Janet Sternburg is a writer of memoir, essays, poetry, and plays, as well as a fine-art photographer. She lives and works in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
This is a unique book. The writing is beautiful, the observations refined, the subject gripping.
- Antonio Damasio
- Descartes’ Error and Self Comes to Mind
White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine is the story of a close-knit working-class Bostonian Jewish family of five sisters and one brother and the impact they and their next generation endured due to the popularization of lobotomy during the twentieth century. When Janet Sternburg’s...Forward
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In 1949, Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for “one of the most important discoveries ever made in psychiatric therapy.” The discovery was that surgically...Forward
“This is the story of a family who made mistakes,” begins White Matter, a beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking new book by poet, memoirist, and photographer Janet Sternburg,...Forward
Two new books about Rosemary Kennedy, the lobotomized daughter of the Kennedy family, have been published in recent weeks, one by the niece of Rosemary’s caretaker, the other by an historian. The...Forward
“As she did in her previous memoir Phantom Limb, Sternburg uses all the skills at her disposal, the sensitivity, precision, and lyricism of a poet, the hard edges of a photographer, the...Forward
“Sternburg’s writing is incisive, and she deeply explores the boundaries that were unjustly crossed by family members in the name of love… A vivid and melancholy exploration into the mental...Forward
It was my cousin on the phone. The call I yearned for, and dreaded.
Yearned with that vulnerability of memoirists when praise is heard not simply for one’s book but also as a response to an...Forward
I’m going to get straight to it with this interview that I did a few weeks ago with Janet Sternburg. White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine publishes next week on September 15, and I feel very...Forward