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Dancing at the River's Edge


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Part I: Measures of Time & Metaphor; Part II:Two Journeys Begin; Part III: An Unstable Life; Part IV: Facing the Abyss; Part V: Spring Returns.

About the Author

Alida Brill is a sociologist, an essayist, and the author of several non-fiction books, including Dimensions of Tolerance, Nobody's Business, and A Rising Public Voice. She lives in New York City.


"Brill's writings and Lockshin's writings ... are poetic, revealing, insightful, and at times shocking in their honest and frank discussion of aspects of chronic disease that are rarely brought out into the open." -- New England Journal of Medicine " Dancing at the River's Edge ... is about the trials and tribulations of chronic disease ... you ought to get a copy and read it. You won't be able to put it down once you pick it up." --Paul A. Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman "A must-read for anyone who has traveled to the 'other planet' that is chronic illness, or loves someone who is making this arduous journey ... a life-affirming and deeply moving book." --Nancy Matsumoto, staff contributor, People; former contributor, Health, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time; coauthor, The Parents' Guide to Eating Disorders "A book unlike any other; this slim volume probes the intricacies of a magical relationship, that of a patient with her doctor. A heart-wrenching dialogue that carries profound and life-altering insights for us all." --Dr. David Sachar, head of gastroenterology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and world's leading expert on Crohn's Disease "Delves into the intricacies and intimacy of chronic illness ... it illuminates the spirit. Important for those suffering from chronic illness and [their] families." --Lauren Shuler Donner, film producer, You've Got Mail and the X-Men series, a lupus patient "Whether you are doctor or patient, you see a bit of yourself in [this book]... It demonstrates how profound the bond between doctor and patient can be--how much power it imparts." --Susan Golick, founder, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation "A deeply personal exploration on both sides of the medical scene--the patient who suffers and strives to retain her 'self,' and the physician who struggles to maintain a balance between knowing the truth while attempting to understand its implications." --Virginia Ladd, president and executive director, American Autoimmune Diseases Related Association "An extraordinary meditation on illness--a poetic, powerful and groundbreaking work that illuminates the resilience and strength of the human spirit." --David Isay, executive director, Storycorps , and editor, Listening Is an Act of Love

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