Reviews

“A captivating, deeply authentic memoir of a devastating illness and a heroic recovery. Maria Ross’ memoir Rebooting My Brain is a testament to one woman’s personal courage and a reminder that health is a tenuous treasure.”

­–Carol Cassella, best-selling author of Oxygen and Healer

“Maria Ross weaves a tale of inspiration, love and hope about an active woman reclaiming her life after an unexpected crisis. Her humorous and honest voice leaps off the page and makes you feel as if you’re talking to her over coffee, even when she’s describing medical procedures. This is a must-read for anyone who’s ever had the rug pulled out from under them, not just brain injury survivors and their families.”

–Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

Rebooting My Brain is a deeply moving account of Maria Ross’s brain aneurysm and her struggle to come to terms with it. She has written a memoir full of humor, grace, and hope, making it clear such a devastating injury can be overcome and can even serve as a means of discovering what is truly important in this life.”

–Nick O’Connell, author of On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature and founder of TheWritersWorkshop.net.

“Rebooting My Brain is an inspirational memoir about the human capacity to recover—and thrive—after a devastating crisis.  Maria Ross tells a moving tale that reminds us not to take anything in our lives for granted, especially those we love.”

–Emma Carr, author of London Falling

“The vivacious memoir writer was a marketing and business-branding consultant before her brain exploded. Just like there are no atheists in the foxhole, we can say there are no folks who don’t examine their lives after they almost lose it.

I believe the book is valuable for several reasons. First, Ross is not a professional writer. She doesn’t lie or fictionalize. Her experiences strike me as authentic, compared to many other memoirs. She truly writes with unabashed candor.

The post-aneurysm months were excruciating, but with tremendous spirit (perhaps that perky marketing optimism helps) we root for her. She’s humorous and honest and even describes her myriad of medical procedures as if she’s talking about her dog, who figures prominently in her recovery. Her reflections on the tenuous, and even frivolous, nature of health are touching. It’s all random. And it doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe.

A year and half after almost dying, she decided to write a book. Now she’s “back” to her life and even admits she’s back on the “hamster wheel,” but perhaps with more philosophical reflection focusing on quality more than quantity.”

­–San Francisco Book Review (Portland Book Review)

“Tragedy can quickly turn to opportunity. “Rebooting my Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life” is a memoir from Maria Ross, as she reflects on how a sudden aneurysm gave her time to put her life together and realize what she really should be working towards, facing temporary blindness, the quirky ways she recovered. With a positive message that speaks loudly, “Rebooting my Brain” is a fine read that shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone seeking recovery-oriented memoirs.”

Midwest Book Review

Rebooting My Brain is a story about the devastating strike of illness and its effects. What is so moving about Ross’ account is that, though she follows a traditional route, she makes the story her own, and gives it generously to her readers.”

Indie Reader

“Maria Ross is a courageous and amazing woman who has turned her determination to return to a vital and meaningful life after a ruptured brain aneurysm into a mission to help others. She tells her wonderful story with humor, insight and profound understanding of what is truly valuable in a life well-lived in Rebooting My Brain. I highly recommend it as inspiring reading and as an intimate way to learn about this very common life-threatening condition.”

–Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, Psy.D. Founder of WomenSpeak.com and WomenConnect4Good Foundation, Inc. Keynote Speaker and Author of Timeless Women Speak: Feeling Youthful