Did Cerasoli just make Alzheimer's disease hip?
If by "hip" you mean relevant, current and something everybody is FINALLY going to talk about, then yeah, As Nora Jo Fades Away hit the mark.
How does a writer transition from hard-core romantic fiction to a heartbreaking memoir with barely a year between them? By remaining true to one simple quality, the raw-truth-trait that exemplifies her writing style. After luring us through her award-winning debut novel, On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity with stark wit and mad fascinating characters, Cerasoli surprises us with the true story of life with her ailing grandmother.
Life shifts from Michigan to Mars when Lisa and her family move in her grandmother, Nora Jo, upon diagnosis of dementia. The Weavers quickly discover the "comicals" of Nora Jo's condition bring a whole new realm of "crazy" to their offbeat but copasetic abode, driving it into full-throttle Darwinian mode. It's officially "Survival of the Fittest" at the Weaver joint, and even the dogs are contemplating a nice, quiet exit to "the farm." But it doesn't stop there. This illness is mainly a series of "tragedies," and the struggle to get through the cruel "daily grind" plays on every character's emotions, but none more than Lisa's.
This memoir is "the inside scoop."-a no holds barred account of the reality of Alzheimer's disease. The good news is Cerasoli's brave enough to tell it. The great news is, you won't want to put it down. The best news is, in the words of Thomas C. Adler, author of Campingly Yours, "This book will touch millions." And that's the point. As Nora Jo Fades Away is a great read with an even grander cause: to create action and awareness.
"A sly, humorous tribute and a lesson in love under seemingly impossible circumstances."
~Rob Potter, Story Analyst
HBO & Castle Rock Entertainment
This touching, wryly written memoir is our future's next 'Modern Family.' Everyone should own a copy.
~Sean Madden, Producer
Disney Home Studios Entertainment
About Lisa Cerasoli
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Published April 5, 2010
by Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ).
Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical.