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The Answer to the Riddle is Me

A Memoir Of Amnesia

By David MacLean, 1974-

“Brilliant and painful and hilarious.” —Antonya Nelson

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, drawn from David MacLean’s award-winning This American Life essay, is a deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book. It asks every reader to confront the essential questions of our age: In our geographically and chemically fluid world, what makes me who I am? And how much can be stripped away before I become someone else entirely? 

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2014

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9780547519272


Format: Book
Author: MacLean, David, 1974-
Summary: "In 2002, at age twenty-eight, David MacLean "woke up" in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
Title: The answer to the riddle is me : a memoir of amnesia / David Stuart MacLean.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Subject: MacLean, David, 1974- Amnesiacs -- Biography. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Isbn: 9780547519272 (hbk.) 0547519273 (hbk.)
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System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: B MacLean
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Bib Id: 495729

Format: Book
Author: MacLean, David, 1974-
Summary: "In 2002, at age twenty-eight, David MacLean "woke up" in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
Title: The answer to the riddle is me : a memoir of amnesia / David Stuart MacLean.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: MacLean, David, 1974-
Subjects: Amnesiacs -- Biography.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
LCCN: 2013026337
ISBN: 9780547519272 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0547519273 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: B MacLean