Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Narrated By: Emily Woo Zeller

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2017

Duration: 7 hours 27 minutes

Summary:

A memoir of reinvention after a stroke at thirty-three, based on the author’s viral Buzzfeed essay

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Year’s Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world—quite literally—upside down. By New Year’s Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. And after hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. It is from these memories that she has constructed this frank and compelling memoir.

In a precise and captivating narrative, Lee navigates fearlessly between chronologies, weaving her childhood humiliations and joys together with the story of the early days of her marriage; and then later, in painstaking, painful, and unflinching detail, her stroke and every upset, temporary or permanent, that it causes.

Lee processes her stroke and illuminates the connection between memory and identity in an honest, meditative, and truly funny manner, utterly devoid of self-pity. And as she recovers, she begins to realize that this unexpected and devastating event provides a catalyst for coming to terms with her true self.

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  • Eleanor Mascara

    As a person who has worked with stock victims, I was quite interested in understanding it from the patient's point of view. I think that a person who did not have my background might find this book somewhat boring because of the indepth details given by the author. Her stream of consciousness style made the narration confusing at times.