sister http://wamc.org en "A Normal Life: A Sister’s Odyssey Through Brain Injury" By Lyrysa Smith http://wamc.org/post/normal-life-sister-s-odyssey-through-brain-injury-lyrysa-smith <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lyrysasmith.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyrysa Smith’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sister, Molly, got a severe brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning. Her husband died lying next to her in the hotel bed. After nine days in a coma, Molly emerged. But not the Molly that </span>Lyrysa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> knew.</span></p><p>Her new book, <em>A Normal Life: A Sister’s Odyssey Through Brain Injury</em>, is not a story about recovery. Molly got better, then worse, and then simply different.</p><p>Lyrysa tells the story of her sister’s brain injury—its impact on her, their close relationship, and their entire family. She looks to how they were all turned inside out and forever changed by the harrowing complexities of this most damaging and mysterious of injuries.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86181 at http://wamc.org "A Normal Life: A Sister’s Odyssey Through Brain Injury" By Lyrysa Smith Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Christa Parravani's "Her" http://wamc.org/post/best-2013-non-fiction-christa-parravanis-her <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Christa Parravani is a photographer, capital region native, and author of the acclaimed new memoir, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805096531/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0805096531&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Her: A Memoir</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0805096531" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em> about the life and early death of her identical twin, Cara. For several years after her identical twin died of a drug overdose in 2006, Christa would look in the mirror and see her sister's face staring back at her. No matter where she went, she could not escape the image of her twin.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59218 at http://wamc.org Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Christa Parravani's "Her"