Reading a book about people who have Aphasia can help us understand what it means to live with aphasia. Here you have 5 good examples.

1. The Man Who Lost His Language, by Sheila Hale

A compelling exploration of aphasia - the loss of language - as well as of the resilience of love. This personal account of one couple's experiences will be of interest to all those who want to know more about aphasia and related conditions.

2. One Hundred Names For Love, by Diane Ackerman

In this memoir, Diane Ackerman opens a window into the experience of wordlessness. In narrating the recovery of her husband, Paul West, from a stroke that reduced his vast vocabulary to a single syllable, she evokes the joy and mystery of the brain’s ability to find and connect words.

3. A Mind of My Own, by Chris Costner Sizemor

A Mind of My Own is a true story of one woman”s recovery from traumatic brain damage following a motorcycle accident in Greece. Facing far more than broken bones and physical impairments, this classical antiquity professor had lost what was most important to her: her ability to successfully use language.

4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon) is a memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. It also details what his life was like before the stroke.

5. My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Tayor was a 37-year old neuroanatomist when she experienced a massive stroke that severely damaged the left hemisphere of her brain. My Stroke of Insight is her account of what happened that day, her subsequent 8-year recovery, and how these events changed her life for the better.

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