Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
"A testament to the power of creativity in language, lifeâ€”and love." â€”Heller McAlpin, Washington Post
It is a truism that lovers have their own language. And the love storyâ€”extending over more than forty yearsâ€”of acclaimed writers Diane Ackerman and Paul West is equally a story of the love of language and its mysteries. In this heart-warming, uplifting memoir, Ackerman explores the brainâ€™s ability to find and connect wordsâ€”and of the latest science behind what happens when it fails to do so. Exposing both the terror of losing language and the giddy exhilaration of its recovery, Ackerman opens a window into the experience of wordlessness and testifies to the joyous necessity of wordplay for the health of both mind and spirit.