The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage

The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage

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A fascinating, darkly funny comeback story of learning to live with a broken mind after a near-fatal traumatic brain injury--from the acclaimed author of The Hike.

Drew Magary, fan-favorite Defector and former Deadspin columnist, is known for his acerbic takes and his surprisingly nuanced chronicling of his own life. But in The Night the Lights Went Out, he finds himself far out of his depths. On the night of the 2018 Deadspin Awards, he suffered a mysterious fall that caused him to smash his head so hard on a cement floor that he cracked his skull in three places and suffered a catastrophic brain hemorrhage. For two weeks, he remained in a coma. The world was gone to him, and him to it.

In his long recovery from his injury, including understanding what his family and friends went through as he lay there dying, coming to terms with his now permanent disabilities, and trying to find some lesson in this cosmic accident, he leaned on the one sure thing that he knows and that didn't leave him--his writing.

Drew takes a deep dive into what it meant to be a bystander to his own death and figuring out who this new Drew is: a Drew that doesn't walk as well, doesn't taste or smell or see or hear as well, and a Drew that is often failing as a husband and a father as he bounces between grumpiness, irritability, and existential fury. But what's a good comeback story without heartbreak? Eager to get back what he lost, Drew experiences an awakening of a whole other kind in this incredibly funny, medically illuminating, and heartfelt memoir.

Title:The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593232712
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    The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage Reviews

  • Petra is pretending crumbs are the whole loaf

    Review The first part of the book was the author as a child, as a young man, as a middle-aged man married with a family and then The Collapse. And that's where the book that was a bit tedious until th...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Highly recommended for fans of memoirs, especially medical memoirs.Thank you to Random House for the gifted book.The Nights the Light Went Out is the story of columnist Drew Magary’s life, especiall...

  • Diane

    Few writers make me laugh out loud as much as Drew Magary. My husband was a fan of Deadspin, where Magary used to write, and he would often share funny Magary articles with me. And I had previously re...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    This is a medical memoir unlike any other. Drew Magary collapsed at an after-party in a Karaoke bar, waking up two weeks later having suffered a mysterious subdural hemorrhage, causing him to crash to...

  • Sharon Metcalf

    I felt like I'd won the lotto when offered the chance to read a complimentary review copy of The Night The Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage by Drew Magary.   You see, a few years...

  • Sherri Thacker

    The Night the Lights Went Out is about Drew who made a come-back after a near fatal brain injury. It was a grueling 2 year process all during Covid too! I enjoyed this and felt every emotion there was...

  • Cari

    I enjoy medical memoirs, and I have read some of Magary's work - I specifically enjoyed his novel THE POSTMORTAL. This was an interesting and bitingly funny read. Magary was hosting the Deadspin award...

  • Diane Yannick

    Although I have a few more logistical complaints than indicated by 4 stars, I do not feel comfortable publicly criticizing an honest book written after a brain injury. Although my TBI was not as drama...

  • Malia

    I only knew Drew Margary from his beloved Hater's Guide to the Williams Sonoma catalog posts every year, and I had known he'd suffered something traumatic around Christmas a few years ago. I was intri...

  • Matt Simpson

    WHY YOUR AUTHOR SUCKS: DREW MAGARY...Actually Drew wrote a very compelling story about how his brain just stopped working the way it was supposed to one day and tried to kill him. I find Drew's writin...