Books Susannah Cahalan Books by Susannah Cahalan Susannah Cahalan has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Susannah Cahalan New In Paperback Aug. 5-11: Sleep, Madness And Wild West Mythology August 5, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, David Randall examines the science of sleep, and Susannah Cahalan falls prey to a mysterious disease. In fiction, Claire Vaye Watkins explores the American West, and Ivan Doig looks at a single dad whose world is upended. Susannah Cahalan is a reporter and book reviewer at the New York Post. Julie Stapen/Free Press hide caption toggle caption Julie Stapen/Free Press The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books A Young Reporter Recounts Her Descent Into Madness Fresh Air November 14, 2012 In her memoir, Susannah Cahalan writes about the month she descended into madness, experiencing seizures, paranoia, psychosis and catatonia. At first, her family was frightened, and her doctors, baffled. The eventual prognosis? A rare autoimmune disease that was attacking her brain. A Young Reporter Chronicles Her 'Brain On Fire' Listen · 33:06 33:06 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/165115921/165142175" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Free Press Review Book Reviews 'Brain On Fire' Details An Out-Of-Mind Experience November 14, 2012 In 2009, New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan was hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disorder. After recovering, she remembered almost nothing about the ordeal, so she decided to find out what happened. Her new book provides a remarkable reconstruction of the events of her sickness.