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A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life.

In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."
Gratitude consists of four essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter. The foreword is written by Billy Hayes, Oliver Sacks's partner, and Kate Edgar, his long time collaborator.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:64 pages

    Gratitude Reviews

  • Petra Eggs
    Nov 29, 2015

    This is a very short book. I had read two of the essays before, this time I got the audio book and listened to them. Sometimes it is a different experience. Just four essays written by Oliver Sacks be...

  • Iris P
    Feb 22, 2016

    Short but profound reflections on life, aging and confronting sickness and the end of your life with dignity and grace.In an essay called "Mercury", Sacks reflects: "My father, who lived to 94, often ...

  • Elyse
    Apr 26, 2016

    I listened to this audio yesterday while in the woods. (a gift to the world, by Oliver Sacks)It felt so unflinchingly honest that it hurt.Oliver Sacks was a remarkably accomplished man --His gifts wer...

  • David
    Jun 16, 2016

    This is a set of four short, but beautiful and profound essays by Oliver Sacks. They are reflections on his life, after learning that he was terminally ill. I have read several of his books on neurolo...

  • Britany
    Apr 23, 2016

    Oliver Sacks pens these four essays over the span of a few years at different times during his battle with an eye melanoma that metastasized. Short and poignant, these essays really hit home. I can on...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    May 26, 2016

    5★Even if you’ve never read anything by neurologist Oliver Sacks, I bet you’ve seen the famous movie based on his book Awakenings, with Robin Williams as the Sacks character and Robert de Niro a...

  • MLE
    Dec 02, 2015

    A short collection of essays, but one that is beautifully written, and perfectly put together. I really appreciated his thoughts on aging, and on morality. It was heavy, but it didn't feel dark or opp...

  • Carol
    Feb 23, 2016

    A very moving audio. It made me want to hear more......

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Jun 17, 2016

    David read this recently and gave it a great big thumbs up, and it inspired me to pick it up also. It's a very small book and came cheap as an ebook, and I finished it easily one night before bed. It ...

  • Tony
    Jun 30, 2016

    It has been my lot to stand outside stores while family shops. It could be Venice or La Jolla or just back home. Doesn't matter. Leather coats are modeled; children's designer socks are awwwwwwwed at;...

About Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he wa