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"Trouble In Mind" advance copy has arrived!

I recently received an advance copy of my new book, Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook which has a release date in the USA of February 2nd, 2012. It looks great, although somewhat thicker than I intended when I began writing! The image on the front cover, according to my daughter, makes it look like a tramping book ("tramping" being the NZ term for "hiking"). This photo of mine, of one of the many lovely walks in New Zealand's South Island, reminded me of a wonderful cartoon in my book from the Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig, called "How to Get There." I have often given this cartoon to patients who are struggling with long, slow, hard rehabilitation following a head injury or stroke. The message it conveys is that the way to get there is to keep on walking, one step at a time, stopping to rest and look at the view whenever you feel tired or downhearted. So the photo on the cover seemed to me to convey a similar "pathway to recovery."

The book's back cover is full of very nice “advance praise” quotes from many giants in the neuropsychology and medical fields as well as from some of my favorite novelists and writers of case study-type books for the general reader.

Seeing the book for pre-order on Amazon.com adds to the reality—at last it is truly FINISHED! The baby is born. Holding this baby for the first time doesn’t have quite the same impact as my very first book did, but it is still a good moment. Now all I can do is cross my fingers and hope that it reaches the lay audience I would like it to reach and that they enjoy it. It is also going to be marketed as a student text. I see it as a text for undergraduates rather than for advanced students who may continue to find Fractured Minds a more useful text. So if you do read Trouble In Mind, I’d love to read your comments here or via my Guestbook or Contact page.

And now we are off to the wild West Coast of the South Island to spend 10 days with my daughter and her family, including her real new baby, just 12 weeks old and infinitely more precious than any mere book!
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