My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
Topic: Science, medical, personal
Commentary: What happens when a brain scientist has a stroke? She gets a unique perspective into her own brain, has what would normally be described as a mystical experience and then strives to repair her brain motivated by the desire to help others access the usually submissive right hemisphere of their brain to also reach 'nirvana' - without having to have a stroke themselves. This book is fantastic on many levels. It gives an intelligent lay person an overview of the wonder and major components of the brain; it provides unique insights on the care and rehabilitation of someone with a stroke, from the perspective of the patient; it highlights the amazing wonder that is our brain; and celebrates life and living it as happily as possible.