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

ISBN-10: 0143113682
ISBN-13: 9780143113683
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lauren Kessler
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Description: One journalists rivetingand surprisingly hopeful in-the-trenches view of Alzheimers Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimers. Like many children of Alzheimers sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist,  More...

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

One journalists rivetingand surprisingly hopeful in-the-trenches view of Alzheimers Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimers. Like many children of Alzheimers sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mothers identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimers 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 Alzheimers 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 Alzheimersoffers 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.

Lauren Kessler is professor and director of the Multimedia Journalism Master's Program at the University of Oregon as well as a national speaker, workshop leader, and founder and editor of ETUDE, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction. In addition, she is the author of three textbooks and seven works of narrative nonfiction, including MY TEENAGE WEREWOLF: A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE THICKETS OF ADOLESCENCE, Pacific Northwest Book Award winner DANCING WITH ROSE (published in paperback as FINDING LIFE IN THE LAND OF ALZHEIMER'S), WASHINGTON POST bestseller CLEVER GIRL and LOS ANGELES TIMES bestseller THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB--which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. She appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner STUBBORN TWIG, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state's 2009 sesquicentennial. Dr. Kessler's journalism has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, O magazine, UTNE READER, THE NATION, newsweek.com and salon.com. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Kessler blogs at www.myteenagewerewolf.com.Find out more at www.laurenkessler.com

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