Diane Ackerman: "One Hundred Names for Love"

Author Diane Ackerman - Toshi Otsuki

Author Diane Ackerman

Toshi Otsuki

Diane Ackerman: "One Hundred Names for Love"

Writer Diane Ackerman's husband was a novelist, a poet and a lover of language before he suffered a massive stroke. It left him able to utter only a single syllable. The story of how his wife helped him rediscover language and how their love changed.

When writer Diane Ackerman's husband of 35 years suffered a massive stroke, he lost his command of language. In the beginning, he could only utter one syllable, "mem." And for Paul West, a writer, poet, and professor, that was a devastating blow. Over the next six years, his wife refused to give up hope. She saturated him with language and never left his side. Now Diane Ackerman has written about the experience in a new memoir titled "One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing." In it, she shares the touching story of their marriage and explores the role of becoming a caregiver.


Diane Ackerman

author of "One Hundred Names for Love;" "A Natural History of the Senses;" and "The Zookeeper's Wife"

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From One Hundred Names for Love. Copyright 2011 by Diane Ackerman. Excerpted by kind permission of W.W. Norton & Company.

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