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Between Heaven and Hell

The Story of My Stroke
By David Talbot
Chronicle Prism
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Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, and  Full Description

“Touching, informative, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, I couldn’t put it down.”
—Anne Lamott,  New York Times bestselling author

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Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, and The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling, Talbot examines the physical, emotional, and psychological impact his stroke has had on his identity. Along the way Talbot offers readers insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, insights into the new tech culture, the down and dirty of Hollywood, and much more. This is an illuminating, often humorous, portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Date: 01/14/2020
ISBN: 9781452183336

David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New Yorker Time Rolling Stone The Guardian the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

“Touching, informative, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, I couldn’t put it down.”
—Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

“A deeply affecting examination of mortality, ambition, and the priorities of a man who dodged death to live better days.”
—Dave Eggers, bestselling author of The Circle, Zeitoun, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

“What makes this book so special is the complete absence of resentment and self-pity. This is a story beyond catharsis—it’s a rebirth, a celebration, a hallucinatory and joyous examination of the aftermath of illness with love and gratitude infused on every page.”
—Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

“Talbot demonstrates the conviction of someone who has been there and back and now knows what is really at stake... Inspiration for others facing similar challenges.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping narrative.”
—Alta

“Rare and impressive.”
The San Francisco Examiner