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 troubling weakness in his hand. At first, he brushed it off as carpal tunnel syndrome, but after a week of neurological exams and two MRIs, he learned the cause of the problem: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At age 32, Ady was given just three to four years to live. Yet despite the devastating diagnosis, he refused to let his remaining days go to waste.

Eyes to the Wind is a rousing memoir featuring intertwining storylines about determination, perseverance, and how to live a life filled with purpose and intention. The first traces Ady’s battle with ALS: how he turned the initial shock and panic from his diagnosis into a renewed commitment to social justice—not despite his disability but because of it. The second, told in flashbacks, illustrates Ady’s journey from a goofy political nerd to a prominent figure in the enduring fight for equity and justice who is “willing to give [his] last breath to save our democracy” (CNN).

From one of today’s most vocal advocates for social justice, Eyes to the Wind is an evocative and unforgettable memoir about activism, dedication, love, and hope.

Title:Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance
ISBN:9781982111540
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  • Dan Petegorsky

    In a just world Ady Barkan would live long enough to see a new president award him the Medal of Freedom....

  • 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 checkin...

  • 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 A...

  • 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, C...

  • Abbie Olson

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

  • Anna

    So grateful I got to see him speak at school last week. My favorite quote is still “it is only by refusing to accept the complacency of previous generations that the impossible becomes reality.”...

  • Angelique

    This book review is going to be a little bit sentimental. I knew Ady in High School. He's a hard person to forget. Whether he was mocking me for thinking Dante was 'awesome' or getting a lift in his '...

  • 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 a...

  • Brian Jacobson

    I flat out wept happy and sad tears during multiple parts of this book. If Ady Barkan can keep up hope and resistance while living with ALS, we all can too. This book is so inspiring, 100% worth a rea...

  • 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 3...