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New England Book Awards (NEIBA) finalist for non-fiction
A chronicle of the profound, life-changing, and laugh-out-loud funny moments in the journey of an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
In this unsentimental memoir of watching her mother fade away, Kate Whouley brings us right into the laugh-or-you’ll-cry experiences of meeting the challenge of Alzheimer’s. In her mother, we meet a strong-minded, accidental feminist with a weakness for unreliable men. And we meet a daughter who learned early to fend for herself. We encounter their shared passions: books, words, and music. As her mother falls into forgetting, Whouley remembers for her. And when the books are forgotten, and the words begin to fade, it is the music that matters most. Holding hands after a concert, with a shared joke between them, their relationship is healed–even in the face of a dreaded and deadly diagnosis.
“In her often humorous and always compassionate memoir, Whouley hopes to transform how people relate to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.”–USA Today
“A lovely, honest account of her mother’s decline into Alzheimer’s disease.”–The Boston Globe
“Reading Kate Whouley’s memoir felt like sitting down with an old friend over coffee...As a reader, I felt privileged to be on the receiving end of such a confidence, which concerns the most important issues: family, mortality, our aloneness in the world, our connection in the face of it. I read it in two sittings and turned the last page with regret.”–David Payne, author of Back to Wando Passo
“An exceptional memoir that reminds us–often with surprising humor–of the richness of life in good times and bad.”–David Dosa MD, author of Making Rounds With Oscar
“Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words made me want to go hug my mother. It also made me want to go hug Kate Whouley for her generous, fearless and spot-on recounting of a mother-daughter relationship during its most tragic yet poignantly beautiful years.”–Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Sundays in America
“Remembering the Music is a dance of a daughter’s spirit as she releases her mother (and the reader) to another realm.”–Joan Anderson, Author of A Year By The Sea
“In Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, Kate Whouley explores the mysteries of the human heart with wisdom and wit, giving us a story rich with kindness and comfort.”–Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes