Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic
By Nora Gallagher
A medical mystery, a spiritual crisis, a riveting memoir
This taut yet lyrical memoir tells the author's experience with a baffling illness poised to take her sight, and gives us as well a deeply felt meditation on our physical and spiritual vulnerability.
A map of illness, uncertainty, and faith that is both meditative and highly relatable for anyone who has experienced life-threatening illness or supported a loved one who has.
Watch Nora Gallagher:
- Hear a Wisconsin Public Radio interview: the thoughtful, intelligent, Joy Cardin, interviews Nora Gallagher http://www.wpr.org/shows/entering-country-illness
- Hear an excellent Levesque interview, a rare, brilliant interviewer: http://podroom.a2zen.fm/media/illness-discontinuity-with-nora-gallagher-on-healt
- Hear Minnesota Public Radio interview on faith, Mayo and efficiency
- "I bought this book to help the two of us cope with the emotional whirlpool we are experiencing. We were immediately immersed into Gallager's eerily familiar world . . ." — Read More of this Amazon Review
- An interview with the great Janeane Bernstein
- The Source: Moonlight Sonata At The Mayo Clinic — Texas Public Radio
- The patients point of view, Jeff Schechtman's "Specific Gravity"
- Nora Gallagher, has a fabulous new book out, Moonlight Sonata at Mayo Clinic. Everything she writes is fabulous--brilliant, tender, soulful — Anne Lamott
- Spiritual writer finds new faith amid illness — Santa Fe New Mexican
- Nora on West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson (scroll down the page and click on West Coast Live to play)
- Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
- Hear Nora Gallagher at Grace Cathedral, Recent Sermons and Forums
- "Although this book at its core deals with a complex subject, readers need not expect a tome filled with dry writing liberally sprinkled with medical jargon and technical test results. Rather, Ms. Gallagher utilizes the best of lyrical writing to chronicle her life, family, career path, and religious practices. Sentences likes 'We went to New York for the rivers of words' will invite readers in and hold their attention throughout the story." —New York Journal of Books
- Forum and sermon on vulnerability, "The Break in the Narrative," at the Washington National Cathedral.
- Nora Gallagher On Dealing With A Mystery Disease — The Daily Beast
- ". . . a beautifully rendered portrait of the frailty of the human condition." — Starred review, Shelf Awareness
- Our colleague Nora Gallagher just finished her latest book, Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. So proud of her — Patagonia (@patagonia)
- "I love all of Nora Gallagher's books. She's everything I love—smart, searching, vulnerable, faithful, doubting, deeply real and a beautiful writer." — Anne Lamott
- "In Moonlight Sonata, terrified that she will lose her life—or everything that gives it meaning—Gallagher radically redefines what faith means to her. Anyone who has experienced serious illness will appreciate her journey." — Christian Century
- "Nora Gallagher is perfect company, both witty and deep, and she describes . . . spiritual life with absolute accuracy." — Annie Dillard, author of “A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”
- "Life-changing moments take place on seemingly ordinary days when we least expect it. That is one of the many lessons writer Gallagher shares in this compelling memoir of the time she spent in what she calls the Land of Oz." — June Sawyers, Booklist
- "Gallagher . . . finds the humble, bracing imperative to live in the present. 'Task: to be where I am.'" — Publishers Weekly