Rehabilitation: Mr. Blandings' Nightmare

After a near-fatal illness that cost $21,911.32 and 160 days in three hospitals, Eric Hodgins might pardonably have tried to forget it. Instead, he set out to write off his losses. The result, Episode — Report on the Accident Inside My Skull (Atheneum; $5), is Journalist Hodgins' wry, spry, keenly observed sto ry of a stroke (cerebrovascular accident) and how it has affected his life for the past four years.

Painless & Terrible. His story begins on the night of Jan. 8, 1960, when Hodgins was alone in his apartment. One moment he was dictating a telegram on the telephone; then...

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