The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

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Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Riverhead Books
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.14 X 9.06 X 1.26 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781594633799

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About the Author

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of The Long Goodbye and the poetry collections Sun in Days, Once, and Halflife. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, she is the editor of The Yale Review. Her writing appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and more.

Reviews

Praise for The Invisible Kingdom:

"With a poet's sensibility, journalist's rigor, and patient's personal investment, O'Rourke sheds light on the physical and mental toll of having a mysterious chronic illness...Readers will be left in awe."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"The Invisible Kingdom is a vivid account of the lived experience of chronic illness. Meghan O'Rourke exposes a system of thought in which people with poorly understood illnesses are dismissed and disbelieved, blamed for their own suffering, and left to take desperate risks in pursuit of treatment. Crucially, her perspective offers insight into how we can do better." -Eula Biss, author of Having and Being Had

"O'Rourke's honest and insightful account of chronic pain is at once a page-turner and an education in cutting-edge science and the history of ideas. I couldn't put it down." - Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

"In this urgent and beautifully written book, Meghan O'Rourke lays siege to one of the last taboos in medicine: the chronic illnesses that govern the daily lives of millions of people, but are rarely acknowledged. As we confront the long-term impacts of COVID-19, O'Rourke's lyrical analysis couldn't come at a better time." - Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer and author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives

"With impressive clarity and depth, O'Rourke explores the failure of current biological science to identify the causes of numerous maladies or offer effective treatment, leaving a sufferer adrift. Bracing in its intelligence and remarkable in its sweep of both literary and medical scope, this book is essential reading for patients and medical professionals alike." --Jerome Groopman MD, author of How Doctors Think

"Emotionally compelling and intellectually rich. --Kirkus