Memory's Last Breath

Memory's Last Breath

Field Notes on My Dementia

Book - 2017
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY NPR

"For anyone facing dementia, [Saunders'] words are truly enlightening.... Inspiring lessons about living and thriving with dementia." ---Maria Shriver, NBC's Today Show

A "courageous and singular book" (Andrew Solomon), Memory's Last Breath is an unsparing, beautifully written memoir--"an intimate, revealing account of living with dementia" (Shelf Awareness).

Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Gerda Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders, a former university professor, nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316502627
0316502626
Branch Call Number: 362.1968310092 SAUND
Characteristics: xi, 272 pages : illustrations, maps

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frubio1228
Nov 16, 2017

I truly enjoyed this book...I learned so much about the many symptoms of aging and battling a disease with no cure. The author's family was amazing in support of her perseverance and fight in the daily challenges she faced while her life was deteriorating right before their eyes. Highly recommend this book for people of all ages...such a learning experience for me.

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tjdickey
Aug 16, 2017

In the relatively rare category of first-person dementia memoirs, "Memory's Last Breath" offers a strongly-considered and well-researched set of reflections on family life, personhood, the state of human neuroscience, and the end of our lives.

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