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Publisher's Note:

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these sympto…

Overall Book Review:

What would you do if you “woke up” and didn’t know where you were? And to make matters worse, you don’t know who you are, what food you like, what your name is…who you can trust. The Answer to The Riddle is Me is a well-written memoir of vulnerability and memory. It tells the account of one man and how he found himself in a foreign country, with no idea who he was or why he was in India. He had to trust the people around him to tell him what led up to his amnesiac state, and to help him form a new life from the pieces he can gather.

I don’t often think about how much I trust people. As I was reading this book, however, I realized that every day we are taking risks. We trust that the car behind us will stop, instead of rear-ending us. We trust the doctor who just prescribed us with a new medicine, that he will not slip us something that will poison us. David Stuart MacLean was doing everything right…and one day he woke up to find he had forgotten everything about himself. One simple thing led to months, years of confusion and heartache. And even now he must wonder what happened during the time that he has forgotten. This book opened up lots of different thoughts in my head about who I am and what I would do if I found myself in a situation like David’s. This is a very thought-provoking read that I would highly recommend.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 3 scatological words; 3 anatomical terms; 4 F-word derivatives

Violence/Gore:  A motorcycle crash is described along with the injuries sustained and some blood; an individual commits suicide; an innocent civilian is mentioned to have been beaten to death by a government official; suicide is mentioned several times, in conjunction with taking prescribed medication; an individual considers killing someone.

Sex/Nudity:  An affair is mentioned between two women; a man and woman have sex in one brief scene with no explicit detail; an unmarried couple sleeps together several times; sex is referred to several times; adults kiss.

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink frequently; adults smoke frequently.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.