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Thus the disorder has not only shaped Handler's life, but has been the focus of most of his life's work. His account of his travels around the country with Sacks as they sought out Touretters is a warts-and-all picture of the noted author, whose peculiar sleeping habits and other idiosyncracies Handler is not averse to recording. He is even more forthright about his own problems, however, describing his search for relief through various drugs (Haldol, pimozide, and for a long time a combination of Prozac and marijuana), his difficult relationship with his brother, the end of his unhappy marriage, in which his pot-smoking lifestyle played no small part, andhis brief affair with an especially troubled young woman. With its disjointed structure and photographs that seem to have been flipped carelessly, even haphazardly, onto the page, this memoir has all the energy and twitchiness of Touretteþs Syndrome, which is probably exactly what Handler intended.
|Chapter 1.||Hitting the Road||1|
|Chapter 2.||Talk Isn't Cheap||16|
|Chapter 4.||Drugs and Orphan Drugs||48|
|Chapter 5.||Life and Leukemia||64|
|Chapter 6.||Jet Set Tourette||88|
|Chapter 7.||Pot and Prozac Love||114|
|Chapter 8.||Susanna and Marriage||128|
|Chapter 9.||Twitch and Shout||142|
|Chapter 10.||A Second Chance at Life||162|
|Chapter 11.||Tourette Culture||176|
|Chapter 12.||Crazy and Proud||188|
Posted November 14, 2002
Twitch and Shout by Lowell Handler is an autobiography of how he deals with Tourette Syndrome. Lowell grew up not knowing what was wrong with him and didn't discover until after his college life that he had the disease known today as Tourette Syndrome, or TS. This is a story to inspire people and to show others that even though life can be hard and confusing many times, there is still a way to figure it out and live a wonderful and happy life. At the time when Lowell was first attempting to discover what was wrong with him, he packed all of his personal belongings into his car and started to travel around the country. Through all of Lowell's travels he met many interesting people including others dealing with TS, to people with other disabilities such as not having any legs and getting around by means of a skateboard. Lowell met a woman whom he decided to marry, but then the relationship had to deal with many difficult issues. I recommend this book to anyone who has recently discovered that they have Tourette Syndrome and feel that they are the only one out there or are having trouble feeling like they can live their life in a meaningful way. Twitch and Shout is also a good book for anyone wanting a read that can help one to pay better attention to the little things in life and be more thankful for little details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.