Friday, May 15, 2015

The Beguiling Oliver Sacks


Oliver Sacks has been called the "poet laureate of medicine." His books about neurological case histories (The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, and Awakeningshave been critical and commercial successes. In his new book, On the Move, Sacks gives us a moving portrait of his own life, a life troubled by shyness and an inability to form stable relationships. Now facing the end of his own life (he has terminal cancer), Sacks recounts his life as a physician, professor, writer, biker and power lifter (who would have thought!). The most touching part of this memoir is when Sacks describes falling in love with the writer Billy Hayes in 2007. On the Move is poignant look at a gifted man. 

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