If you’re fascinated by art and how the human brain works, you’ll love Cecilia Ruiz’s The Book of Memory Gaps. Although short, the book’s 15 vignettes will capture your imagination as Ruiz shows you what it’s like to live with different neurological disorders. After spending a few minutes in their shoes, you’ll walk away with a great appreciation and compassion for those who suffer from invisible disabilities.
There’s a melancholic air in Ruiz’s words that’s paired with her haunting, dreamy illustrations. Her characters are always portrayed alone, which hints at the isolation that many people with neurological disabilities and mental health issues often feel. While funny and offbeat at times, Ruiz’s novel ultimately forces you to realize how difficult it is to manage a disability when it’s your very brain that is “broken.” But instead of rudely putting people with disabilities on display, The Book of Memory Gaps offers explanations. It won’t answer all your questions, but it’ll leave you feeling enlightened.
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Whether you’re a life-long migraineur or recently diagnosed with this debilitating neurological condition, The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein is the quintessential “Bible” for migraine sufferers.
For those who are not in the know, migraines are not merely just a “headache.” They are a complex, chronic neurological condition that affects one in five women and one in 20 men. This condition often causes a cluster of symptoms that range from auras, vertigo, and of course, the classic throbbing headache that only appears on one side.
Dr. Bernstein, who is the founder of The Women’s Headache Center in Massachusetts and is a migraine sufferer herself, explains the science behind this neurological disease as well as how to prevent them. She has a chart that helps her readers identify their migraine “triggers” (food or circumstances that can kick-start an attack) as well as offering helpful advice on how to lessen the effect this disease has on both your personal life and work life.
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