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Unsentimental and unsparing, this work studies in unnerving detail what happens when the mind begins to separate from the body [in Alzheimer's disease] and how our society has no model for coping with such fragmentation....A searing indictment of how America treats its disabled, and a cautionary tale for aging baby boomers.
A tenaciously engaged memoir from Levine about her relationship with her parents as her father drifts deeper and deeper into Alzheimers....She grapples with her feelings for her father, who was an overbearing, provocative (and occasionally violent) lord of misrule; she considers and rejects taking him uder her own care; she jousts with her mother over her seeming abandonment of her husband. It is a maddening, very human dance, and Levine gets it down just right.
Vivian Gornick author of Fierce Attachments
This is one of the most interesting memoirs that I have read. It does that rare thing: combines an honest tale of family life with a vivid — and wonderfully informed — presentation of what it means to be overcome by dementia. This is one Alzheimer's memoir that I predict will be read for years to come.
Sharon Salzberg author of Faith and Lovingkindness
With wry wit and unfailing courage, Levine has written an articulate, inspiring, heart-breaking and humble book. More than a memoir, this is a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery for the reader as well.
David Shenk author of The Forgetting
Honest and smart, Judith Levine's book is not just another caregiver's memoir. It's a valuable addition to the literature of aging and decline.
Mark Matousek author of The Boy He Left Behind
This brave, hilarious, heartrending tale is the cri de coeur of the too-smart daughter allergic to lies and sentiment, asking the scariest questions of all: Who am I because of my blood? How do we know it was really love?