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On the Move: A Life

By Oliver Sacks

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 23 February 2016
ANew York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage, Slate, Men s Journal When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote: Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks writes about the passions that have driven his life from motorcycles and weight lifting to neurology and poetry. 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 W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick who have influenced his work. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer, a man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

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About the Author

Oliver Sacks was a physician, writer, and professor of neurology. Born in London in 1933, he moved to New York City in 1965, where he launched his medical career and began writing case studies of his patients. Called the "poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times, Sacks is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Awakenings, which inspired an Oscar-nominated film and a play by Harold Pinter. He was the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008 for services to medicine. He died in 2015. www.oliversacks.com

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"Intimate. . . . Brim[s] with life and affection." --The New York Times"[A] wonderful memoir, which richly demonstrates what an extraordinary life it has been. . . . A fascinating account--a sort of extended case study, really--of Sacks' remarkably active, iconoclastic adulthood." --Los Angeles Times"A glorious memoir. . . . In this volume Sacks opens himself to recognition, much as he has opened the lives of others to being recognized in their fullness." --The Atlantic "Pulses with his distinctive energy and curiosity." --The New York Review of Books "A beautiful vision, one that embraces an infinite spectrum of wonder. . . . On the Move illustrates what an exceptional human being he is. . . . He is fascinated by seemingly everything, and, damn, the man can write." --Salon "Marvelous. . . . He studies himself as he has studied others: compassionately, unblinkingly, intelligently, acceptingly and honestly." --The Wall Street Journal "Sacks' ability to enact and celebrate intuition in medicine and precision in art is singular." --The New York Times Book Review "[Sacks is] a wonderful storyteller. . . . It's his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful." --San Francisco Chronicle "Remarkably candid and deeply affecting. . . . Sacks's empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, 'joining particulars with generalities' and, especially, 'narratives with neuroscience'--have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book." --The Boston Globe "Intriguing. . . . When describing his patients and their problems, he is attentive and precise, straightforward and sympathetic, and he brings these worthy qualities to his descriptions of his younger self." --The Washington Post "A compelling read. . . . Offers a glimpse into one of the greatest minds of our time." --Men's Journal "What a self this book reveals! A man animated by boundless curiosity, wide-ranging intelligence, gratitude for flawed humanity, perseverance despite setbacks. . . . We're lucky to have all the books, including On the Move. It's intensely, beautifully, incandescently alive." --Newsday "An ebullient telling of a remarkable life." --Paste "This remarkable man lifts us all. . . . [On the Move] is not only a record of his life-affirming characterological extravagance but also a meditation on what it is to be human in an age of medical arrogance and the numbing clout of technology." --The Los Angeles Review of Books "An unforgettably passionate, joyous journey." --The Daily Beast "[A] beautifully constructed and moving memoir. . . . His life and work are a gift." --The Times Literary Supplement (London) "Moving. . . . Written with exceptional grace and clarity." --Richmond Times-Dispatch Intimate. . . . Brim[s] with life and affection. The New York Times [A] wonderful memoir, which richly demonstrates what an extraordinary life it has been. . . . A fascinating account a sort of extended case study, really of Sacks remarkably active, iconoclastic adulthood. Los Angeles Times A glorious memoir. . . . In this volume Sacks opens himself to recognition, much as he has opened the lives of others to being recognized in their fullness. The Atlantic Pulses with his distinctive energy and curiosity. The New York Review of Books A beautiful vision, one that embraces an infinite spectrum of wonder. . . . On the Move illustrates what an exceptional human being he is. . . . He is fascinated by seemingly everything, and, damn, the man can write. Salon Marvelous. . . . He studies himself as he has studied others: compassionately, unblinkingly, intelligently, acceptingly and honestly. The Wall Street Journal Sacks