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'“As harrowing as this territory is, Mr. MacLean makes an affable, sure-footed guide. . . . Thanks to his raw, honest and beautiful memoir, readers will already have a clear idea what his experience was like. We can be grateful Mr. MacLean has remembered so much, and so well.” —The New York Times “[A] vivid reflection on the 10 years following the Lariam-induced break with reality and the memory problems that persisted in its wake. . . . One author, a writer by trade, tells his story because it is a good one: dramatic and unique. The other tells a story, no less arresting, because she has a point to make. Both succeed impressively.” —The New York Times Book Review “Written in terse, vivid prose spiked with blackouts and violent hallucinations reminiscent of a Ken Kesey classic, MacLean’s story of the yearlong quest to regain his life reads like fiction, and reminds us that while memories may be painful, truth is all too often elusive.” —Mother Jones “Incandescent . . . MacLean’s account is raw and unsparing, and will surely take you out of your comfort zone—the reader is immersed in the writer’s oblivion and his vertiginous journey of recovery—but the reward for sticking with it is the privilege of reading MacLean’s profound and finely nuanced meditation on memory and identity.” —The Seattle Times “MacLean fearlessly explores his journey to the edge of madness and his subsequent return to sanity in an unsettling, sometimes riotous, memoir.” —Publishers Weekly “Mesmerizing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Riveting, sad, and funny . . . Both a sharply written autobiography and an insightful meditation on how much our memories define our identities.” —Booklist “A gripping medical mystery, a heartwarming personal journey, and a chilling indictment of the commonly prescribed drug that upended MacLean’s life—but left his superb literary skills intact.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'