The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

by Patti Davis
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The Long Goodbye by Patti Davis

"Genuine and heartfelt."—San Diego Union-Tribune

Ronald Reagan’s daughter writes with a moving openness about losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease. The simplicity with which she reveals the intensity, the rush, the flow of her feelings encompasses all the surprises and complexities that ambush us when death gradually, unstoppably invades life.

In this moving and illuminating portrait of a woman and her father, Patti Davis describes saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious—a person’s memory. “Alzheimer’s,” she writes, “snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes.”

She writes of needing to be reunited at forty-two with her mother, of regaining what they had spent decades demolishing. A truce was necessary to bring together a splintered family, a few weeks before her father released his letter telling the country and the world of his illness. She delves into her memories to touch her father again, to hear his voice, to keep alive the years she had with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452286870
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 203,972
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Patti Davis is the author of five books, including The Way I See It and Angels Don’t Die. Her articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, among them Time, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

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The Long Goodbye 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Davis draws the reader into the world of her father's illness, and it is definitely a interesting and emotional read. However, the single most compelling sections of the book in my opinion are the word sections when Patti Davis seems to write again and again about her public disagreements with her parents. She obviously regrets those time periods. It is a sweet reading book about family, and a lesson to remember to enjoy each day of our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's helping me as my father does not know me (over 2 years now). It helps you cope with the loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly appreciated Patti's book. My grandmother and four of her seven sibblings all had Alzheimer's. Wondering if it'll hit my generation. Anyway...the book was well written and she just perfectly worded what it's like to lose a parent slowly...Alzheimer's or even cancer...though my father could comprehend (he died of cancer) the process of working up the courage to tell him it's okay to move on was agonizing. It's never easy to lose a loved one. I feel that Ms. Davis did a fantastic job. Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that this book is more about herself than her father. It is full of regrets about her past estrangement and lost years with her relationship with her parents that keep bringing her back to her childhood. As a grown person, she stresses constantly how she regrets not being 'daddy's little girl' any longer. I am always surprised at so many people thinking of THEIR LOSS so much more than the feelings and comfort of the dying person. When I lost my parents who were 89 yrs. old, I was full of gratitude for having them had so long in my life (though we lived in different continents), had tried all my life to be good and kind to them and had only hoped for their EASY deaths Maybe because I had lost my only brother at 21 in Auschwitz, I appreciated having my parents for so long in my life. His death was a tragedy (and again we did not think so much of our loss but of his dying after a long suffering, torture -maybe- and being without any family around) my parents' was a natural occurrence. And I never thought of myself as daddy's little girl because when I grew up, I had to leave my childhood behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She should have alot of regrets the way she did her father dont care for her