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    I need a recommendation

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by benny, Jun 17, 2011.

    I'm looking for novels that deal with things like age & death, alzheimer/dementia related, family, etc... Any suggestions?
     
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    There's a book by Alice Sebold about someone's mother with dementia, but I can't remember what it's called... (it's not "Lucky" or "The Lovely Bones," it's the other one she wrote)
     
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    A Wiki quickie* turns up with "The Almost Moon," could that be right?
    *I literally just invented this term.
     
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    Yeah that's the one! lol Wiki quickie...I love it!
     
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    Closest thing I have right now is One True Thing, by Anna Quindlen, but it's about cancer and family and aging and death...
     
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    OOOH! I just thought of another one, but it's actually about aging, death, family (kind of). It's called Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro, who also wrote Remains of the Day. (Which, the latter, come to think of it, is also about aging and dying.)
     
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    Not specifically about Alzheimer's (although it touches upon it), but as a more general work you may want to check out James A. Michener's Recessional. I believe he wrote it as his way of dealing with late-in-life and end-of-life issues.

    EDIT: It is not nearly as long as some of his earlier works.
     
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    Alzheimer/Dementia

    The Bear Came Over the Mountain' by Alice Munro
    The Lost Hours - Karen White
    Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia - Edgar Allan Poe
    Dementia Blog - Susan M. Schultz
    Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's - Lauren Kessler
    Death in Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Daughter, Her Mother, and the Beast Called Alzheimer's - Eleanor Cooney

    I've been doing research on this topic and these are books that have been helpful. The bad thing about books dealing with Alzheimer and/or dementia is that it's usually takes over the book. Or that it's written about lost memories or how to take care of someone that has Alzheimer. It's hard to find books where Alzheimer is a secondary theme or subplot to a even bigger plot. For the books where Alzheimer's really is a secondary theme, it's just side thought to move the story along - nothing that deals with the subject head on.

    As far as aging and death

    Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
    King Lear by William Shakespeare
    Ending Up by Kingsley Amis
     
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    The Notebook is one too, though I have never been a fan of Nicholas Sparks.

    Water for Elephants is an awesome book too. I couldn't put it down.
     

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