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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.