Oliver Sacks with Bill Hayes

Insomniac City

We at the Sacks office are thrilled to share with you some advance praise for Bill Hayes’s gorgeous memoir of his life with Oliver Sacks, Insomniac City, whose official publication date is Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017. The book is available for pre-order now.


Joyce Carol Oates writes: “Insomniac City is a beautiful memoir in which Oliver Sacks comes wonderfully to life–a double portrait that also provides a vivid picture of New York City’s neighborhoods and people. The ending is exquisitely wrought, heartrending and joyous.”

Bill Hayes will be doing readings and book signings in a number of cities, including New York, Washington DC, Berkeley, Seattle, San Francisco, Danville, London, Dublin, and Sydney. For dates and details, visit billhayes.com.

“A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation.”
–Anne Lamott, author of  Operating Instructions and  Bird by Bird

“I loved every single sentence in this quiet night-book, erotic and evocative, at once.”
–Terry Tempest Williams, author of  The Hour of Land

“A heartbreakingly gorgeous story of love and loss.”
–Azar Nafisi, author of  Reading Lolita in Tehran

“An intimate and sharply drawn portrait of one of the giants of science. This is a rare book.”
–Jad Abumrad, co-host of  RadioLab

This is a book to cherish and reread, as well as a beautiful gift for someone you love on Valentine’s Day.