In the Shadow of Memory

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University of Nebraska Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
In December 1988 Floyd Skloot was stricken by a virus that targeted his brain, leaving him totally disabled and utterly changed. In the Shadow of Memory is an intimate picture of what it is like to find oneself possessed of a ravaged memory and unstable balance and confronted by wholesale changes in both cognitive and emotional powers. Skloot also explores the gradual reassembling of himself, putting together his scattered memories, rediscovering the meaning of childhood and family history, and learning a new way to be at home in the world. Combining the author’s skills as a poet and novelist, this book finds humor, meaning, and hope in the story of a fragmented life made whole by love and the courage to thrive.

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Contents

Damaged Brain
3
Confessions of a Demented Man
18
In the Shadow of Memory
29
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Floyd Skloot is the author of three novels, four collections of poetry, and a collection of essays, "The Night Side." Individual essays from "In the Shadow of Memory" have been included in the anthologies "The Best American Essays," "The Art of the Essay 1999," and "The Best American Science Writing 2000." The essay "A Measure of Acceptance" won the 2004 Pushcart Prize.

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