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On the Move
On the Move: A Life | Oliver Sacks
When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passionsweight lifting and swimmingalso drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientistsThom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crickwho influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writerand of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.
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rwmg
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#7days7covers #day1 Thanks to @Ruthiella for inviting me. I don't know who's already playing and who isn't so I can only say join in if you feel like it.

Ruthiella I need to read more Sacks! I‘ve only read An Anthropologist on Mars so far!😀 (edited) 3mo
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Fridameetslucy
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I worried that I could‘t find common ground with OS as he motorcycled across America. So free, without fear or economic limitations. But then I realized I, like him with his patients, had to find our commonality. Our being human together through his shyness and a separateness that he wished he didn‘t have but used to do his work. It is said of his father that he was considered one of the 36 “hidden righteous whose goodness sustains the world.”

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Fridameetslucy
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I picked up a copy of his book Gratitude (for my Litsy swap group selection) but figured I would first read this memoir rspecially since it‘s been on my TBR pile for the past year. Nothing like mellow nighttime reading.

rwmg Excellent book. My book club read it last year. 6mo
Fridameetslucy @rwmg Yes im enjoying it on many levels. I am also struck by how absolutely alien so much of his story of traveling solo back and forth between Canada and America is to me. He could do this, often welcomed and traveling in the company of men, because he was a man. There seems to be a universe of men that Sacks lived in - I dont think he is even aware of the priveledges assiciated. (edited) 6mo
rwmg @Fridameetslucy He probably wasn't any more than he was conscious that for so many people the possibilities for earning a living and supporting a family preclude that sort of lifestyle. 6mo
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rwmg
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I feel as if I've just spent a couple of days with Dr Sacks, just listening to him reminisce, and am so sorry the book is over. Better than a pick.

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rwmg
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rwmg
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Starting a book over breakfast

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Absolutely loved this audiobook. What a full and impactful life. It made me want to see Awakenings again. Brilliant film.

emilyhaldi I ❤️ Oliver Sacks!!! Have been meaning to read this one. 1y
Cathythoughts I loved the movie Awakenings. Never read him though. Must change that soon. 👍🏻 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Ooh I need to read this 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @emilyhaldi Me too!!! I want to read Uncle Tungsten! 1y
zsuzsanna_reads I have to look at this, I love his books. My friend heard him speak at the university where she teaches and said he was brilliant. 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @zsuzsanna_reads oh, wow!! Wish I had heard him speak in person! I watch a lot of his interviews on YouTube. 1y
zsuzsanna_reads @JanuarieTimewalker13 I know! I think it was a special lecture she was invited to give and she was given tickets by her department. Lucky her! 1y
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RealLifeReading
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More books from the hotel library

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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😀 No doubt
😀 Absolutely
😀Yup, Adriana Trigiani🌼
😀Definitely 💫
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @wanderinglynn it was fun!! Thanks for posting it! 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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📚 I usually have a hard copy or audio book (on phone), I would say 75% of the time
📚Yes!! I LOVE my library!
📚No. I only download an e book if I want to follow something in an audiobook. Sometimes I need the visual, especially if I want to copy a quote in my journal.
That was fun, thanks, @SilversReviews !

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. That is a good idea about having a book to look at with an audio. 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @SilversReviews you‘re welcome! Yes, I think Audiobooks are great to build listening skills, but sometimes I really need the visual. 1y
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bookishdawg
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Finally found my perfect home in a crazy Pacific NW housing market... now it‘s time to finish packing books!
So. Many. Books.📚

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sudi
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1. Three times

2. 8,448 miles

3. I try to borrow from the library as much as i can (on a budget ), so i'd say 2-3 boxes.

4. My forever home will always be my where i grew up, but i have to move next year for college, so i will need to find a new apartment to move in.

5. Yay!

@JoScho

JoScho Yay for library love!! I do have a few boxes of sentimental books though. 1y
sudi @JoScho same, i have some books that are my absolute favourites and some pretty editions which i love. I can't part with them. 😊 and kindle has always been very useful, pocket-friendly and compact 😄 1y
wanderinglynn Wow! That‘s a lot of miles! May I ask where that was from/to? 1y
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sudi @wanderinglynn mumbai ➡ america, it was a 18 hour flight and my butt was numb after that flight 😂 1y
wanderinglynn @sudi Oh wow, that‘s quite a move! I‘ve flown to the Philippines, so I feel your pain about long flights. 1y
sudi @wanderinglynn yeah, long flights are the worst😣, i sometimes wish teleportation was a real thing. 1y
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nadine_swartz
On the Move: A Life | Oliver Sacks
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I tried. I really did. But I felt like I was reading Sack's research (which is fascinating) with long tangents about his struggle with addiction- a format and paving that just didn't work for me.

