The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: A Memoir


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$27.95  $25.71
Doubleday Books
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6.3 X 9.5 X 1.5 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

SARAH RAMEY is a writer and musician (known as Wolf Larsen) living in Washington, DC. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2003, received an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia in 2007, and worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign.


"Sarah Ramey's candor in discussing more than a decade of pain, confusion, and dismissal by countless doctors is matched by compassion for herself and every woman who has been told that her symptoms are only in her head, even when she knows her body is screaming. This is a book for anyone who has ever asked a question that didn't have an immediate or easy answer, anyone who has worried about themselves or a loved one who isn't getting better--despite following all the experts' advice--and anyone interested in their own health, public health, or medicine. In other words, it's a book with something resonant and useful for all of us. It's also, not incidentally, a terrific read."
--Chelsea Clinton, co-author of The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

"Sarah Ramey is a person of uncommon wit, bravery, compassion, honesty, and intellect. Every one of those qualities is on full display in this unflinching, important, and stunningly written memoir, which gives voice to millions of women whose experiences and pain have been ignored and minimized."
--Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

"With brilliant storytelling, Sarah Ramey tells of her experience with a mysterious illness while weaving in a practical roadmap for the woman who is overwhelmed, confused, depressed, desperate, and suffering with confusing symptoms. As she undertakes her heroine's journey through her relationship with her body, she reclaims her power and comes home to herself--because in the end, it's getting back into our bodies that allows us to become free. A masterwork and a page-turning, fantastic read."
--Alisa Vitti, author of In The FLO and founder of FLO Living

"A visceral, scathing, erudite read that digs deep into how modern medicine continues to fail women and what can be done about it."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Illuminating . . . Though this medical saga is disturbing in the many miscalculations her doctors made, Ramey's hilarious and upbeat sense of humor lightens even the direst of circumstances . . . Her uncanny grit and fortitude will deeply inspire the multitudes facing similar issues."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review