Where Is the Mango Princess? by Cathy Crimmins

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Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.

When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the person he has become. No longer the man who loved obscure Japanese cinema and wry humor, Crimmins' husband has emerged from the accident a childlike and unpredictable replica of his former self with a short attention span and a penchant for inane cartoons. Where Is the Mango Princess? is a breathtaking account that explores the very nature of personality-and the complexities of the heart.

About Cathy Crimmins

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Cathy Crimmins lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania.
Published February 22, 2012 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Crimmins details the toll the accident and Alan’s recovery took on her and Kelly, as well as the enormous adjustment required as Alan improved and was able to work again (although he would never be the man he was before the accident).

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Although it was frightening when Crimmins's husband, Alan, an attorney, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on a family vacation, it was his long-term rehabilitation that proved most daunting, for brain injuries can cause significant personality changes.

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Crimmins, with her clarity and simplicity of style, talks to her readers as if they are her pals, gossiping on the phone, being let in on all the scary and sometimes hilarious situations that rise out of the trauma.

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