"A gorgeously engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny, and mind-opening love story of crisis, determination, creativity, and repair."--Donna Seaman, Booklist

"Ackerman weds exquisite writing with profound insights, this time into speech and imagination....This book has done what no other has for me in recent years: it has renewed my faith in the redemptive power of love.-- Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

“This is Diane Ackerman's most enjoyable, intimate, and heartrending work yet.”-- Atul Gawande

“An intimate, richly documented, and beautiful memoir …. a double portrait of two remarkable people.” -- Joyce Carol Oates

"How can one describe Diane Ackerman's extraordinary book? As a love story, for certain. As a report on the human brain caught in the warp of neurological disease. As a tale of human resilience. Only a cold heart will come away from it without experiencing pain, joy, hope, and abundant admiration for the characters in this drama. This is Ackerman's best writing and best book to date. Best life, one might want to add, since it is a life so well-examined and so well-lived."-- Antonio Damasio

“This book will be cherished by caregivers, word lovers, and anyone fascinated by the complex relationship between brain and language."-- Deborah Tannen

One Hundred Names for Love is filled with life-affirming hope and empowering lessons of wisdom, kindness, and patience that will help us all to survive and even thrive in the face of uncertain and trying times.” –Daniel Siegel


"This is a book that I feel should be required reading for medical students and physicians who work with stroke patients. I have no doubt that this book will give hope to many who have been devastated by stroke – either because they are the patient or because they are a loved one.... Related to the Neuroscience, I have to say that for a non-neuroscientist she has done a brilliant job of writing clearly and being accurate." -- Jeanette Norden






ONE HUNDRED NAMES FOR LOVE

"This book has done what no other has for me in recent years: it has renewed my faith in the redemptive power of love, the need to give and get it unstintingly, to hold nothing back, settle for nothing less, because when flesh and being and even life fall away, love endures. This book is proof. --Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

“A testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love.”—Heller McAlpin, Washington Post

It is a truism that lovers have their own language. And the love story – extending over more than 40 years -- of acclaimed writers Diane Ackerman and Paul West is equally a story of the love of language, and its mysteries. In this heart-warming, uplifting memoir, Ackerman explores the brain’s ability to find and connect words – and of the latest science behind what happens when it fails to do so. Exposing both the terror of losing language and the giddy exhilaration of its recovery, Ackerman opens a window into the experience of wordlessness and testifies to the joyous necessity of wordplay for the health of both mind and spirit.

“Breathtaking . . . it hollowed out my chest. A splendid book.”—Karen Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A gorgeously engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny, and mind-opening love story of crisis, determination, creativity, and repair.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist



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