Sick: A Memoir

Sick: A Memoir

In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour's struggles with late-stage Lyme disease. For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All o In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, mi...

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Title:Sick: A Memoir
Author:Porochista Khakpour
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0062428721
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Sick: A Memoir Reviews

  • Melissa
    Mar 07, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

  • Katharine
    Aug 03, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

  • Marcy Dermansky
    Jun 11, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

  • Lindsey
    Jun 10, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

    "I liked that there was danger involved with me, that I was someone people could lose, that I could flirt with some other realm, that I was intensely fragile yet ultimately indestructible. I felt like a crystal ballerina, a porcelain swan, but most of all like a ghost." this is a ...

    If the author's journey is worthy of a book deal, my journey could be made into a movie. She had it easy compared to many of the people I know suffering from Lyme Disease. ...

    Anyone interested in this book absolutely has to read this review in the New York Review of books by an actual doctor. https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/07... While this memoir might be interesting, it's an exercise in delusion, and it might well do more damage than good in the world...

    I found Sick hard to put down, I loved Khakpour's style - sophisticated, measured writing that is easy to read. An image early on of a car crash lodged in my head: 'There were no lights. After some time I turned on my hazards and looked into the rearview mirror and watched more cars sp...

    Chronic illness is one thing, chronic illness without the "safety" of having a diagnosis is another. It's a distinction I would not have considered before reading Khakpour's memoir. Her life feels like a mystery, attempting to discover the culprit making her sick - it feels frustrating...

  • Canadian Reader
    Aug 11, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Jun 14, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

  • Jona & Joslyn
    Sep 04, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

    "I liked that there was danger involved with me, that I was someone people could lose, that I could flirt with some other realm, that I was intensely fragile yet ultimately indestructible. I felt like a crystal ballerina, a porcelain swan, but most of all like a ghost." this is a ...

    If the author's journey is worthy of a book deal, my journey could be made into a movie. She had it easy compared to many of the people I know suffering from Lyme Disease. ...

  • Komal
    Jun 12, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

  • Tracy
    Jun 09, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Aug 12, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

  • Kerry
    Jun 16, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

  • Emily
    May 26, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Jun 22, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

  • Nasim
    Aug 05, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

    "I liked that there was danger involved with me, that I was someone people could lose, that I could flirt with some other realm, that I was intensely fragile yet ultimately indestructible. I felt like a crystal ballerina, a porcelain swan, but most of all like a ghost." this is a ...

    If the author's journey is worthy of a book deal, my journey could be made into a movie. She had it easy compared to many of the people I know suffering from Lyme Disease. ...

    Anyone interested in this book absolutely has to read this review in the New York Review of books by an actual doctor. https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/07... While this memoir might be interesting, it's an exercise in delusion, and it might well do more damage than good in the world...

    I found Sick hard to put down, I loved Khakpour's style - sophisticated, measured writing that is easy to read. An image early on of a car crash lodged in my head: 'There were no lights. After some time I turned on my hazards and looked into the rearview mirror and watched more cars sp...

  • Bekki
    Jun 20, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

  • Susannah
    Feb 06, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

  • alex
    Jun 09, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

    "I liked that there was danger involved with me, that I was someone people could lose, that I could flirt with some other realm, that I was intensely fragile yet ultimately indestructible. I felt like a crystal ballerina, a porcelain swan, but most of all like a ghost." this is a ...

  • Grace Sutherlin
    Jun 18, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

  • Maura Muller
    Jul 11, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Sep 08, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

  • Janani
    Jul 06, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

  • Katrina
    Aug 07, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

  • Madeleine
    Jun 29, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

  • Hannah
    Jun 26, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

  • Marika
    Feb 26, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

  • Jessie
    Jun 19, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

  • Sarah Lumos
    Sep 01, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

  • Kate
    Apr 18, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

  • Amy M
    Jul 03, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

  • Lauren Halster
    Aug 05, 2018

    This might be my biggest reading disappointment of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this book for ages and when it finally arrived I jumped straight into reading it. I find the story Porochista Khakpour tells - of illness that went years without a diagnosis, about racism...

    Given that an official diagnosis doesn't come until 40 pages from the end, Sick is less a memoir about having Lyme disease than a memoir about having a mysterious illness that baffles doctors, results in a lot of inappropriate (and expensive) treatments, and is routinely viewed as pure...

    I think that books about chronic illness and the experiences of women of colour accessing healthcare are essential, but I did not like this book. Here?s the thing. I think that explorations of trauma and illness, of gender and illness, of race and illness, are all so important. I thi...

