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Supermodel, restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling with a tag she never expected to add to that string: early onset Alzheimer’s patient.

Working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, B. and her husband, Dan, unstintingly share B.‘s unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with “Lessons Learned,” their practical and helpful advice, readers travel with them as they learn to deal with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges, the family tensions, and ways of coping. At its heart, though, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. Though filled with scary moments and dark days, it is ultimately an uplifting account, coming out at a time of exciting medical progress that may not help B. in time, but will ultimately help us all combat this dreaded deadly disease.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What an amazing couple and what an amazing book! It is medically and scientifically accurate, and yet places this devastating disease in the context of a beautiful and intimate relationship. We must do better as a community, in our families, and within our government in responding to this disease. African Americans are especially called upon to get more involved in the research as this disease disproportionately impacts us.”

    Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general of the United States

  • “The vulnerability, courage, and honesty in Before I Forget are heart-opening. Fear can be paralyzing…yet B. and Dan beautifully demonstrate that there is a different way to approach this stealthy invader. Alzheimer’s needs to come out of the shadows, and this book is an important step.”

    Maria Shriver

  • “An important story, told with utter honesty. With Alzheimer’s, all of us are at risk, though for reasons no one quite understands yet, African Americans are especially vulnerable—a message this book conveys powerfully. Before I Forget is a deeply personal call to arms.”

    Harry Belafonte, singer, songwriter, and social activist

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About the Narrators

B. Smith is a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania and faced with what would be for most insurmountable obstacles, Barbara “B.” Smith was one of the first supermodels. She wrote three highly acclaimed cookbooks and over a twenty-eight-year period founded three successful restaurants, while also launching a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. She is still the only African American woman with home products distributed exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. She is also a recipient of numerous national and local awards for helping those in need.

Dan Gasby has been a television media sales executive and a televison producer for both network and syndicated programs. He helped publish and launch B. Smith’s eponymous magazine and helped cofound her lifestyle retail brand.