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Shadows Bright As Glass: The Extraordinary Transformation of One Man's Brain - and the Neuroscience that Makes Us Who We Are

Amy Ellis Nutt

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science

The compelling account of one man's extraordinary odyssey. Jon Sarkin, an ordinary family man, recovered from a massive stroke to discover that he had become a man possessed with the compulsion to create art.

From Pulitzer-Prize-finalist Amy Ellis Nutt, comes the moving and inspiring story of Jon Sarkin. Sarkin's personality dramatically changed after he underwent experimental brain surgery and suffered a massive stroke.

Remarkably, he could still remember his old self. Yet, once an ordinary family man, he suddenly found himself compelled to make art, always feverishly creating and only existing in the present. He has since gone on to become an acclaimed artist. Sarkin's story is beautifully interspersed with fascinating nuggets of history about man's struggle to understand the brain and the fragile nature of identity.

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Amy Ellis Nutt

Amy Ellis Nutt writes for THE STAR-LEDGER. In 2009 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her article on Jon Sarkin and in 2011 she won the Pulitzer Prize for an article she wrote about the mysterious sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean. She studied neuroscience at Harvard and philosophy at M.I.T. In 2004 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Pinnacle of Excellence Award.

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