- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101983639
- ISBN-13: 978-1101983638
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An inspiring journey, with recipes. With a novelist’s touch, Fechtor chronicles her recovery from a brain aneurysm that hit her as a Harvard graduate student at 28, sending her life on a far different path than she had imagined.”—Seattle Times
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About the Author
Jessica Fechtor’s debut memoir, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home, chronicles her recovery from a ruptured aneurysm at age 28, and how she reclaimed her life through food and cooking. A national bestseller and winner of the 2015 Living Now Book Award, Stir has been praised by Oprah.com as "a page-turning pleasure," and by The Wall Street Journal as "a recipe for living a life of meaning.” Fechtor lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughters. She doesn’t believe in secret recipes.
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Reading is very very hard for me: it hurts my eyes, since they don't track smoothly or evenly (since my own brain aneurysm). This is something I don't really talk about. Because I used to love reading. And now I barely ever read anything longer than 1-2 pages.
Except for something very very special. I'll say to my husband, "I'm actually going to *read* this" (as opposed to skimming, or reading reviews, or listening to it on Audible...). It's my version of a high compliment. It's like saying, I want to read this enough to jump hurdles to do so.
And Jessica's book *is* something very very special. Her writing is beautiful, honest, poetic in its precision and delicacy and power. Her writing makes me want to write. Her story is told in a lyrical and haunting and frank tone that invites the reader in. And then invites the reader to share a story, too. Reading _Stir_ is like sitting down at the kitchen table with a trusted and beloved friend. A generous friend. A friend who knows how you like your tea.
Jessica, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
It goes without saying that you all should buy it now and start reading immediately.