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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Kessler Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781440799785
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An acclaimed biographer, Lauren Kessler immerses herself in her work to construct compelling portraits of her subjects. In Dancing with Rose, she recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer’s facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/18/2014

    " I put off reading this book because of the uncomfortable topic of Alzheimer's disease, and a fear many people in my age group have of someday experiencing its ravages. I'm very glad that I did read it. Not only did Lauren Kessler give a personal face to the victims of this disease, she also found within each person dignity and hopefulness. She was able to enter their world and relate to them in ways they could respond, which changed the quality of their relationship. I have no personal experience with caring for a relative with Alzheimer's, but I found this an important book--and made me think about what I would want if I ever needed full time care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2014

    " Wonderful book--the author is dealing with alzheimer's people in a care home as a way of dealing with her remorse over handling her own mother's alzheimer's poorly. Such empathy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Gulkin | 1/23/2014

    " A must read for anyone who is dealing with a family member with Alzheimer's. Kessler's experiences humanise the sufferers of the disease and make their experiences understandable for the rest of us. After reading it, I went to visit my mother-in-law in her nursing home and saw her and the other residents with new eyes, much better able to relate to her in a meaningful way for both of us. It is also a strong condemnation of the pitfalls of for-profit elder care, particularly in the U.S., where personal care assistants: those who do the dirtiest and most difficult work, are paid only minimum wage and have absolutely no rights or job benefits. I don't think that they are as poorly treated here in Canada, but this is still considered an unskilled job--an incredibly callous description of caregiving--and therefore not nearly adequately remunerated. As Kessler says, if we Baby Boomers want better care when we reach our latter years, we'd better start organising for it NOW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Torrence | 1/19/2014

    " Other than the author's sometimes romanticizing Alzheimer's, I really enjoyed this book about the people with the disease and the underpaid and overworked persons who care for them. Sometimes reading made me cry thinking about a friend of mine who has the disease. Losing your memories, losing your ability to think, seems just so incredibly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/18/2014

    " This book is a very real account of a lady's journey in dealing with her mother's death from a devastating disease, Alzheimer's disease. I loved reading this book because it takes you through the in's and out's of nursing home life and what it is like to work as a CNA, which, i'm very familiar with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/16/2014

    " I worked for a time as an activity aide in the dementia unit of a nursing home. My daily overarching struggle was to convince certain of my co-workers of the enduring humanity in each of the individuals on the unit. I wish I had this book to give them at the time. Lauren Kessler takes a job at a residence specializing in dementia care. For her, this is a temporary assignment; a chance to gather materials for a reporting assignment. She takes on the difficult and often thankless work of daily caregiving for a group of residents and in this book, manages to convey a little of the injustices of the job situations for such caregivers, and a lot of the humanity of her charges. She, like many people who work with dementia clients, learns to redefine ideas like "individuality," "intention," and "personality." It is a tale told with love and heartache: the love for her charges at the residence, and the heartache for the memories of how she handled her own mother's decline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hosch | 1/14/2014

    " And outstanding book. A little anecdotal, but damn good. It's an intimate look at alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 12/12/2013

    " An author chooses to work as a resident assistant at an Alzheimer's facility to gather information for an article. Her story is engrossing...I actually wanted to read this book late into the night to see what happened. I liked her honest voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 12/2/2013

    " This was a very enlightening informative and touching book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Leivas | 11/10/2013

    " I HIGHLY recommend this book! It will really help the reader to relate to the elderly person's perspective - even if your loved one doesn't have Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracyd | 8/26/2013

    " very interesting book. It isn't a how-to, it was more of a life choice. True story and I was impressed by the way the author decided to do something, gave it her all and learned from it. Good discussion book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/24/2013

    " I learned a lot about elder care and alzheimer's. I enjoyed the story of how Lauren came to terms with her mother's alzheimer's through her care for others with the disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 4/7/2013

    " This is a great tool for people who want to have a better understanding of how Alzheimer's affects everyone. The book is especially handy for those who don't have the patience for reading technical books. The story keeps your interest. But I did find the narrator to be a bit monotone. I found the book better to read than listen to. I've had to experience the heartbreak of a few family members with Alzheimer's and this book definitely aids in the overall dealings/coping with the disease. I definitely recommend this book for all who want to learn how to empathize with those involved with the disease. Whether you are the one with the disease or you are a family member, friend, or caregiver of someone afflicted with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/20/2012

    " Wow, opened my eyes to so much. Just the little things about the person that still really matter, even if they aren't aware of anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/12/2011

    " Great book if anyone you know are experiencing this dreadful desease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laila | 6/6/2011

    " This book is SO GOOD . It's really lovely and sad but hopeful as well. If you know someone with Alzheimer's, this really humanizes the people with the disease. The author worked in a care-giving facility for almost a year, and her stories are so well written and touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed the honest way she told her story about her relationship with her mother and then to be open to change her heart/feelings
    about how she views Alzheimer's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alycia | 4/21/2011

    " This book is a good insight into the changes that occur with people that have Alzheimer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/29/2010

    " And outstanding book. A little anecdotal, but damn good. It's an intimate look at alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 7/19/2010

    " An author chooses to work as a resident assistant at an Alzheimer's facility to gather information for an article. Her story is engrossing...I actually wanted to read this book late into the night to see what happened. I liked her honest voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 6/14/2010

    " I HIGHLY recommend this book! It will really help the reader to relate to the elderly person's perspective - even if your loved one doesn't have Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 4/9/2010

    " This was a very enlightening informative and touching book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/14/2010

    " Non-fiction; at times hard to read, but ultimately inspirational. "

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About the Author

Lauren Kessler is the author of several works of narrative nonfiction, including the Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, and The Nation. She directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon.

About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.