A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald

A Mind Unraveled

The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author's ongoing struggle with epilepsy--his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive.As a college freshman, Kurt Eichenwald awoke one night on the floor of his dorm room, confused and in pain. In the aftermath of that critical moment, his once-carefree life would b...

Details A Mind Unraveled

TitleA Mind Unraveled
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews A Mind Unraveled

  • C
    I couldn’t stop reading. Eichenwald’s memoir is a powerful and riveting story of how he fought for what was right—the right to have good doctors, the right for a job that was inclusive of him and believed in what he could do, and the right to live as normal of a life as possible. The story begins as Eichenwald is diagnosed with epilepsy during his freshman year of college. After being told by an awful doctor that he should restrict his goal...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    With a little over 41o pages it's safe to say that this book is a lot. Alot of information, a lot of content, a lot to think about and ponder issues within our own lives. A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald is the true story of Kurt Eichenwald an acclaimed journalist and best selling author and his tormenting struggle with epilepsy. Easily among the list of top 10 non-fiction books that I have read this year so far. Eichenwald first beg...
  • Meg
    This is a well-written, informative, and enlightening book. A long read, but it went by fast because I could not put it down. Hard to believe the way doctors and Swarthmore failed him at many turns, but they did. Disgusting, actually. We should be able to trust those in the medical profession, but here is proof of a frightening opposite scenario. I felt and empathized with the author's anger and frustration, but cheered on his mother when she too...
  • Lynn Donahue
    This was a fascinating look at the life of an epileptic man who just wanted a life like everyone else had. There is so much stigma attached to the condition that he was often forced to fight for the right to do normal things like attend college and get a job. His rise above all the odds was inspiring and you find yourself rooting for him as he forces open closed doors. A true tribute to the human spirit and what can be accomplished through hard w...
  • Cindy
    Exceptionally well written memoir that completely held my interest. It’s the story of one young man’s diagnosis of epilepsy in the late 70s. I often find the details in a memoir tedious but this author found the exact right balance. An epilepsy diagnosis is horrible but I had forgotten what a terrible stigma was associated with it in the past and I hadn’t known how hard it often was to get the right diagnosis. This author’s trials and tri...
  • Kathy Stone
    I won this book from Goodreads. I enjoyed this memoir. This is not easy stuff to read. Epileptics are greatly misunderstood and the drugs to control the condition are very toxic. When the author is first diagnosed his father sends him to a research, academic doctor. This is not a good fit as his blood levels are never checked and monitored. It is as if the doctor is using the eighteen year old as an experiment, but that is not quite true as the d...
  • Diane Payne
    This memoir will prove to be useful to other people, especially those suffering with epilepsy. Eichenwald does a thorough (perhaps too much at times) job detailing his experiences of first being diagnosed, getting kicked out of college, and eventually landing a successful career. As a memoir, I wish the focus wasn't just on his epilepsy, even though the illness consumes his life, but more about other factors in his life. it's well written, honest...
  • Anne
    I received an advanced copy of A Mind Unraveled as part of the giveaway program. Reading Eichenwald's story is like reading my own autobiography. It's amazing how much the public still does not understand epilepsy. Only those who are the closest to the individual really know what the person experience. Kurt was fortunate to have roommates and family who stood by him throughout his life. I thought the idea of making recordings was such a great ide...
  • Brenda
    A Mind Unraveled by Kurt EichenwaldThis is a remarkably courageous biography of Kurt Eichenwald and his life long journey with debilitating epilepsy at his heels. There are so many adjectives to describe Kurt's story; courageous, resilient, sad, frustrating, infuriating, scary, strong, remarkable, humiliating, debilitating, but most of all, he has shared with his readers an incredibly humbling educational experience.I found this story shocking on...
  • Linda
    Amazing story of medical barbarism that unbelievably still occurred in the 1980s. A frightening reminder that we all need to be our own advocates listening to our own body, instead of slavishly following the advice of just anyone in a white coat. Keep clear of a hospital if at all possible and take another pair of ears to every appointment sounds like good advice to me.
  • Melinda
    I couldn't hardly put this book down. Very interesting, I won this book and I loved it. Thank you!!!
  • Eric
    * Completely compelling and impossible to put down. Personal account of a medical mystery and all the ensuing difficulties.* I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Aggie
    A very good memoir, even though it was a little bit heavy on the medical subject, wish there was more from different aspects of his life. But overall a good and educational read.
  • Rose
    A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald is a beautiful, tragic, and strong memoir. I found I had tears in my eyes at many of the things Kurt experienced, both sad at times, and joyful when we was triumphant.This is the memoir of Kurt Eichenwald who was diagnosed with Epilepsy as a young adult nust entering college in the 1980’s. This book details the author’s struggles with incompetent doctors and college staff who are also incompetent ...