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Last Minute Gifts from the Oliver Sacks Oeuvre

Happy holidays! We hope you’re all taking time to rest and connect with loved ones. Every holiday season we try to recommend a few Oliver Sacks books that make great gifts for anyone who’s doing last minute shopping. This year we have a mix of well-known pillars and slightly lesser-known favorites.

Cover of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

This is actually an Oliver Sacks classic with a new twist. Shortly before his death, Oliver Sacks wrote an essay looking back on his seminal 1985 book. The essay gets into a lot of Oliver’s thoughts about the book over the years, and appears for the first time as the preface to this edition.

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Cover of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

This is actually an Oliver Sacks classic with a new twist. Shortly before his death, Oliver Sacks wrote an essay looking back on his seminal 1985 book. The essay gets into a lot of Oliver’s thoughts about the book over the years, and appears for the first time as the preface to this edition.

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The American Scholar described this book as “a Chopin mazurka recital of a book, fast, inventive and weirdly beautiful.” In it, Dr. Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us. He explores a range of psychological and physiological ailments and their intriguing connections to music.

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Cover of Musicophilia
Cover of Musicophilia

The American Scholar described this book as “a Chopin mazurka recital of a book, fast, inventive and weirdly beautiful.” In it, Dr. Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us. He explores a range of psychological and physiological ailments and their intriguing connections to music.

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Cover of Hallucinations

Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences with hallucinogenics to show how hallucinations have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and question the hard line we draw between “hallucinations” and “reality”.

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Cover of Hallucinations

Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences with hallucinogenics to show how hallucinations have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and question the hard line we draw between “hallucinations” and “reality”.

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Reflections on what it means to live a good and worthwhile life. One of our holiday favorites every year. These four essays–which went viral when first published in the New York Times–form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being.

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Cover of Gratitude
Cover of Gratitude

Reflections on what it means to live a good and worthwhile life. One of our holiday favorites every year. These four essays–which went viral when first published in the New York Times–form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being.

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We hope there’s something here for anyone left on your list.

Wishing you the peace of nature and the warmth of friends during this holiday season,

The Sacks Team

Photo of Oliver Sacks by Bill Hayes