Annotations for All Gone : A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia, With Refreshments


Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's efforts to provide love and care for a parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall.

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's poignant efforts to provide love and care for a beloved parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall and helped the author to come to terms with an inevitable loss. 20,000 first printing.

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Penguin Putnam
A daughter's longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach.

Just past seventy, Alex Witchel's smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring, ultracapable daughter reacted as she'd been raised: If something was broken, they would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, and her mother continued the torturous process of disappearing in plain sight, Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her mother at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of her childhood: "Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?"

Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of "ambiguous loss "-- loss of a beloved one who lives on. Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation for all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her, starting with the daily commandment "Tell me everything that happened today" that started a future reporter and writer on her way. And she was inspired to turn her experience into this frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny account that offers true balm for an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.


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