ability to enact and celebrate intuition in medicine and precision in art is singular. The New York Times Book Review [Sacks is] a wonderful storyteller. . . . It s his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful. San Francisco Chronicle Remarkably candid and deeply affecting. . . . Sacks s empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, joining particulars with generalities and, especially, narratives with neuroscience have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book. The Boston Globe Intriguing. . . . When describing his patients and their problems, he is attentive and precise, straightforward and sympathetic, and he brings these worthy qualities to his descriptions of his younger self. The Washington Post A compelling read. . . . Offers a glimpse into one of the greatest minds of our time. Men s Journal What a self this book reveals! A man animated by boundless curiosity, wide-ranging intelligence, gratitude for flawed humanity, perseverance despite setbacks. . . . We re lucky to have all the books, includingOn the Move. It s intensely, beautifully, incandescently alive. Newsday An ebullient telling of a remarkable life. Paste This remarkable man lifts us all. . . . [On the Move] is not only a record of his life-affirming characterological extravagance but also a meditation on what it is to be human in an age of medical arrogance and the numbing clout of technology. The Los Angeles Review of Books An unforgettably passionate, joyous journey. The Daily Beast [A] beautifully constructed and moving memoir. . . . His life and work are a gift. The Times Literary Supplement (London) Moving. . . . Written with exceptional grace and clarity. Richmond Times-Dispatch" Intimate. . . . Brim[s] with life and affection. "The New York Times" [A] wonderful memoir, which richly demonstrates what an extraordinary life it has been. . . . A fascinating account a sort of extended case study, really of Sacks remarkably active, iconoclastic adulthood. ""Los Angeles Times"" A glorious memoir. . . . In this volume Sacks opens himself to recognition, much as he has opened the lives of others to being recognized in their fullness. """The Atlantic" "" Pulses with his distinctive energy and curiosity. """The New York Review of Books """ A beautiful vision, one that embraces an infinite spectrum of wonder. . . . On the Move illustrates what an exceptional human being he is. . . . He is fascinated by seemingly everything, and, damn, the man can write. """"Salon" """ Marvelous. . . . He studies himself as he has studied others: compassionately, unblinkingly, intelligently, acceptingly and honestly. """"The Wall Street Journal" """ Sacks ability to enact and celebrate intuition in medicine and precision in art is singular. """"The New York Times Book Review"""" [Sacks is] a wonderful storyteller. . . . It s his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful. """"San Francisco Chronicle" """ Remarkably candid and deeply affecting. . . . Sacks s empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, joining particulars with generalities and, especially, narratives with neuroscience have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book. """"The Boston Globe" """ Intriguing. . . . When describing his patients and their problems, he is attentive and precise, straightforward and sympathetic, and he brings these worthy qualities to his descriptions of his younger self. """"The Washington Post" """ A compelling read. . . . Offers a glimpse into one of the greatest minds of our time. """"Men s Journal" """ What a self this book reveals! A man animated by boundless curiosity, wide-ranging intelligence, gratitude for flawed humanity, perseverance despite setbacks. . . . We re lucky to have all the books, includingOn the Move. It s intensely, beautifully, incandescently alive. """"Newsday" """ An ebullient telling of a remarkable life. """"Paste " """ This remarkable man lifts us all. . . . [On the Move] is not only a record of his life-affirming characterological extravagance but also a meditation on what it is to be human in an age of medical arrogance and the numbing clout of technology. """"The Los Angeles Review of Books" """ An unforgettably passionate, joyous journey. """"The Daily Beast" """ [A] beautifully constructed and moving memoir. . . . His life and work are a gift. """"The Times Literary Supplement" (London) """ Moving. . . . Written with exceptional grace and clarity. """"Richmond Times-Dispatch""""" Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" Dr. Sacks writes not only with a doctor s understanding of medicine and science but also with a Chekhovian sympathy for his patients and a metaphysical appreciation of their emotional quandaries....That writing, which Dr. Sacks says gives him a pleasure unlike any other, has also been a gift to his readers of erudition, sympathy and an abiding understanding of the joys, trials and consolations of the human condition. Lauren Slater, "Los Angeles Review of Books" The summation of a life lived with so much