The Invisible Kingdom, by Meghan O'Rourke

Staff Pick

Writer and critic Meghan O’Rourke is uniquely suited to write a testimonial about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. In The Invisible Kingdom: Living with Chronic Illness, she recounts the onset of mysterious autoimmune disorders when she was a young woman and the misdiagnoses and imprecise treatments that followed. O’Rourke bravely takes the reader through the array of health problems that left her demoralized and incapacitated, and led to assumptions among her doctors that her illness was due to anxiety, depression, or emotional instability. Relying on her skill as a writer, O’Rourke delivers her story with a message: There are no neat solutions for her or the tens of millions of Americans suffering from auto-immune diseases that doctors routinely ignore or don’t understand. These patients must endure a health care system too specialized and frazzled to find answers to illnesses that require holistic, integrated approaches to diagnoses and treatment. It is no surprise that O’Rourke’s book was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award. Deservedly so. 


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ISBN: 9781594633799
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022