November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, as well as National Caregiver Month. These fictional books touch on the devastation of Alzheimer's with poignant characters. If you're looking for caregiver guides, check out what we have in the catalog.
Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
In a novel that moves back and forth between the Soviet Union during World War II and modern-day America, Marina, an elderly Russian woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad.
The Leisure Seeker
At 80-something, Ella Robina is dying. Rather than spend her last moments in treatment for terminal cancer, she kidnaps her husband, who has Alzheimer’s, and takes off in their RV for one last grand adventure down Route 66 to Disneyland.
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Chronicles one woman's descent into Alzheimer's disease and her sons' painful witness to the tragedy, which is enhanced by their careers in philosophy and neurology and by strengthened family bonds.
A Farm Under a Lake
When Janet Hawn, currently living in Wisconsin with her husband Jack, returns to the Illinois of her childhood as escort to an elderly woman, she finds herself exploring both her past and her present.
Hospitalized as a result of an accident, Brooke Woodson meets volunteer Mitzi Steiner and the two bond over their troubles, Mitzi with a husband suffering from Alzheimer's, and Brooke dealing with a fiance with an anger problem.
The Memory Artists
Noel Burun, a man with an extraordinary memory who views words in vibrant explosions of color, is confronted by the painful--and ironic--reality that his beloved mother, Stella, is a victim of Alzheimer's whose memory is gradually slipping away.
The Worst Day of My Life, So Far: My Mother, Alzheimer’s, and Me
Following the failure of her marriage and the deterioration of her mother's health as she falls victim to Alzheimer's, Jeanne returns home to care for her once glamorous and demanding mother and is forced to embark on a painful, poignant journey toward self-discovery and self-confidence.
The Sweetness of Forgetting
In this heartwarming story of love, family and baked goods, bakery owner Hope McKenna-Smith, the divorced mother of a surly preteen girl, is summoned by her aging grandmother who, ready to reveal the secret she has kept for 70 years, sends her on a journey across the world that will forever change her life.
James Fitzroy travels home to Buffalo for the Thanksgiving holiday and to assist his mother in committing suicide. Ellen, only 56 and a nurse, author, and patients-rights activist, has Alzheimer’s. Several years before, as her dementia deepened, she told James she planned to commit suicide; he talked her out of it but now understands that she knew best. But James is the slacker in the family. Can he do it?