Books, magazines, pamphlets, & catalogs

Things you can read to learn more strokes, the brain, and your recovery


  • Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery 2nd. ed. (practical yet inspirational)
  • Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery 1st ed.
  • Stroke for Dummies  (silly title, good content):
  • Living with Stroke: A Guide for Families (recommended):

  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (an idiosyncratic, personal story):

  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (readable and fascinating, about how the brain can recover from stokes -- and much more):

  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (same topic as above, but a lot drier):

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (the classic about the brain foibles):

  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (more medical tales about the brain; very interesting):
  • A 42-page Stroke Caregivers Handbook is downloadable for free in PDF format. For text-only versions of individual chapters (no pictures or special formatting), click here.
  • HOPE: The Stroke Recovery Guide is an excellent 65-pg booklet from the National Stoke Assoc. You can download it in PDF format.
  • A 17-page Recovering After a Stroke: A Patient and Family Guide offers practical advice and information on a wide range of topics (download it for free in PDF format).
  • The National Stroke Association has over a dozen factsheets on stroke recovery that you can download for free in PDF format or in Word format.
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has a very good 116-page book that covers all the basics of living with stroke called Your stroke journey.