The Beginning of Everything (Paperback)

The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself

By Andrea J. Buchanan

Pegasus Books, 9781643132358, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/3/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (6/4/2019)
MP3 CD (6/4/2019)
Compact Disc (6/4/2019)

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Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing

Andrea Buchanan lost her mind while crossing the street one blustery March morning. The cold winter air triggered a coughing fit, and she began to choke. She was choking on a lot that day. A sick child. A pending divorce. The guilt of failing as a partner and as a mother. When the coughing finally stopped, she thought it was over. She could not have been more wrong.

When she coughed that morning, a small tear ripped through her dura mater, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. In this luminous and moving narrative, Andrea reveals the astonishing story of this tumultuous year--her fraught search for treatment; how patients, especially women, fight to be seen as reliable narrators of their own experiences; and how her life-altering recovery process affected both her and her family.