Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-10
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Having miraculously survived a serious illness and now at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor, Katherine Russell Rich spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the culture and the language. In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences, using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world about what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. Seamlessly combining Rich's courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with wide-ranging reporting, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

Author Biography

Larry Schweikart is the coauthor of the new York Times bestseller A Patriot's History of the United States and the author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History. A professor of history at the University of Dayton, he has appeared as a guest commentator on Fox News and has written many academic books and articles on national defense, business, and financial history. He lives outside Dayton, Ohio.
Katherine Russell Rich, author of the award winning memoir The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer and Back, has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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