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Oliver Sacks
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Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of twelve books, including The Mind's Eye, Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine.

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An Anthropologist On Mars
Seven Paradoxical Tales
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 1996
Price: $15.95

Here are seven detailed and fascinating portraits of neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an... Read more >

An Anthropologist on Mars
Seven Paradoxical Tales
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Awakenings

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.95

Awakenings is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which... Read more >
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Awakenings

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Hallucinations

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.95

To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. These sensory distortions range from the shimmering zigzags of a visual migraine to powerful visions brought on by fever, injuries, drugs, sensory deprivation, exhaustion, or even grief. Hallucinations doubtless lie behind many mythological... Read more >

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Hallucinations

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $26.95

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may... Read more >

Hallucinations

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Island of the Colorblind

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Island of the Colorblind

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $15.95

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace.

Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll... Read more >
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Migraine

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.95

The many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny... Read more >
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Migraine

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Mind's Eye

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.00

With compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can... Read more >

The Mind's Eye

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $13.99

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The Mind's Eye

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $27.00

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Musicophilia
Tales of Music and the Brain
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $16.95

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much... Read more >

Musicophilia

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Oaxaca Journal

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $14.95

Since childhood, Oliver Sacks has been fascinated by ferns: an ancient class of plants able to survive and adapt in many climates. Along with a delightful group of fellow fern aficionados—mathematicians, poets, artists, and assorted botanists and birders—he embarks on an exploration of Southern Mexico, a region that is also rich... Read more >
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Oaxaca Journal

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Seeing Voices

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00

Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Seeing Voices

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Uncle Tungsten
Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.95

From his earliest days, Oliver Sacks, the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time, was irresistibly drawn to understanding the natural world. Born into a large family of doctors, metallurgists, chemists, physicists, and teachers, his curiosity was encouraged and abetted by aunts, uncles, parents... Read more >

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Vintage Sacks

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $10.95

“It is Dr. Sacks’s gift that he has found a way to enlarge our experience and understanding of what the human is.” —The Wall Street Journal

Oliver Sacks’s empathetic understanding and compelling storytelling ability have turned his accounts of his patients and his own life into literature, as evidenced in “Uncle Tungsten,”... Read more >
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Vintage Sacks

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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