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Sick

(2018)
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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 of her trips to the ER and her daily anguish, pain, and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease.

Sick is Khakpour's arduous, emotional journey - as a woman, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems - through the chronic illness that perpetually left her a victim of anxiety, living a life stymied by an unknown condition.

Divided by settings, Khakpour guides the reader through her illness by way of the locations that changed her course - New York, LA, New Mexico, and Germany - as she meditates on both the physical and psychological impacts of uncertainty, and the eventual challenge of accepting the diagnosis she had searched for over the course of her adult life. With candor and grace, she examines her subsequent struggles with mental illness, her addiction to the benzodiazepines prescribed by her psychiatrists, and her ever-deteriorating physical health.

A story about survival, pain, and transformation, Sick is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman's life.



Praise for this book

"Sick, reads like a mystery and a reckoning with a love song at its core...Khakpour takes us all the way in on her struggle toward health with an intelligence and intimacy that moved, informed, and astonished me." - Cheryl Strayed


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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
ISBN: 1-78689-604-4 / 978-1-78689-604-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
ISBN: 0-06-242873-X / 978-0-06-242873-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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July 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
ISBN: 1-982529-23-7 / 978-1-982529-23-9
Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio
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July 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Sick: A Memoir - Library Edition
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
ISBN: 1-982529-22-9 / 978-1-982529-22-2
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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July 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
ISBN: 1-982529-24-5 / 978-1-982529-24-6
Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
Publisher: HarperAudio
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sick: A Memoir
Author(s): Porochista Khakpour
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA