Dance with Me

Dance with Me

by Susan Badaracco

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I'd always believed that if I splayed my body in the dirt, I could protect my mother from her plummet from the sky. The forced ejection from an airplane. I'd also thought of the fall as a singular event requiring a dramatic sacrifice to insulate her. But each day she repeated her tumble to the ground. Sometimes she'd land as graceful as a ballerina, and she'd flash a mischievous grin before pirouetting away. Other times, she'd crash into the earth, breaking her bones and soiling herself in the process.

I didn't move fast enough and I couldn't predict her trajectory. With time, I discovered my role was not to buffer her descent. The most I could hope for was to pick her up, patch her up, and hope for a better tomorrow. It wasn't me that eased her way as she deteriorated into her illness. It was Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como. She gravitated toward their lighthearted crooning tunes and, no longer encumbered by any mom danced.

Filled with touches of unexpected humor, Dance with Me, is a huge-hearted account of a relationship between a daughter who loses her faith in medicine and a mother who dances in the face of the disease stealing her thoughts and memories.
Susan Badaracco watched her grandfather succumb to Alzheimer's and when her mother was later diagnosed, she wanted to give her mother a "soft landing". But dancing with Alzheimer's is not a graceful affair. Crafted with short stories, she allows a peek into the locked memory care unit which she compares to "an unexpected trip to another country where they don't always speak English". With harrowing honesty, she presents the challenges and bittersweet emotions faced by the caregivers of the afflicted. An unforgettable memoir of endurance and transformation.

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BN ID: 2940162667582
Publisher: Susan Badaracco
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 399 KB

About the Author

Susan Badaracco is the author of several contemporary young adult series.
She draws on past experiences, mythology, and travel to spin tales of high-stakes adventure exploring the bonds of friendships and family. Her website can be found at
This is her first non-fiction book.

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