Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance

Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance

In this inspirational and moving memoir—reminiscent of When Breath Becomes Air and The Bright Hour—activist Ady Barkan explores his life with ALS and how his diagnosis gave him a profound new understanding of his commitment to social justice for all. Ady Barkan loved taking afternoon runs on the California coast and holding his newborn son, Carl. But one day, he noticed a...

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  • Sarah

    Ever since I've been aware of Ady Barkan, I've really admired his story and the way he has passionately devoted himself to activism in the face of his own debilitating illness. This book starts with Ady's devastating diagnosis of ALS, just several months after he and his wife Rachael welcomed their first child, Carl. The book follows the progression of his disease, as he loses most of ability to move or speak over the next 2.5 years, but at the same time he finds ways to use his disease as a too

    Ever since I've been aware of Ady Barkan, I've really admired his story and the way he has passionately devoted himself to activism in the face of his own debilitating illness. This book starts with Ady's devastating diagnosis of ALS, just several months after he and his wife Rachael welcomed their first child, Carl. The book follows the progression of his disease, as he loses most of ability to move or speak over the next 2.5 years, but at the same time he finds ways to use his disease as a tool for activism and to fight for progressive policies. We also get a look back at the most important parts of his pre-disease activism, which make it clear that Ady was always someone who had a passion for working to ensure a better life for everyone. His ALS, however, made that fight all the more urgent and poignant.

    I can't say enough good things about this book and about Ady. I am in awe of his passion and activism, and it turns out he's also a really good writer. This memoir is candid and vulnerable and funny, and conveys both his deep sorrow and a seed of hope for our collective future. It's hard to read sometimes. What happened to him, like so many things that happen every day, is deeply unfair and painful. And despite his deep commitment to the cause, he doesn't always win the fights he engages in. Candidates he campaigned for lost, Kavanaugh got confirmed, and our democracy is still in trouble. But Ady is never afraid to get caught trying and he still believes his work is moving us toward a better place. So much feels so grim right now, and I desperately hope he's right. He made me think a lot about what I can contribute to the world as well.

    There's so much more I could say about this book, but I think I will just say READ IT! Highly recommend the audiobook--Bradley Whitford's narration is an excellent vehicle for Ady's story.

  • Jodie

    Ady Barkan is a lawyer and political activist who felt in 2016 at the age of 32 that life couldn't get any better. He and his wife Rachael had professional careers that they loved and a newborn son, Carl. But then came Ady's inconceivable diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), a disease which causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Barkan learns that while each patient has their own disease trajectory, most ALS patients will die within 3-4 years. This book articulates Barkan

    Ady Barkan is a lawyer and political activist who felt in 2016 at the age of 32 that life couldn't get any better. He and his wife Rachael had professional careers that they loved and a newborn son, Carl. But then came Ady's inconceivable diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), a disease which causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Barkan learns that while each patient has their own disease trajectory, most ALS patients will die within 3-4 years. This book articulates Barkan's journey: an extraordinary man with an exceptional career.

    Throughout the book, Barkan provides an articulate, meaningful and thought-provoking description of his life leading up to his diagnosis and the time since. He imparts the obvious grief and panic felt with a diagnosis of a terminal illness, and provides intense insight into the challenges of dealing with a life where additional loss is felt weekly. Despite the ramifications of ALS, Barkan continues his work as a political activist fighting against the political changes turning back the clock on American democracy. The achievements of Barkan, especially in the context of his terminal illness, are inspirational, motivating and memorable.

    This is one of those books which will stay in my heart for the rest of my life.

    I wish to thank Netgalley and Atria books for the opportunity to read this memorable book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mike Baudistel

    This will stick with me for the rest of my life. Ady Barkan has in so many ways captured what it means to be human. Although I knew of his story and had heard him speak about his ALS before, to read about the intimate details of his diagnosis, the progression of the disease, how it has affected his body, his marriage, and his relationship with his son Carl was at times almost too heartbreaking to continue reading. More than once I found myself putting the book down to wipe the tears from my eyes

    This will stick with me for the rest of my life. Ady Barkan has in so many ways captured what it means to be human. Although I knew of his story and had heard him speak about his ALS before, to read about the intimate details of his diagnosis, the progression of the disease, how it has affected his body, his marriage, and his relationship with his son Carl was at times almost too heartbreaking to continue reading. More than once I found myself putting the book down to wipe the tears from my eyes as I thought about how I might handle being dealt the cards that Ady has. But then comes the hope, Ady's hope, his understanding that while he cannot change his ALS, he can use the time he has left to enact real change on the world around him, to fight back against the injustice and the inequality that has become normalized in our society.

    This book is a force of pure power, love, and will against what at times feels like crushing darkness. I hold out the hope that medical advancements might someday save Ady, offer him some relief, or at the very least offer him some more time. But I know that if this terrible disease does take his life, it won't take his spirit. That will continue to live on in everyone that his words have touched. Ady Barkan is an America Hero!

  • Derek Lynch

    This memoir was painful and raw and beautiful. The way Ady connects his ALS diagnosis to the purpose and power of his work is truly inspirational.

