As Nora Jo Fades Away by Lisa Cerasoli
Confessions of a Caregiver

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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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Lisa Cerasoli left her hometown of Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan upon graduating from its one and only school — Iron Mountain High. Michigan State University was her first stop. She tested into Lyman Briggs School of Science, majoring in pre-med. That dream quickly deflated when she realized she's a complete hypochondriac, and the last thing she needed was to feed her neurosis by being around "sick people" all day. Feeling lost, she fled to Arizona for spring break... and didn't get back on the plane to return home. Instead, she applied to Arizona State University. Four years and a few beers later, Lisa got a very practical theater degree and transported herself by way of a Honda Accord (that would be stolen twice by year's end) to the City of Angels. L.A. was pretty good to the girl. She booked her first series, Acapulco Bay, within nine months. After that she spent two-plus years as a series regular on General Hospital, playing the quirky role of "V." She then booked a string of guest star roles, including Oh, Grow Up, Diagnosis Murder, Pensacola Wings of Gold, two recurring roles on The Pretender as "Zoe" and Boomtown. In the fall of 2002, Lisa and her manager, Sandra Siegal, met with Ken Atchity of Atchity Entertainment, International regarding her screenplay, On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity. Ken thought it sounded like a novel, so she went home and blew out three chapters. That's when she fell (for certain and truly) in love with writing. A few weeks later, Lisa's father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. She packed a bag, headed back to Iron Mountain and cared for her dad until his death in July 2003, while completing the novel. Two months later, she married a high school friend, Peter Weaver, who has an amazing son, Brock, 14. Together, they have the lively Jazzlyn Jo, 3, and Lisa has been writing like a damn fool ever since. Grandma also lives with them. She's 87 and has progressive dementia. Lisa admits, "Mostly, she's a progressive riot (when she's not an utter safety hazard).
Published April 5, 2010 by Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ). 180 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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