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Amanda: "My commutes were getting frustrating so I made a conscious choice to read on the subway. I never buy two books at the same time but I accidentally bought ‘My Life on the Road‘ and ‘On the Move‘ together. What's funny is that they are both about unconventional lives and both authors talk about their love for living a life full of curiosity and openness. Am I on the move? Yes. I'm going to work and then to the dentist."

Cinfhen Love this ❤️ 2y
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Howseldomtheydo
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I know next to nothing about this man. #biography #memoir #litsypartyofone #currentlyreading #audiobook

JacqMac I loved him! I have this one on the TBR. 2y
celtichik He looks like a real "Wild One" in this pic! 2y
bookwrm526 I read several of his books over the course of my college career(s) but I only recently learned anything about his life 2y
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Gina He is a fascinating man. He wrote the book Awakenings which the movie was based off of. Some people mistake him for a psychologist but he was actually a neurologist. He passed away shortly after this book was released. 2y
Howseldomtheydo @Gina 👍🏻 adding Awakenings to my tbr! 2y
Gina @Howseldomtheydo Awsome. Enjoy! 2y
JackOBotts Oliver Sacks was a brilliant man; this is on my #tbr, too. If you're into podcasts, he was a friend of Radio Lab, a great program. 2y
charl08 Loved this book. Such a fascinating life. Especially liked the account of biking across the US and swimming in the sea. 2y
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bookishdawg
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"I am a storyteller, for better and for worse." I am so grateful he was! ❤️
#junebookbugs #lgtbqauthors

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JacqMac
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I haven't read this yet. It's on hubby's shelf. I will eventually get to it. But I read many of his other books. He was a fantastic author and scientist. #LGBTQ+authors #JuneBookBugs

LeahBergen And he's super hot in this photo. 😂 3y
JacqMac @LeahBergen 👍😂 3y
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I've loved Oliver Sacks books with a passion. This memoir of his life from a teen onwards shows what a fascinating person he was. However this book is only just a "pick". Portions of it are fascinating but I felt bogged down in places. When he's talking about himself or people he loved it's great, but there are a lot of snippets about other people along the way that just didn't interest me. Still worth it because he is genius

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sisilia
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Insomniac City p.252
It's true, I had to check the dictionary for the beautiful words Oliver Sacks used in his last book. He was such an eloquent gentleman, and one amazing writer, too!

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Cookierooks
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Thank goodness we evolved in the one with tea.

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Cookierooks
On the Move: A Life | Oliver Sacks
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On a Sacks binge lately.

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EllieDottie
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I read Sacks memoir about growing up in WWII England, Uncle Tungsten and really enjoyed it and immediately put this on my tbr! #autobiography #readjanuary

ValerieAndBooks I have both this and Uncle Tungsten in my TBR. Need to bump them up!! 3y
EllieDottie @ValerieAndBooks I loved Uncle Tungsten and this one is supposed to be better! 3y
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Gina
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Oliver Sacks just fascinates me.

Joybishoptx Me too 3y
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ariell
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I saw Oliver Sacks speak toward the end of his life while he was in poor health. So, it's particularly wonderful to read his memoir with focus on his young life as a doctor and as an adventure seeker. Digging so far...(even for a memoir skeptic like myself)

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silentrequiem
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Fascinating and engrossing memoirs by a remarkable man. I am ashamed it took his death for me to read one of his books, but happy that there are more for me to discover. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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silentrequiem
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This is a great road trip book to keep my mind off election results. Almost to Nashville now...

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BethE
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Listened to this on audiobook. Didn't care for it but listened to the whole thing. I wonder if it had to do w the narrator. It's a pretty dry recounting of his life but sticks more to the medical parts. When he would discuss his life and relationships it was much better. That's probably me. I'm not a math/science head at all so prefer the touchy feelyness.

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Tanner
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A pretty interesting read. I got bogged down in the science sometimes, but just sort of skimmed those parts.

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Chassie
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Portions of this were a little slow for me, but overall I found the story of Sacks's life, his varied interests, his relationships, his travel, and his relationship with reading and writing fascinating.

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sisilia
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When I grow up, I want to be Oliver Sacks.... That's what I thought when I read this book 😁

Readaholics Haha! Truth. Great cover 3y
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mindthebook
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Fellow book nerds, do you also have a kind of Cooling Off-shelf? It's an impromptu thing. A liminal zone where the books you've finished - especially the ones you found particularly compelling - will stay for a while before they are ready for the bookcase... 📚📚📚

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MrsDrYoder
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Only a few pages in and already hooked on Sacks' autobiographical book On The Move. 👍🏻

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MarthaG
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Expressing opinions about the chicken experiments.

MarthaG Finished the last chapter right before book group. I forgot to mention research failures. Oliver Sacks was a fascinating person, brilliant but not without flaws. I miss narrative in medical reports. 4y
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MarthaG
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Tuesday's book group book. Perfect for a rainy day readathon.

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ElizabethAndino
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The man is a legend