
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Bibi Rose
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. It reminds me of Roxane Gay's memoir, HUNGER. Both authors are very clear that they don't offer a narrative of triumph or even solution to the body issues they write about. I finished this book feeling like I'd been on a trip with a new, very engaging person. Now the trip's over and I hope there will be another.
Emily
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the ways she has been mistreated and misdiagnosed by the myriad medical professionals she has seen throughout her life. For anyone who struggles with constant, undiagnosed pain, for anyone who doesn't understand what ...more
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Porochista Khakpour is the author of the memoir Sick (Harper Perennial, June 2018)—a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018,” according to HuffPost, Bustle, Bitch, Nylon, Volume1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, and more. She also authored the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and Sons and Other F ...more
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