Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
powerHouse Arena (37 Main St., Brooklyn)
Free, RSVP requested: rsvp@powerHouseArena.com
Award winning reporter Susannah Cahalan presents her debut, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, in a book launch and reception at powerHouse Arena. The memoir recounts Cahalan’s experience trying to rebuild her life after a month-long battle with a newly discovered autoimmune disorder.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is the astonishing true story of twenty-four year old Susannah Cahalan’s inexplicable descent into madness, and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. A team of doctors would spend a month—and more than a million dollars—trying desperately to pin down a medical explanation for what went wrong. Far more than a riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her “lost month” to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love.