One Hundred Names for Love

A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing

Ackerman, Diane

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
One Hundred Names for Love
Ackerman chronicles her novelist husband Paul West's heroic battle to reclaim words and mobility and her tailoring of West's speech therapy to match his spectacular vocabulary and unique intelligence.

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 039307241X
Characteristics: 322 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 12, 2012
  • adoranti rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Read about 2/3 of the way through this book. It got repetative and I just couldn't make it through. Unless you really care about the subject, skip it.

Aug 07, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The book is told over time beginning with Ackerman's partner, Paul West, having a massive stroke that resulted in global aphasia. That means he lost his language skills. He couldn't talk, or read, or understand. It begins in the hospital with evaluation and treatment. At first Paul can only say "mem" which he says over and over. He has some physical challenges as well in moving his body, relearning how to walk steadily, sit down, get into bed and hold objects. Two fingers on his right hand are cramped up into a claw.
Despite the massive brain damage, Ackerman and West refuse to give up. Ackerman details their daily life once West moves home, how they adjust their routine, how Ackerman must change her relationship with him, and what therapies they use are.
This is indeed a story of love. Because of Paul's long relationship with language as a writer, language is one of the main tools they use in their therapy. Ackerman is totally open and honest in this book, sharing her doubts, joys, and innermost feelings. A wonderful book with insights into the mysteries of healing.

Mar 30, 2011

A memoir that explores the process of healing after a stroke.


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