Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness


In Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, the author writes about her experience with a rare autoimmune condition in which her body begins attacking her brain, leaving her helpless. It is a story about Susannah’s family coming together to fight for her survival and the doctors who tried everything to bring her back to normalcy.

The doctors don’t actually know how it began for me. What’s clear is that if that man had sneezed on you, you’d most likely just get a cold. For me, it flipped my universe upside down and very nearly sent me to an asylum for life. (p. 9)

What I enjoyed most about this book was the rare, inside peek into brain disorders. Speaking as one who has experienced a lot, yet has survived and come out the other side, Susannah offers an objective view of some of the strange symptoms she experienced as she succumbed to her body’s attack. Her re-entry back into the real world and wondering who she is now is a struggle I could relate to.

Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone! It’s a light, fascinating read that is hard to put down.