‘Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir’ by Floyd Skloot

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There are few things more horrible than vertigo. A barely remembered virus (much less commonly, a stroke or tumor) disrupts the inner-ear apparatus responsible for keeping our brains informed about the position of our bodies and a torturous feeling of imbalance results. There’s not a whole lot you can do.Take sedatives, lean on a cane, soldier through until it goes away.

Luckily for readers, when Floyd Skloot had vertigo he did one thing more: He wrote about it. In “Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir,’’ Skloot, author of many books of creative nonfiction, poetry, and nonfiction, re-examines his entire life through an ordeal most people would rather forget.

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