Revertigo: An Off-kilter Memoir

Hardcover | March 17, 2014

byFloyd Skloot

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One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot’s account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form.
            This intimate memoir—tenuous, shifting, sometimes humorous—demonstrates Skloot’s considerable literary skill honed as an award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist, and poet. His recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt further musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of postvertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mother’s unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life’s phantasmagoric unpredictability.

Finalist, Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction, Oregon Book Awards

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One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot’s account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and a...

Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, essayist, poet, and novelist who lives in Portland, Oregon, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the recipient of many awards, including three Pushcart Prizes and the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. His writing has appeared in such distinguished magazines as the New York Times Magaz...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 17, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Prologue
 
Part One: O Wondrous Transformation!
1 Some Things Nearly So, Others Nearly Not: The King and I and Me
2 Senior Speech
3 Beep Beep
 
Part Two: On and Off the Page
4 Playing the Cock
5 The Bottom Shelf: On Novels I Keep Trying and Failing to Read
6 The Top Shelf: On Books I Need Beside Me
7 Something to Marvel At: Discovering Jules Verne at Sixty
 
Part Three: A Spinning World
8 The Side Effect of Side Effects
9 Revertigo
10 Sway Me Smooth: Soundtrack for an MRI of the Brain
11 Anniversary Fever
 
Part Four: Cartwheels on the Moon
12 Elliptical Journey
13 To Land’s End and Back: A 1,512-Mile Drive Around Southern England
14 The Famous Recipe 

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“Skloot’s memoir resembles Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, with his revisiting past experiences to make sense of those things that make no sense. . . . A lovely read, Revertigo’s story of acceptance creates a memoir to embrace.”—North American Review