Jill Bolte Taylor is an American neuroanatomist, author, and inspirational public speaker. Bolte Taylor began to study about. My Stroke of Insight () is a non-fiction book by American author Jill Bolte Taylor. In it, she tells of her experience in of having a stroke in her left. The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist’s own stroke led to enlightenment On December 10, , Jill Bolte Taylor.

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And a little while later, I am riding in an ambulance from one hospital across Boston to [Massachusetts] General Hospital. Fortunately, with the extreme patience and love of her mother, she eventually regains enough function to live on her own and resume work.

And really, if those cards help her start her day with a clear intention, and bring her comfort and peace, more power to her. But slowly, and when she suggested something Jill didn’t know introduced that thing I closed this book today with such a sense of relief. View all 14 comments. For me, the most fascinating part of this book is the description of the actual stroke and the immediate aftermath. Although she was a neuroanatomist prior to the stroke, the book is not science-y at all.

I have found it fascinating to listen to the story, especially considering the author is the narrator.

And it was the kind of caustic pain that you get when you bite into ice cream. Partly because of her training uill knowledge and partly, I suspect, because of the way the stroke’s effects developed and progress Oh, gag. The actual story of her stroke experience was interesting; even her bio-science chapters about how the brain works were intriguing and easy to understand at tajlor to mebut the last third of the book was just plain weird.

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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

Four stars for the fascinating walk through the day of Dr. Maybe I’ll have more to stay about this book once I have a book club meeting about it in a couple of weeks. Taylor has given a talk on this subject at a TED Conference — see the video at http: On the other hand, everything is so positive – she’s nothing but grateful for every person and every experience – bole it can be trying to read. There are other, better, and more accurate materials out there for your reading pleasure.

This frustrated me, and I felt she could have condensed things from 20 chapters to about 8. The author, although very well versed in brain anatomy, has a poor understanding of how intensive care and hospital care really work–but because of her degree and viewpoint, people may mistake her opinions for truth. Also, I strpke unaware when I began the book that the second half would be filled inslght motivational, self-help type crap.

I can understand that trying to read it would be challenging. I could go on and on. That means she can just beand being is a blissful experience for her. I want to think this sense of ourselves is there, so I’m halfway to liking this taylo from the start.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

To teach over again with the same patience and kindness no matter how many times they had done that before The physiology and knowledge was informative isight I thought I learned a lot about my own biology. Three stars for the lengthy exercises in right brain exploration, which were fascinating but a little too fluffy for me.


What is going on? I’m not a scientist but I imagine that in this situation I too would be watching and wondering about what was happening to me.

And then it crosses my mind, “But I’m a very busy woman! I would now like to preface the rest of my analytical, left-brain comments by saying that: Listening allows me to multi-task a bit and not get bogged down in the medical language heavy through the 2nd and 3rd chapters.

Refresh and try again. I’d expected Taylor’s story to be a straight-up memoir of her stroke experience. Sep 17, Lena rated it liked it Shelves: I was also fascinated by her account of the first few hours spent in a hospital bed- where we first witness the result I finished this book today and I actually had to sit down and sift through my feelings trying to decide whether I like it or not.

Maybe more of us need to do that. Amazing true life story of a neuroscientist who suffered a major stroke. Just know, going in, that you may or may not appreciate the unusual combination of science, memoir and self-help. With the section of her brain that controls physical boundaries offline, she felt fluid, open, and one with everything around her.

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