breadth and depth that it serves as a primer for how to navigate human existence with humor, humility, passion, speed, intelligence, and ongoing grace the tale tying together all the stories Sacks has published in his lifetime . In this book, Sacks reveals himself as a writer, laying bare the process, which was sometimes exquisitely painful and sometimes straightforward; it s a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into how one of this country s most beloved physicians and authors actually plies his craft....Sacks is so vulnerable, so naked, so exposed in the telling of his life that the reader wants to fall in love with him, because what else can you do when a person such as Sacks gives you the gift of such honesty? . "On the Move"can be read in many different ways . In the end, though, what the reader walks away with, or rather, what this reader walked away with, was a field guide on how to live an excellent life, moment by moment, mile by mile, making each droplet count. Colin McGinn, "Wall Street Journal" This is a very strikingbook by a very striking man. It is honest, lucid, passionate, humorous, humane and human (also slightly Martian). The Oliver Sacks you thought you knew may surprise you with his back story "Carmela Ciuraru, "San Francisco Chronicle"" No matter what he writes about whether struggling to understand what his patients are going through, or describing his love of swimming or photography Sacks always seems open to learning more. He appears keenly interested in everything and everyone he encounters. He s a wonderful storyteller, a gift he says he inherited from his parents, both of whom were doctors. But as he proves again in his latest book, it s his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful. ""Heller McAlpin, "LA Times" "On the Move" is filled with both wonder and wonderments .Sacks discursive, revealing memoir chronicles his surprising route to becoming the bard of brain disorders. Pit stops along the way include his biker days (in which he went by his middle name, Wolf), avid weightlifting, experimentation with psychotropic drugs leading to amphetamine addiction, numerous brushes with death, lifelong passion for long-distance swims, and so many carelessly lost manuscripts you can t help but wonder about Freudian slips. The vivid self-portrait that emerges is of an immoderate risk taker with a brilliant wildly associative mind, an enthusiast who regards all neurology, everything as a sort of adventure. A teacher s astute assessment best sums up Sacks nature: Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far. He has frequently pushed the limits. "Suzanne Koven, "Boston Globe"" Sacks empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, joining particulars with generalities and, especially, narratives with neuroscience have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book, "On The Move." This meta memoir, in which Sacks reconsiders aspects of his life and work that he s written about in a dozen previous books, is remarkably candid and deeply affecting. ""Colette Bancroft, "Tampa Bay Times"" On the Move"is entertaining and illuminating and sometimes shocking, and it s given a deep tinge of poignancy by Sacks public announcement in February that he has terminal cancer. If"On the Move"is his effort, at age 81 and in the face of death, to record a life well lived, he has succeeded beautifully. Laura Miller, "Salon" "On the Move" is an enchanting window on just how much vitality you can pack into four-score years on this planet " "Tyghe Trimble, "Men s Journal"" What you likely don t know about Sacks is that he once held a weightlifting record in California, is a serious motorcycle enthusiast, and fell in love at 77. Such moments make"On the Move"a compelling read.Thememoiroffers a glimpse into one of the greatest minds of our time, made all the more special by the knowledge that it s one of his last gifts to a devoted readership. ""Jennie Yabroff, "Biographile" You finish"On the Move"with a sense of wonder and admiration. """Melissa Pierson, Daily Beast" an unforgettably passionate, joyous journey. Jeff Milo, "Paste" An ebullient telling of a remarkable life. "" Dan Cryer, "Newsday" Learning to come to terms with unique patients has given Oliver Sacks permission to come to terms with himself. And what a self this book reveals! A man animated by boundless curiosity, wide-ranging intelligence, gratitude for flawed humanity, perseverance despite setbacks . Oliver Sacks can never be replaced. We re lucky to have all the books, including "On the Move." It s intensely, beautifully, incandescently alive." Alden Mudge, "BookPage" In these pages, Sacks is always on the move, leaping adroitly from one topic to the next. We are swept along by the velocity of his account of a long and eventful life. "From the Hardcover edition.""

EAN: 9780804170932
ISBN: 0804170932
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.21 x 2.54 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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