Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's: One Daughter's Hopeful Story

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Previously published in HC as Dancing With Rose

One journalist's riveting-and surprisingly hopeful? in-the-trenches view of Alzheimer's

Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's. Like many children of Alzheimer's sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother's identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer's are ...

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Overview

Previously published in HC as Dancing With Rose

One journalist's riveting-and surprisingly hopeful? in-the-trenches view of Alzheimer's

Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's. Like many children of Alzheimer's sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother's identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer's are not slates wiped blank. Suppose they experience friendship and loss, romance and jealousy, joy and sorrow? To better understand this debilitating condition, Kessler enlists as a bottom-of-the-rung caregiver at an Alzheimer's facility and learns lessons that challenge what we think we know about the disease. A compelling, clear-eyed, and emotionally resonant narrative, Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's offers a new optimistic look at what the disease can teach us and a much-needed tonic for those faced with providing care for someone they love.

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Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
Heartening and thought-provoking. . . . Kessler deftly marries research with hands-on experiences.
Barbara Ehrenreich
Direct and courageous. . . . Anyone affected by the disease— and that's almost everyone—has to read this book. (Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113683
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 639,235
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Kessler is the author of five works of narrative nonfiction, including the Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, and The Nation. She directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    This Book Helps Me Cope With My Mom's Alzheimer's

    This was an excellent book for me. My mom is suffering from Alzheimer's and we are too. Ms. Kessler gave me hope that there might be a different way to look at this journey my mom is on.
    The message from this book and my challenge? To find a way into my mother's world-not to force her back into mine.

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