Sick by Porochista Khakpour


In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour's struggles with late-stage Lyme disease.For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily anguish, pain, and lethargy only ever r...

Details Sick

Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Disability, Health, Biography Memoir

Reviews Sick

  • Susannah
    “I sometimes wonder if I would have been less sick if I had a home.”
  • Melissa
    A finely wrought memoir of Khakpour’s battle with Lyme disease and, more broadly, how the early trauma and displacement of her childhood intertwines and muddies the challenge of “putting a name” to the cause of her symptoms. A personal fascination, for me, was the revelation that Khakpour and I are almost exactly the same age - she has lived so much more life than I have that I would have referred her to as one of the “older girls” had ...
  • Marika
    Iranian American novelist Khakpour describes in excruciating detail her fight against an unknown disease, which turned out to be late stage Lyme disease. Much of her battle was in getting the correct diagnoses and disregarding the Dr's who told her that her pain was psychological. For readers who enjoyed "Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved" by Kate Bowler.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
  • Emily
    This is a difficult, frustrating read -- an an immensely brave one. I applaud Porochista's honesty and openness about her battle with Lyme disease and the horrific chain of events that has followed the onset of her illness. It is infuriating, but sadly not surprising, to see all of the ways she has been mistreated and misdiagnosed by the myriad medical professionals she has seen throughout her life. For anyone who struggles with constant, undiagn...
  • Kate
    "Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease."~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its MetaphorsFirst of all thank you Harper Perennial for sending me this Arc. I am a big fan of Memoirs so I was really excited to read this one. A journey of illness that reads more like a detective novel. Porochista has late-...
  • Leah Angstman
    My review of this book is coming to a major outlet. Will update at that time.
  • Sarah Swong
    There's so much to praise and admire about this powerful, searing narrative of survival through unimaginable worldly instability and corporeal pain. Khakpour, a novelist whose family escaped the Iranian Revolution when she was a little girl, seems to have never lived without unpredictable, mysterious, often alarming signs of serious illness, from torturous insomnia to drug addiction to fainting spells to feeling like her skin is on fire. And she ...
  • Rebecca
    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for a free advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.This was a well-done memoir of one person's experience with chronic illness. Porochista Khakpour's experience with the medical profession and the long journey to diagnosis and correct treatment. Khakpour is honest in this book about her experiences with drugs, abusive relationships, mental health and other struggles that she had alongside her c...
  • Bibi Rose
    Love this book. It reminds me of Roxane Gay's memoir, HUNGER. Both authors are very clear that they don't offer a narrative of triumph or even solution to the body issues they write about. I finished this book feeling like I'd been on a trip with a new, very engaging person. Now the trip's over and I hope there will be another.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    A raw honest at times heartbreaking at times terrifying look at Porochistas life struggling with illness finally getting the Lyme diepsease diagnosis dealing with the sudden onset of the effects of this disease.She struggle to live her life teach write even find the strength to walk her poodle Cosmos .Through her eyes we live through moments where she is terrified just coping with day to day struggles, a rare look at the effects of Lyme disease o...