Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is yet more proof that real life is in fact crazier than fiction. Imagine – I want you to think of your current job role and what you do really well at your job. Now – I want you to think what if you woke up tomorrow morning and you all of a sudden couldn’t do it and know you couldn’t do it anymore – but no clue why. CRAZY! Susannah’s, life turned around completely, and luckily her family knew something more was up.

Brain on Fire is a sad, but entertaining REAL LIFE story including – bed bug paranoia, jumping out of a car to demand food from a fast food joint, convincing yourself a family member is a murder, ransacking a boyfriends apartment for no reason at all, and more CRAZY.

This is soon to be a movie, so if you don’t feel like reading it – not a big non-fiction reader, overwhelming TBR pile, aliens – whatever the reason, at least go see the movie – it’s a must!


An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic. BUY ON AMAZON

susanAbout Author

Susannah Cahalan is the New York Times bestselling author of “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. She writes for the New York Post. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and others.