Oliver Sacks has reportedly died
I love reading non-fiction.
What I particularly enjoy is when something gives me a new take on the normal.
I have that right now with
When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, there was a particular non-fiction book that became were actively seeking. It wasn’t just the typical feeling of someone just being intrigued…it felt more like they were looking for insight.
That book was
by the neurologist Oliver Sacks.
I’ve always been fascinated by how people think: I’m a trainer (which requires a strong understanding of that), a writer, and have been working in the medical field (not as a clinician) for quite some time.
Oddly, though, I’ve never actually read the book.
Not too long ago, I happily downloaded it to my
as part of our membership in
That’s right: a book which was a bestseller, and which I’ve thought about reading since before the Kindle existed, was available for me at no additional cost.
I was saddened, then, to have the book as yet unread on my device when I heard about Oliver Sacks passing.
It wasn’t a surprise: I knew that the author had cancer about a decade ago, and that it had taken a serious turn for the worse earlier this year.
There is the consolation that Oliver Sacks will continue to have a presence in the world and to influence people’s lives through the books.
While “Hat” (4.3 stars out of 5 with 420 reviews) is the only one available through KU, there are fourteen Oliver Sacks books in the USA Kindle store:
Having “Hat” in KU is a good strategy: people reading that one certainly might want to read some of the others, which include:
- Awakenings (which became an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated movie with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro
- An Anthropologist on Mars (which is unavailable in p-book…paperbook…right now)
- The Island of the Colorblind
- Seeing Voices
- A Leg to Stand On
While we can mourn his loss, we can be thankful that we can still connect with Oliver Sacks through the books of someone who was both a great thinker and a feeling individual…and with the rare gift of being able to communicate both perspectives.
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