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All Gone : A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. with Refreshments
by Alex Witchel


Overview - "Haunting, unflinching and at times unexpectedly hilarious...A powerful affirmation of family bonds." - The New York Times Book Review

A daughter's longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach.

Just past seventy, Alex Witchel's smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Haunting, unflinching and at times unexpectedly hilarious...A powerful affirmation of family bonds." -The New York Times Book Review

A daughter's longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach.

Just past seventy, Alex Witchel's smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring, ultracapable daughter reacted as she'd been raised: If something was broken, they would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, and her mother continued the torturous process of disappearing in plain sight, Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her mother at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of her childhood: "Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?"

Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of "ambiguous loss "-- loss of a beloved one who lives on. Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation for all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her, starting with the daily commandment "Tell me everything that happened today" that started a future reporter and writer on her way. And she was inspired to turn her experience into this frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny account that offers true balm for an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594631856
  • ISBN-10: 1594631859
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 214
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Health & Fitness > Diseases - Alzheimer's & Dementia

 
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