The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir

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My second Sarah Manguso book in a few weeks (previously Ongoingness), although that is no great feat with her slender books that are consumed within an hour. This was her 2009 exploration of a rare disease that has been affecting her since 1995, an autoimmune disease called CIDP. Each section is a tiny snippet, a brief but vivid memory of doctors and waiting rooms and hospitals and steroid side-effects. She latches onto the belief that she’s slept with too few people, and that adding one more to her list would give her some sort of boost, getting down to business with a friend, Victor, who ends up dying of an aneurysm seven years later while she’s still kicking.