I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia (Hardback)
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I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 27/03/2014
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Just twenty-two years old, Su Meck was already married and the mother of two children in 1988 when a ceiling fan in the kitchen of her home fell from its mounting and struck her in the head. She survived the life-threatening swelling in her brain that resulted from the accident, but when she regained consciousness in the hospital the next day, she didn't know her own name. She didn't recognize a single family member or friend, she couldn't read or write or brush her teeth or use a fork-and she didn't have even a scrap of memory from her life up to that point. The fiercely independent and outspoken young woman she had been vanished completely.

Most patients who suffer amnesia as a result of a head injury eventually regain their memories, but Su never did. After just three weeks in the hospital she was sent back out into a world about which she knew nothing: What did it mean to be someone's wife? To be a mother? How did everyone around her seem to know what they were supposed to do or say at any given moment? Adrift in the chaos of mental data that most of us think of as everyday life, Su became an adept mimic, fashioning a self and a life out of careful observation and ironclad routine. She had no dreams for herself, no plans outside the ever-burgeoning daily to-do list of a stay-at-home mom. The Meck family left Texas to start over in Maryland, and told almost no one in their new life about Su's accident.

Nearly twenty years would pass before Su understood the full extent of the losses she and her family suffered as a result of her injury. As a series of personally devastating events shattered the "normal" life she had worked so hard to build, Su realized that she would have to grow up all over again, and finally take control of the strange second life she had awoken into.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451685817
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 213 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Meck's matter-of-fact delivery makes the harrowing details of her ordeal stand out all the more. . . . [A] tale of triumph in the search for identity." * The New York Times Book Review *
"The author recounts her grueling climb back to normalcy after an accident robs her of her memory and sense of self in this heartwrenching true story." * O, the Oprah Magazine *
"A big achievement . . . poignant." * The Washington Post *
"[Meck] pieces together a fascinating tale of life after suffering head trauma as a young mother." * New York Review of Books *
"A remarkable story that readers won't soon forget." * San Francisco Book Review *
"A remarkable memoir . . . unnervingly honest, straightforward to a degree that makes every other memoir I've read seem evasive, self-conscious, and preening. . . . Unlike that of everyone else around her, [Su Meck's] adult life wasn't the result of imagining a happy future, pursuing it with a sense of purpose and then figuring out whether or not her dreams have been fulfilled, betrayed, or misbegotten. Her life was simply `the way things were'-until, that is, she realized she was in a position to have some say about that. And seeing her seize that opportunity makes for a happier ending than any fairy tale can offer." * Salon.com *
"The true story of a woman who at the age of 22 was whacked by a ceiling fan and lost her memory . . . Quite the tale." * New York Daily News *
"I Forgot to Remember, which was written with the elegant assistance of a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, is more than a memoir or report on the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury. It is a shocking story about betrayal and trust . . . astounding." * Maclean's *
"Remarkable . . . an arresting story about what it's like to live with amnesia." * The Hampshire Gazette *
"Thoroughly fascinating...There are many conditions and diseases that remain hidden this way. This book is a great way to get a glimpse behind that curtain and gain a greater sense of understanding and compassion." * Gering Citizen *
"Best to have a box of tissues on standby for this one." * LAMag.com *
"Su Meck has made the unimaginable tangible, and we are fortunate to have gotten the chance to know her as she journeys through her own introduction to herself." * Bustle.com *
"In this remarkable memoir, Meck chronicles her experiences as she learned to live in `a house full of strangers' . . . . Compelling and inspirational and, one hopes, an important impetus for ongoing brain research." * Booklist, starred review *
"Compelling . . . Meck relates with excruciating honesty her journey out of oblivion." * Publishers Weekly (Books of the Week pick) *
"A brave testament of willpower and perseverance against almost insurmountable odds." * ShelfAwareness.com *
"Su's story has given us all pause to consider just how much we don't know about the brain and its injuries." * Bookreporter.com *
"Following a traumatic brain injury that erases every memory from her past, Su Meck takes us on her remarkable journey forward as she stitches her identity back together one thread at a time. A fascinating memoir about resilience, courage, and hope, I Forgot to Remember is not just a survivor's story. This is a hero's story." -- Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Love Anthony
"One ordinary day, Su Meck lost her memory. This is the highly unusual story of how she remembered herself-and reconciled the person she was with the world around her. Her story will surprise and engage anyone who has wondered about the role that memory plays in all of our lives." -- Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog
"I Forgot to Remember is a brave and raw story about the damage and trials a head injury can inflict on an entire family. Su Meck's spellbinding tale of life, injury and then the arduous task of re-learning everything, even down to how to love again, reminds us all of the importance of living in the moment and the need to cherish the memories we own." -- Lee Woodruff, coauthor of the #1 bestseller In an Instant

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