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Author: Niki Kapsambelis Narrator: Callie Beaulieu Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781515987291
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An inspiring race against time: The courageous, hopeful story of the one family who may hold the key to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.

The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.

Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies.

From the oil fields of North Dakota to the jungles of Colombia, this incredible narrative redefines courage in the face of one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In her debut, journalist Kapsambelis builds a compelling narrative about Alzheimer's disease around one North Dakota extended family. . . . An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “At its most compelling, The Inheritance is a portrait of the DeMoes’ experience as both Alzheimer’s sufferers and research subjects.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In addition to clear discussions of the disease’s history and research, Kapsambelis successfully portrays Gail, Galen, and their extended family as fully fleshed individuals. An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A model of immersion journalism, it is especially notable for its specificity and author Niki Kapsambelis’ empathy. The DeMoes laid bare their lives, and Kapsambelis repays their candor with a warts-and-all portrait softened by fondness and respect.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “In sometimes heartbreaking detail, The Inheritance describes the impact of the disease on individual family members.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Excellence in Design

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About the Author

Niki Kapsambelis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked for several years as a newswoman for the Associated Press in New England, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in publications around the world, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and People magazine.

About the Narrator

Callie Beaulieu, audiobook narrator, has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.