Dancing with Rose by Lauren Kessler
Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's

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Previously published in HC as Dancing With Rose

One journalist?s riveting?and surprisingly hopeful? in-the-trenches view of Alzheimer?s

Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer?s. Like many children of Alzheimer?s sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother?s identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer?s 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 Alzheimer?s 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 Alzheimer?s offers 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.


About Lauren Kessler

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Lauren Kessleris the author of five works of narrative nonfiction, including the Washington Postbestseller Clever Girland the Los Angeles Timesbestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Omagazine, and The Nation. She directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon.
Published May 31, 2007 by Penguin Books. 276 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Close-up look at life inside an Alzheimer's care facility.

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The growing number of readers who have relatives with Alzheimer's will warm to Kessler's excellent account of the months she worked as an unskilled resident assistant in an Alzheimer's facility on the West Coast.

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"Dancing with Rose" was so good in how it expressed so clearly the joy that can still be found in the lives of those living with Alzheimer's, and in the Zen-like nature of the disease.

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