I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O'Farrell.

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    • Publication Information:
      First American & Canadian edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
    • Content Notes:
      Neck (1990) -- Lungs (1988) -- Spine, legs, pelvis, abdomen, head (1977) -- Whole body (1993) -- Neck (2002) -- Abdomen (2003) -- Baby and bloodstream (2005) -- Lungs (2000) -- Head (1975) -- Cranium (1998) -- Intestines (1994) -- Bloodstream (1997) -- Cause unknown (2003) -- Lungs (2010) -- Cerebellum (1980) -- Daughter (the present day).
    • Notes:
      Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Tinder Press, 2017.
    • ISBN:
      9780525520221
      0525520228
    • Accession Number:
      2017028597
    • Accession Number:
      ocn999400815
      999400815
    • Accession Number:
      fay.558095
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      O’FARRELL, M. I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death. [s.l.] : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      O’Farrell M. I Am, I Am, I Am : Seventeen Brushes with Death. Alfred A. Knopf; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095. Accessed August 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      O’Farrell, M. (2018). I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death. Alfred A. Knopf. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      O’Farrell, Maggie. 2018. I Am, I Am, I Am : Seventeen Brushes with Death. Alfred A. Knopf. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095.
    • Harvard:
      O’Farrell, M. (2018) I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death. Alfred A. Knopf. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095 (Accessed: 18 August 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      O’Farrell, M 2018, I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death, Alfred A. Knopf, viewed 18 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      O’Farrell, Maggie. I Am, I Am, I Am : Seventeen Brushes with Death. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      O’Farrell, Maggie. I Am, I Am, I Am : Seventeen Brushes with Death. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      O’Farrell M. I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death [Internet]. Alfred A. Knopf; 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.558095

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1

*Starred Review* Irish-born, Edinburgh-based O'Farrell, the author of seven ensnaring novels, including This Must Be the Place (2016), recounts events that seem more imagined than real in this gripping, episodic memoir. In 17 essays that jump back and forth in time, each titled with the name of an endangered body part, O'Farrell recounts, with peerlessly matter-of-fact lucidity, 17 nearly fatal events. She begins with "Neck (1990)," in which, at 18, she is confronted by a dangerous man on a hiking path. In "Lungs (1988)," she leaps, in the dark, off a harbor wall into the sea and nearly drowns. It is here that she seeds our curiosity by noting that a childhood illness resulted in neurological damage that initially landed her in a wheelchair and that continues to undermine her movement and balance. Yet cautious she's never been. Her astounding "brushes with death" chronicle continues with a barely averted plane crash, other near-drownings and terrifying encounters with violent men, participation in a circus act with a blindfolded knife-thrower, and a nearly fatal C-section. O'Farrell finally tells the full, harrowing, strangely beautiful story of her battle with encephalitis, only to then reveal her daughter's severe immune disorder. O'Farrell's intrepidness and determination are awe-inspiring, her experiences overwhelming, and her writing impeccable. This is a memoiristic tour de force. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 September #2

British novelist O'Farrell has won the Betty Trask, Somerset Maugham, and Costa Novel awards, so expect this memoir to grip you down to your fingertips, and that's not just a guess; the Guardian calls it extraordinary. Her brushes with death range from battling childhood encephalitis to encountering a dangerous man on a mountain path. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews Newsletter

This memoir will make readers look more closely at the danger they've brushed up against in their lives. British novelist O'Farrell (This Must Be the Place; Instructions for a Heat Wave) explores episodes in which she came close to death: a near-drowning, an encounter with a murderer on a deserted hiking trail, dysentery, meningitis, close calls during surgeries, to name a few. With each chapter, the author reveals more of her experiences, including parenting a daughter with multiple and severe allergies. Though not expressly addressed to her daughter, O'Farrell's book serves to show her (and readers) that we are not alone in our clashes with fate. In confronting her own mortality, she proves that she isn't isolated in these frightening moments, but instead resilient and courageous. VERDICT A heartfelt meditation on the fragility and wonder of life, O'Farrell's work emphasizes the body's desire to fight for survival, even as it encounters challenges from all sides. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.] (c) Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

This memoir will make readers look more closely at the danger they've brushed up against in their lives. British novelist O'Farrell (This Must Be the Place; Instructions for a Heat Wave) explores episodes in which she came close to death: a near drowning, an encounter with a murderer on a deserted hiking trail, dysentery, meningitis, close calls during surgeries, to name a few. With each chapter, the author reveals more of her experiences, including parenting a daughter with multiple and severe allergies. Though not expressly addressed to her daughter, O'Farrell's book serves to show her (and readers) that we are not alone in our clashes with fate. In confronting her own mortality, she proves that she isn't isolated in these frightening moments, but instead resilient and courageous. VERDICT A heartfelt meditation on the fragility and wonder of life, O'Farrell's work emphasizes the body's desire to fight for survival, even as it takes on challenges from all sides. (Memoir, 12/13/17)—RD

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 November #2

British author O'Farrell (This Must Be the Place) has woven together a stunning collection of vignettes about near-death experiences in her life. She begins with a chilling tale of encountering a lone stranger during a hike up a mountain, who she later learns, after talking with the police, is a killer. Each story strikes a different tone, from the somber to the comedic. In "Lungs" she tells of taking a perilous dive off a cliff into the sea and nearly drowning when she was a teen desperate for adventure in a small Scottish seaside town in the late 1980s. Regarding these encounters with death, she writes, "They will take up residence inside you and become part of who you are, like a heart stent or a pin that holds together a broken bone." Her most dramatic examination of the precipice between life and death is when she writes about her children. In a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful, she tells of her daughter's diagnosis with an immunological disorder, which left O'Farrell contemplating life's fragility. O'Farrell's recollections of her brushes with death are fascinating and thought-provoking. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.