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Her Beautiful Brain is Ann Hedreen’s story of what it was like to become a mom just as her beautiful, brainy mother began to lose her mind to an unforgiving disease.
Arlene was a copper miner’s daughter who was divorced twice, widowed once, raised six kids singlehandedly, survived the turbulent ‘60s, and got her B.A. and M.A. at 40 so she could support her family as a Seattle schoolteacheronly to start showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease in her late fifties, taking Ann and her siblings on a long descent they never could have anticipated or imagined.
For two decadesas Ann married, had a daughter and a son, navigated career changes and marital crises and built a life making documentary films with her husbandshe watched her once-invincible mom disappear.
From Seattle to Haiti to the mine-gouged Finntown neighborhood in Butte, Montana where she was born and grew up; from Arlene’s favorite tennis club to a locked geropsychiatric ward, Her Beautiful Brain tells the heartbreaking story of a daughter’s love for a mother who is lost in the wilderness of an unpredictable and harrowing illness.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Prologue: Typing Class 1
In Haiti 5
Tonight, Tonight 31
The Tennis Club 45
A Hundred Christmases 59
The Madrona House 79
The Troubles 89
Gero Psych 105
John the Divine 115
If, If, If 123
The Helsinki Yacht Club 135
Northern House 155
Epilogue: Light She Was 169
What People are Saying About This
“As a daughter who nursed her own mother through the ravages of Alzheimer’s, I was deeply moved by Ann Hedreen’s heartfelt tribute to her mother’s courage and suffering, and her searingly honest reflections on the confusion wrought by this disease.
—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being