MPR Reader Round-Up: Part 2

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks




“Highly readable autobiography of one of the Renaissance Men of Medicine, in which he recounts his colorful, varied eclectic life that for me contained several surprises even though i thought I knew a lot about him. If you judged Oliver sacks on his books and essays for the lay person, this account should engender respect for him as a physician, philosopher and scientist – and human being.”

With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions – weight lifting and swimming – also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists – Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick – who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer – and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human. (Knopf)



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