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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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A Mind Unraveled
A Memoir
By (author): Kurt Eichenwald
9780399593628 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Oct 16, 2018
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.39 x 9.56 x 1.32 in 416 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author’s ongoing struggle with epilepsy—his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive.

Written with brutal and affecting honesty, Kurt Eichenwald, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager, details the abuses he faced while incapacitated post-seizure, the discrimination he fought that almost cost him his education and employment, and the darkest moments when he contemplated suicide as the only solution to ending his physical and emotional pain. He recounts how medical incompetence would have killed him but for the heroic actions of a brilliant neurologist and the friendship of two young men who assumed part of the burden of his struggle. Ultimately, Eichenwald’s is an inspirational tale, showing how a young man facing his own mortality on a daily basis could rise from the depths of despair to the heights of unimagined success.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR/AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST: Kurt Eichenwald has written a series of bestselling books on subjects ranging from the villains of Wall Street to the days after 9/11. Now for the first time he delves into the very personal subject that affects nearly 3 million people in the U.S. alone and 65 million people worldwide.

SIGNIFICANT AUDIENCE: According to the CDC, 3,400,000 Americans have epilepsy. 200,000 new cases are reported each year. More people die annually from seizure disorders (50,000) than from car accidents (40,000).

SIGNIFICANT EPILEPSY COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Because so few prominent people with epilepsy disclose their conditions, members of that community have already committed to a massive marketing and support of this book. Epilepsy organizations with broad million-plus social media reach have committed to promoting it to their followers, their members and to their individual chapters, including 50 in the United States and others in 125 countries. The Epilepsy Foundation will be making A Mind Unraveled the centerpiece of its fall 2018 annual meeting, which is attended by prominent politicians and media figures, and includes performances by musical stars with epilepsy, including Elton John.

It’s hard to believe discrimination against people suffering from epilepsy existed just a few decades ago. Shockingly, if you go back a few decades before that, people with epilepsy were fired from their employment after disclosing their seizures, children were expelled from school and in 1958, 17 states allowed for forced sterilization of epileptic people. Marrying them was illegal. Missouri kept its marriage ban on the books until 1980.

Kurt Eichenwald is a New York Times bestselling author of four previous nonfiction books. His second, The Informant, was made into a movie starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. In addition to his distinguished work as a senior writer at Newsweek and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Eichenwald spent two decades as a senior writer at The New York Times, where he was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, as well as the winner of the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and an Emmy Award nominee. He lives in Dallas with his family.

Author Residence: Dallas, TX

Author Hometown: Dallas, TX

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“His remarkable memoir reads, unaccountably, like the most hair-raising of psychological thrillers…. A Mind Unraveled is inspirational in the true sense of the word…. It is written with great verve and wisdom by someone who has closely and thoughtfully detailed his own plight as well as the journey out of it. I found myself reading it obsessively…. It is a book to take heart from.”—Daphne Merkin, The New York Times Book Review

A Mind Unraveled reads like a medical thriller, at times truly frightening but also deeply inspiring. This book will make me think differently as a doctor. Kurt Eichenwald is a tremendously talented writer. When you travel on his personal journey, it is pure gold.”—Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN

“This book absolutely floored me. It’s a medical mystery unlike any I’ve read before, with a propulsive narrative. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down.”—Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of Barbarians at the Gate

“This powerful account provides an important blueprint for anyone struggling to overcome serious challenges.”—Katie Couric

“Kurt Eichenwald’s memoir is an immensely moving and captivating chronicle of his struggle with epilepsy. His unflinching descriptions of the extreme challenges of his condition have much to teach all of us about living. This is an extraordinary book.”—Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Dance of Anger

“This is a very powerful, tremendously informative book. Pure emotional honesty has great impact, and that is what Kurt Eichenwald has provided here.”—James Fallows, National Book Award winner and national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly

A Mind Unraveled left me overwhelmed and speechless. Eichenwald’s story is breathtaking: devastation and inspiration all under one cover.”—Susan Axelrod, founder of CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)

“A terrific memoir with a stinging critique of health care gone awry.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A passionate memoir of health and life and what it means to embrace both.”Library Journal (starred review)

“In a career that’s included hundreds of articles… investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald has established himself as a dogged and fearless reporter. But no story he’s unearthed is as compelling as the one he tells in his traumatic memoir.…Candid, meticulously reported and at times terrifying, A Mind Unraveled is an inspiring story of a man whose fierce will helped ensure he would not be defined or defeated by a chronic disease.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“In this riveting personal narrative…Eichenwald has created a universal tale of resilience wrapped in a primal scream against the far-too-savage world. Book clubs will clamor for this tale of survival and call for compassion.”Booklist (starred review)
“An enlightening and often moving memoir of one man’s struggle to live with a chronic and debilitating condition.”Kirkus Reviews

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