Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke
With Quincy McCoy
Wednesday, January 27, 2020, 7:30 pm
2286 Cedar Street
$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com T:800.838.3006, East Bay Books, Books Inc. (Berkeley), Pegasus Books (3 shops), Moe’s, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Walden Pond Books
$15 door, KPFA 94.1FM benefit
Touching, informative, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, I couldn’t put it down
My stroke did not just change my life. It saved my life.
So begins Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, the powerful memoir by celebrated historian, journalist, and bestselling author David Talbot. Stricken with a debilitating stroke at the age of sixty-six, he was left partially paralyzed—struggling to speak, to swallow, to stand —and required constant monitoring. And yet, despite his startling new condition, he didn’t consider himself a man whose life was really diminished. He was instead a man whose life was profoundly revived.
For the first time, Talbot invites readers along on his intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke. From that fateful night in November, 2017, through the harrowing journey from the ER to the stroke center, and ultimately along his road to recovery, Talbot reveals the painstaking, yet strangely euphoric process of restarting one’s life. And in examining his frenetic past – from the frenzied early days as founder of the online media pioneer Salon, through his successful publishing career and to his wild journey through Hollywood – he offers readers an uncensored look at a life both shattered and renewed.
Told with Talbot’s trademark candor and humor, Between Heaven and Hell is a Powerful reminder of how a major health crisis can positively alter one’s identity. And shift one’s perspective on life itself.
QUINCY McCOY, author of No Static: A Guide to Creative Radio Programing, is the General Manager of KPFA Radio.