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Congratulations!! to our very own, very gifted mothershock on the publication of her memoir: The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself. She has a good interview up at The Rumpus about the book, which covers her process of healing and reinvention after a neurological injury.

(disclosure: Andi is a friend and an all-around awesome person)
posted by lalex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:34 AM (20 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

Hey, congratulations!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:35 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Congratulations to mothershock! Can't wait to read it!
posted by dancing_angel at 10:54 AM on April 3, 2018


Yay!! I have read this book and it is great.
posted by leesh at 10:55 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yay! I just bought a copy and I can't wait to read it! Congratulations mothershock!
posted by chatongriffes at 11:07 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


YAY, mothershock!
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:12 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Thanks for letting us know - I thought Mother Shock was great and would like to read this too.
posted by paduasoy at 11:34 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Huzzah!! :D
posted by Fizz at 11:48 AM on April 3, 2018


Whoa, Andi, didn't know you were here on MetaFilter! Give Daisy an extra kiss from me and Ron! And congratulations!
posted by holborne at 11:49 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


My copy should be arriving today! Can’t wait!
posted by ocherdraco at 12:32 PM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Wow! Congratulations!
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 12:47 PM on April 3, 2018


so since December I have been going though an extremely brutal grief process during which Andi has been a terrific support, A+++ would friend again. One day I was particularly despondent and she wrote to me with some thoughts derived from her own process of grief and rebuilding; the stuff she discusses in this memoir.

In a few short, breathtakingly graceful paragraphs she managed to offer me unbelievable insight, guidance, and even hope. The note is a work of art and also of preternatural compassion and I reread it regularly.

ANYWAY I brought the note to my therapist and demanded he read it and after he did he said: "this is all very smart but also YOUR FRIEND ANDI IS A GIFTED WRITER" and I was like "I KNOW RIGHT!?!?" and that's a very long way of saying I'm excited to read her book.
posted by lalex at 12:50 PM on April 3, 2018 [19 favorites]


I really enjoyed this book; if you are a human being who has ever been sick, or you've ever known anyone who has been sick, I'd encourage you to read this memoir. It really encapsulates that ineffable quality of illness, how it takes you over and changes you but also brings you back to yourself. I don't read for pleasure much anymore, but I sincerely could not stop reading this.

I'm also an academic and I do not (1) Read things without putting them down six million times or (2) Give undeserved effusive praise for writing, so I really do mean it when I say that this book is wonderful.
posted by sockermom at 1:05 PM on April 3, 2018 [5 favorites]


yay! planning on reading it soon.
posted by typecloud at 1:05 PM on April 3, 2018


Thanks so much, everyone, and thanks lalex for posting this (and for your truly touching comment) ❤️
posted by mothershock at 1:31 PM on April 3, 2018 [9 favorites]


Wow! Fantastic! I had a neuro injury in 2017 myself. Looking forward to reading this! Congratulations on publication.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 2:27 PM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I addressed some of the medical stuff in this interview, and wrote about what it was like to try to write a memoir about a time when I wasn’t capable of narrative for this newsletter here (scroll down a bit for my part).
posted by mothershock at 3:02 PM on April 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


I've been a fan for such a long time! I love your voice, mothershock!
posted by peagood at 10:20 AM on April 4, 2018


Oh, wow -- I had a very slow CSF leak a couple of years ago and this sounds fascinating. Congratulations, mothershock!
posted by camyram at 4:30 PM on April 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


Congratulations on what sounds like a really impressive piece of work!
posted by ChuraChura at 12:20 AM on April 5, 2018


Really looking forward to reading it, mothershock! Congrats!
posted by Sophie1 at 1:00 PM on April 5, 2018


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