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

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

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by Lauren Kessler
     
 

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Previously published in Hardcover 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

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Previously published in Hardcover 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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143113683
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
751,445
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Kessler is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction, including Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker, 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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