These are accounts of individuals dealing with catastrophic disruptions in their lives. Bear witness to their valiant struggles to cope with or overcome their ailments.
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a "normal" life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger's syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occurred since that diagnosis.
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
A brain scientists recounts her experiences after suffering a stroke at the age of thirty-seven, describing her discovery of differences in the left and right side of the brain and the steps she took over a period of eight years to recover her health.
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
Traces a San Francisco newspaper columnist's life experiences as evaluated during her late thirties, describing her relationships with her husband, children, and Irish-American father before and during her battle with breast cancer.
Swallow the Ocean by Laura Flynn
Traces the author's coming of age under the shadow of her mother's paranoid schizophrenia, a disorder that ended her parents' marriage and caused the author to be raised in accordance with her mother's distorted perceptions of the world.