Is it possible to get a migraine from campaign enthusiasm? The 2012 hopeful surprised a girl's softball team when she ducked into a restaurant.

Waking up to a pounding headache after a bachelorette party, The Daily Beast’s Elizabeth Gates chalked it up to the revelry. Then she found she couldn’t speak. Three months later, she writes about having a major stroke at an unthinkably young age.

This week: Barney Hopkyns’ new biography attempts to examine the impenetrable Tom Waits, a memoir chronicles the crippling effects of migraines, and we dust off Bob Woodward’s super-readable account of the Supreme Court as Obama sets out to replace Justice Souter.