  • Jen Juenke

    I had seen a news story on Ady a few months ago. I can't even recall what news program it was for. I just knew that I wanted to learn more about Ady.

    Then I saw this book and decided to give it a read.

    I was not disappointed with reading this book. Ady has a passion and a drive that is hard to find in anyone alive. Yet even with ALS, Ady continues to fight for what he believes in.

    The book was pretty standard in its layout....one chapter focusing on activism and the next chapter on ALS.

    My real crit

    I had seen a news story on Ady a few months ago. I can't even recall what news program it was for. I just knew that I wanted to learn more about Ady.

    Then I saw this book and decided to give it a read.

    I was not disappointed with reading this book. Ady has a passion and a drive that is hard to find in anyone alive. Yet even with ALS, Ady continues to fight for what he believes in.

    The book was pretty standard in its layout....one chapter focusing on activism and the next chapter on ALS.

    My real critism is from the middle of the book.

    There was no clear cut idea on whether this was an activist chapter or an ALS chapter. I couldn't get a feel for if the ALS had already struck or not when he went to Wyoming to confront the Fed people.

    The other thing is the amount of names in the book.

    My eyes would blur over when he started naming names. I did not care who he ran into or who was leading what charge.

    I cared about his story, his fight, his beliefs.

    Other then the middle of the book, this is a top notch memoir and made me realize that I can do more then just VOTE, if Ady can go to protests, darn it, I can too!

  • Glady

    I received a free ARC of

    from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Prior to reading this memoir, I knew of Ady Barkan based on his work during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As a Maine resident, I watched closely as Sen. Susan Collins pondered her vote for the Supreme Court Justice, hoping that she retained some shred of principle and would thus cast a negative vote. Barkan and his colleagues worked tirelessly to convince Collins and others that Kavanaugh was not a

    I received a free ARC of

    from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Prior to reading this memoir, I knew of Ady Barkan based on his work during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As a Maine resident, I watched closely as Sen. Susan Collins pondered her vote for the Supreme Court Justice, hoping that she retained some shred of principle and would thus cast a negative vote. Barkan and his colleagues worked tirelessly to convince Collins and others that Kavanaugh was not a fit choice. Their fundraising campaign for a candidate to run against Collins if she voted for Kavanaugh made lots of news here and clearly indicated that there would be no political cover for such an anti-woman vote. Although Kavanaugh was ultimately supported by Collins and did get seated on the Supreme Court, Barkan's work is a testament that losing the battle doesn't mean that you don't keep fighting.

    Barkan's memoir as a democratic activist is always tempered by his early onset diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). In his early thirties, this cruel diagnosis means that every dream, every passion, every moment with his young family will be cut short and the remaining days will be fraught with physical difficulty and emotional turmoil. Barkan manages to infuse readers with his passion for a more democratic, more just country even as he struggles with his body's decline. Self-pity is momentary as Barkan, his family, and his colleagues continue to fight for those far less fortunate than they.

    Much of this memoir entails organizing principles and methods that Barkan and his various political groups developed and utilized within the current political climate. At times the methodology for activism is redundant; what is not redundant, however, is how Barkan's colleagues and friends gave of themselves to be there for him, both physically and emotionally, as he struggles with his disease. Their powerful commitment to a dying friend is the true testament of this man's character and humanity.

    #NetGalley #EyestotheWind #AdyBarkan

  • Isabelle

    After enjoying both When Breath Becomes Air and Chasing My Cure, I was excited to pic up Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan. I had a rather slow start with the first half but really felt like his story-telling abilities improved throughout the second half. Based on the description of the book, I expected to read more about his fight with ALS but the majority of the book was about his political activist life, which is very fascinating nonetheless. Before picking up this book, I didn't even think abou

    After enjoying both When Breath Becomes Air and Chasing My Cure, I was excited to pic up Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan. I had a rather slow start with the first half but really felt like his story-telling abilities improved throughout the second half. Based on the description of the book, I expected to read more about his fight with ALS but the majority of the book was about his political activist life, which is very fascinating nonetheless. Before picking up this book, I didn't even think about the fact that his story would be about all the happenings of the last couple of years but it was fascinating to read about his inside views of movements that many of us have only seen on social media and tv. While I would have liked to read more about his personal life, I still am grateful that I was able to read his story and wish him the best.

  • Abbie Olson

    Love Ady. Love Pod Save America. Loved the Bradley Whitford narration of the audiobook.

  • Moira

    Ady is a contributor to one of my favorite podcasts. When the host of the pod guarantees you’ll like the book or he will personally refund you if you don’t it’s obviously something worth checking out. His story could be sad, and while it is an emotional roller coaster it’s rather beautiful. His continued activism is awe inspiring and makes me admire him even more. Ady has an amazing life and I hope he gets to make many memories with his family.

  • Jo

    Heart wrenching, beautiful, educational, motivational, all of these words describe Ady's book. It's an activists book, a book on family, on death, on dying, on living. It's an intimate glance into a 32 year old professional, husband, father with a diagnosis of ALS. The choices one makes when faced with certain death and the uncomfortable 'progression' of what that decline into death looks like. I truly enjoyed the book.

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