On the Move: A Life (Paperback)
This book is reminiscent of another favorite of mine, Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!. Both men are brilliant scholars, creative minds, risk takers, and story tellers. Sacks has been a renowned neurologist, leather jacketed biker, competitive body builder, award winning author, a drug addict, scuba diver, humanist, and a gay man whose physician mother labeled an abomination (So much for stereotypes...check out the cover!). How can all this not make for a fascinating memoir? You will want to sit down, share a glass of wine, and have dinner with this guy. Actually...maybe a couple of glasses of wine. And if the eighty year old Mr. Sacks is not available...well, at least you can be grateful that you were able to spend a very memorable evening or two with his book.— Walt
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.
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, andAwakenings, 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"