Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me

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What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman?


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In this powerful memoir the New York Times called "a poignant account," Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother, Midge, and her family forever.

In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family’s journey through a harrowing range of emotions—shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration—all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness. Midge, a Harvard educated intellectual, struggles to comprehend the simplest words; Sarah’s father, Rob, slowly adapts to his new role as full-time caretaker, but still finds time for wordplay and poetry with his wife; Sarah and her sister Hannah argue, laugh, and grieve together as they join forces to help Midge. Tangles confronts the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease, and ultimately releases a knot of memories and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart.

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Author Sarah Leavitt
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
Page Count 128pp
Publication Size 9.25 x 10.5 x .5
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date May 2012
ISBN 978-1616086398

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