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The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

book | Non-Fiction | Jan 2020
US & Canada → Doubleday (Ed. Kristine Puopolo)
UK & Comm → Fleet Press (Ed. Ursula Doyle)

The funny, defiant memoir of Sarah Ramey's years-long battle with a mysterious illness that doctors thought was all in her head, but wasn't. A revelation and an inspiration for millions of women whose legitimate health complaints are ignored.

In her darkly funny and courageous memoir, Sarah Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her senior year of college turned into a prolonged and elusive condition that destroyed her health but that doctors couldn't diagnose or treat. Worse, as they failed to cure her, they hinted that her problems were all in her head.

The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness  is a memoir with a mission: to help the millions of (mostly) women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions: autoimmune illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain, and many more. Sarah's pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a page-turning medical mystery that reveals a newly emerging understanding of modern illnesses as ecological in nature. Her book will open eyes, change lives, and ultimately change medicine.


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btb/Random House Verlag

Sarah Ramey is a person of uncommon wit, bravery, compassion, honesty, and intellect. Every one of those qualities in on fully display in this unflinching, important, and stunningly written memoir, which gives voice to millions of women whose experiences and pain have been ignored and minimized.

Ed Yong

A visceral, scathing, erudite read that digs deep into how modern medicine continues to fail women and what can be done about it.

Booklist (starred review)

This book is funny, instructive, shocking, and for those that have experienced health issues with no diagnosis, I can only imagine what a massive comfort this book could be [...] Ramey is a good writer and manages to bring both levity and humor to the dark side of medicine’s biases.

Amazon Book Review

This is a book for anyone who has ever asked a question that didn’t have an immediate or easy answer, anyone who has worried about themselves or a loved one who isn’t getting better [...] a terrific read for anyone interested in their health, our healthcare system or just in a great, well-written book.

Chelsea Clinton
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Impassioned testimony of a fight for health.

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'By making THE LADY'S HANDBOOK OF HER MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS so smart, funny, and engaging, Sarah Ramey has found a way to turn live-saving medicine into a delicious read. I've given this book to so many people and they've all come back with overwhelming gratitude.'

Ann Patchett

In this illuminating debut memoir, musician Ramey offers an account of a mysterious illness that plagued her for more than a decade [...] Ramey’s uncanny grit and fortitude will deeply inspire the multitudes facing similar issues.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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