    ?I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.? ...

    ?the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people don?t want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head, that it is likely stress, that everything will be okay. None of these are the right thing to say to someone whose entire ex...

    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour?s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of ?putting a name? to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that...

    A hot mess of cluster-b melodrama and pseudoscientific word salad. (Read Lying: a metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater instead.) ...

    I have fascinated with Porochista Khakpour for years. It was so wonderful to actually meet the real Porochista in real life and sort of fall in love with the actual person. Reading her memoir, SICK, was a fascinating entry into the actual life woman behind the tweets -- so much of the ...

    Excerpt from review posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Porochista Khakpour spends much of this book talking about relationships. Sometimes it?s her parents or girlfriends. But more often it?s the men in her life. I?ve seen reviewers bemoan this. But here?s what I th...

    Porochista Khakpour can?t remember a time when she didn?t feel unwell and like she wanted to escape. ?I had no idea what normal was. I never felt good,? she writes in her bracing memoir. Related to this sense of not being at home in her body was the feeling of not having a plac...

    I do not have cohesive thoughts about this book. I cannot, and I may never. I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars, or whether I loved it or hated it or thought it was good or bad writing or why I consistently want to treat life in binary or why any of this matters in the end...

    I was really looking forward to this book. My husband battled late stage Lyme for 5 years and I had it for one and a half agonizing years. Most everyone I know (I live in a rural, Upstate, NY) has had it. I think it is crucial to share the difficulties and problems in getting treated ...

    2.5/5 stars I feel bad for not liking this book. However, like others have said, although this book?s content is important, the execution was poor. At first, I was excited to read this because when I saw the cover, I saw a part of myself. As an Asian woman who copes with a chron...

    I think I went in expecting too much. Khakpour is at her best when she describes the indifference of doctors, her struggles and confusion regarding Lyme and seeing how cities and lovers correspond to her illness. At several times, I felt the prose could have been tightened. It was ...

    For obvious reasons, I tend to be drawn toward books about people living with chronic illness?particularly women. I was especially eager to read Sick, Khakpour's memoir, because I know a number of people affected by Lyme disease. Khakpour's story is a difficult one, full of not just ...

    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the...

    all the people who had petty, bad reviews are crazy. this is a well-written and really interesting memoir about being chronically ill and navigating the unknowns of that illness. furthermore, it's hard to write about chronic illness, especially when you're actually suffering from it, s...

    My takeaway from this chaotic memoir is that Lyme disease is terrfiying (thanks for checking me for ticks at the Cape @cassadycadillac) and the American health system is brutal. My other takeaway is perhaps the jumpy approach is not the right one for a memoir of this kind. ...

    As a woman who suffers from four chronic illnesses I was most interested in reading this book as I wanted to see how another woman approached coping with chronic illness and the revolving door of medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. I have my ...

    Interesting and thoughtful, but the random arrangement of essays didn't work for me. I needed a bit more linear structure--I kept trying to figure out where we were in time and if she knew yet that she had Lyme disease. But I find medical memoirs fascinating, and she did an astonishing...

    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease." ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors First of all thank you Harper Perennial for ...

    while kind of interesting, it was self-indulgant and too focused on how 'odd' the author is. Its not really a story about Lyme, or even being sick really. I didn't feel the author showed how she was odd, she just kept saying it. I got pretty bored reading how weird she felt, but how no...

    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For ...

    This is a memoir of a person in agony and the author paints a complete but confusing picture of her misery, suffering from chronic illnesses including Lyme disease and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and drug addiction. The structure and non-linear fashion ...

    This was immensely difficult to read- heartbreaking subject matter aside, I related to the absolute frustration of nor having a diagnosis/name of a thing one has been suffering, and I haven't dealt with a fraction of Porochista's experiences. An absolutely visceral read. ...

    "I liked that there was danger involved with me, that I was someone people could lose, that I could flirt with some other realm, that I was intensely fragile yet ultimately indestructible. I felt like a crystal ballerina, a porcelain swan, but most of all like a ghost." this is a ...

    If the author's journey is worthy of a book deal, my journey could be made into a movie. She had it easy compared to many of the people I know suffering from Lyme Disease. ...

    Anyone interested in this book absolutely has to read this review in the New York Review of books by an actual doctor. https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/07... While this memoir might be interesting, it's an exercise in delusion, and it might well do more damage than good in the world...