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Meghan O'Rourke

Autor(a) de The Long Goodbye: A memoir

11+ Works 678 Membros 52 Críticas

About the Author

Meghan Q'Rourke is Editor of The Yale Review and the author of the best-selling memoir The Long Goodbye and the poetry collections Once, Halflife, and Sun in Days. She is currently completing a book about contested chronic illness.
Image credit: Meghan O'Rourke (left) and Dana Goodyear
at 2007 LA Times Festival of Books
Copyright © 2007 Ron Hogan

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Associated Works

The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex (2011) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 189 No. 2, November 2006 (2006) — Autor — 6 exemplares


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I wrote this review a while ago, but it obviously did not stay. I enjoyed this book to an extent, but it is very heart-wrenching. It will make you cry from the beginning through the end. It really is not a feel-good book because it delves so deeply into the reader's mortality and guilt that only those who have been through what the author is talking about can really understand. O'Rourke's writing is very engaging, and in that respect the book is masterful and a delight. The subject matter is best left for those who need understanding (or to show understanding) in the wake of tragedy.
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BrandyWinn | 35 outras críticas | Feb 2, 2024 |
In The Invisible Kingdom, author Meghan O'Rourke seeks to understand the mysterious, debilitating illnesses that dominated her life for a decade. Does she have a complex autoimmune disturbance, chronic Lyme disease, or a vexing combination of both? To get answers, O'Rourke maxes out her credit cards traveling all over to meet with experts and to try both Western and integrative therapies, neither of which is completely satisfactory. She is particularly critical of Western medicine’s tendency to dismiss women’s suffering as being “all in their heads”, if an immediate, convenient cause is not found. Eventually O'Rourke achieves a state of relative health that allows her to resume teaching, have two children, and write this book.

One thing I noticed that O'Rourke did not do in her travels was meet with other chronic disease sufferers, although she does quote some she reads about online.

I thought I would really like this book, but I grew tired of the self-absorbed nature of the narrative. Still, I recommend it to those with chronic diseases.
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akblanchard | 11 outras críticas | Sep 17, 2023 |
As a woman who has sought out doctors for a range of symptoms, only to be told that my levels are normal and I just have anxiety - I relate to this book more than I'd like and appreciate its existence. The author explores chronic illness on a macro and micro level and highlights how difficult it is to be seen, heard and truly understood as a person with hard-to-identify auto-immune disease(s). She stresses how important is it for the medical and scientific community to reevaluate how we view the individual when it comes to healthcare, looking at the person as a whole -- rather than a collection of separate organs or body systems -- and considering the totality of the condition. This book doesn't give any answers but rather points out how hard finding answers can be.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone whose life is impacted by an auto-immune disease or chronic illness.
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thezenofbrutality | 11 outras críticas | Jul 5, 2023 |
recommended by Clint Smith (How the Word is Passed)
pollycallahan | 11 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2023 |



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