Living in the Labyrinth: A Personal Journey through the Maze of Alzheimer's

( 3 )

Overview

Living In The Labyrinth is the story of  how one woman found the strength and the courage  to cope with a devastating disease that has  afflicted five million Americans. Far from being an  exercise in self-pity or a standard autobiography,  this is an unflinching and ultimately uplifting look  at a debilitating illness from the inside  out.

Incl. a list of early ...

See more details below
Paperback (REV)
$12.85
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$15.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (47) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $4.54   
  • Used (37) from $1.99   
Living in the Labyrinth: A Personal Journey Through the Maze of Alzheimer's

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.99
BN.com price

Overview

Living In The Labyrinth is the story of  how one woman found the strength and the courage  to cope with a devastating disease that has  afflicted five million Americans. Far from being an  exercise in self-pity or a standard autobiography,  this is an unflinching and ultimately uplifting look  at a debilitating illness from the inside  out.

Incl. a list of early warning signs/med. background/further info. resources.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A brave record...searingly  honest."—People  

"A stunner of a book...It takes the  reader on a terrifying by enlightening  journey."—San Antonio News Express

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The last person one might expect to write a book about Alzheimer's disease is somebody sick with it. And yet McGowin, a middle-aged legal assistant living in Florida, here describes the slipping away of her life: she became confused easily, couldn't remember how to do her job, had to ``retire early,'' and didn't even know what was causing all of this disorientation. Unfortunately, she didn't have the most supportive of husbands, and was too embarrassed to confide in her children. Several physicians she consulted ``pooh-poohed'' her deteriorating condition with the all-too-familiar ``see a psychiatrist'' routine. Finally, after extensive medical and psychological testing, a doctor made the definitive diagnosis--early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Make no mistake: this wrenching account is neither a ``pity me'' look at Alzheimer's nor a standard autobiography. Instead, it is the story of how a woman took charge of her life under difficult circumstances. Friel tells how she relearned everyday tasks most often taken for granted. She also shows how habits and relationships had to change to meet new needs and challenges. She includes appendices of warning symptoms and national organizations that may be of help to Alzheimer's sufferers and their families. (Jan.)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385313186
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 291,789
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I found this book gripping.  It reads like a novel as Ms. McGowi

    I found this book gripping.  It reads like a novel as Ms. McGowin tells her story of drifting into cognitive dysfunction and taking charge of her life.  She talks about herself and about others with profound insight and unvarnished honesty.  She talks about her despair and about her hope in a way that riveted my attention and left me misty-eyed.   However, I finished the book confused.  She apparently does have some serious cognitive dysfunction.  But on the second to the last page of the book, page 137 in my Nook version, the page titled "AFTERWORD," is she saying that she does NOT have Alzheimer's Disease?  What does she mean when she says  re-diagnosis has ruled out "the subject diagnosis" and "the subject disease" for her?  I can't find those two phrases anywhere else in the book.  What conclusion do you draw after reading that whole page?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2010

    Excellent read for anyone

    This is an excellent read for anyone especially someone who has been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer. My father is 89 years old and has been diagnosed with Age Onset Dementia. This has helped me understand him as well as helping me be able to care for him. I read this book very quickly as it was hard to put down.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    An Amazing Book

    This amazing book is written by an Alzheimer's victim herself. Diana Friel McGowin began having symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease at age 45. She gives us an inside look at what it's like to have this disease, from the first symptoms noticed, through the ordeal of searching for a diagnosis, to the finality in the diagnosis itself and the daily losses that come. Diana has a wonderful attitude, finding comfort in her memories of simple things: the smell of the small town library of her childhood, the the taste of icicles on her tongue, the sight of the first daffodils of spring, lightning bugs, a train whistle, her grandmother's violin. What a wonderful way to view it all, as she says 'I can sometimes enjoy the sweet fragrance of night blooming jasmine when no one else can.' We, the children of Alzheimer's victims, hope that a cure can be found, but if it doesn't come in our time, we do have an example of radiant acceptance.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)