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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185230944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852309442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've not only had the pleasure of reading this book, but I've met it's author. She's the real thing. She absolutely shines. She walks a couple of feet off the ground. Ms. Newborn is not only a survivor, but a person who has happiness to share with others. Her book offers incredible insight to those who have either experienced a stroke or know someone who has. She gave me a clear understanding of aphasia and how strokes effect people.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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I read quite a few books about strokes following my own, but only wanted to own two. This book, which was a gift from a dear friend, provided such inspiration during my recovery. I still read it from time to time because it continues to be a touchstone for me. I've always loved the poem "Ithaca" which is referenced in the title but it's taken on a special meaning since reading this book. Thank you for writing it, Barbara.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1997
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Although there are several first person accounts of the stroke experience, most have been written from the perspective of the older victim. When stroke hits a young person there a special twists to the knife.
All those who have to deal with young people with stroke should read this wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sufi on January 5, 2010
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For survivors of stroke who can read, I recommend this book because Newborn's example of persevering and refusing to wallow in self-pity is a good one. However: if your loved one, like mine, cannot speak, read or write after an extended period (more than two years), I would recommend against reading this or any other book written by a stroke survivor. Return to Ithaca was written by a young woman who, five months after her stroke, was living independently and attending classes at Cornell University. Reading it simply underscored the reality of my husband's condition and reflected a sharp contrast between someone who regained language function and someone who has not and probably never will. I am happy for Newborn, and any other stroke survivor who is able to recover the ability to speak, but it is bittersweet to read these types of accounts knowing my husband is not one of the lucky ones. I admire Newborn's spunk, but upon finishing her narrative I found myself revisiting my grief over my husband's and my loss. In short, I not only did not find this book inspiring, I also found it depressing. I know this review is purely subjective so far, so I will add a literary note: while competently written, it contained shades of purple prose and was a bit thin (figuratively and literally) and chirpy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
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This book says it all. My sisiter suffered a stroke at 46 and this book helped me and her husband to understand what exactly she was going through and what to expect.
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