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    • CommentAuthorZibby*
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011
     
    I read "Room" by Emma Donoghue this week and enjoyed it, too, Deb. Sometimes I feel like I'm living in a "room." Have a list of others mentioned here not related to dementias. Thank you; another way this blog helps me: recreational reading.
    • CommentAuthorBev*
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
     
    If you like fiction with a little historical fact, you will really like "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe. It takes place in Massachusetts and goes back and forth between 1991 and 1692 (the time of the witch trials in Salem). I couldn't put it down. It is a beautifully written book. And, fun.
    • CommentAuthormaryd
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2011
     
    I just finished "Left Neglect" by Lisa Genova who wrote "Still Alice" It is a very good book about a woman who had an accident while texting.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2011
     
    lee012 Comment Time12 minutes ago edit delete
    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to share a book I just recently read by Todd Burpo called " Heaven is for Real". This is a true story of a little boy who tell about his time in Heaven. It's a must read. I have never been afraid of dying but after reading this book I can hardly wait til my time comes. It is a beautiful story and inspiring especially being a caretaker of a dementia hb. When my hb's time comes to go to heaven I know that I will know he is peaceful and very happy. Please read this book if you get a chance. When I pray I know God is listening to me b/c He has answered my prayers when I was so desperate for answers in helping my hb. I hope this book can help you all. If anyone reads it I would like some feedback or comments.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2011
     
    Comment Author ElaineH CommentTime 36 minutes ago edit delete

    Someone else also commented on that book (Heaven is for Real) & I said that I listened to it (an audio book) & the author, the father of the little boy, was the narrator. I recommend that if possible you listen to the book because it really gives the story life listening to the boy’s father talk about how sick the boy was & all the other details of the story. It IS a wonderful book & I too look forward to heaven!
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2011
     
    Comment Author Lori Comment Time12 hours ago edit delete

    I read this in the short form on Guidepost's email. Then telling friend about it, they had already read the book and recommended it highly.
    • CommentAuthorandy*
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2011
     
    A must read for lovers of fiction, The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton. This is her third work and it just pulls you in and you don't want to stop reading. I also enjoyed her other books, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Rverton.
    • CommentAuthorElaineH
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2011
     
    This isn’t about reading a specific book & actually it isn’t about reading at all. It’s about listening! I’m the one who made the comment about listening to the book, “Heaven is for Real.” I LOVE to read, but I never had time, so about 15 years ago I discovered audio books. First they were on cassette tapes, then on CD’s & now you can download books from your local library to your MP3 player & even your iPhone. I am HOOKED! It’s like having someone telling me a story & the best past is that I can listen while I cook, clean, & even when I am driving. I have had people tell me that they would miss actual reading & the feel of a good book in their hands & I do understand that, but as I said, I am hooked on my audio books. I’m just sayin’!
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
     
    I have not read this book, but it was highly recommended by a woman in my support group this morning - Dancing with Rose by Lauren Kessler. She said it was the best book she has ever read about Alzheimer's Disease:

    http://astore.amazon.com/wwwthealzheim-20/detail/B000Z4GPSM

    joang
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    I loved the book.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
     
    This book gave me more insight into Alzheimer's than any other book I've read, and it helped me with my attitude towards my husband.
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      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
     
    This isn't about the dreaded disease but I'm sure anyone that reads it will be moved the name is "Heaven is for Real" a little boys astounding story of his trip to heaven an back the authorTodd Burpo with Lynn Vincent,I rate it a two hanky,started an couldn't put it down til I finished
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2011
     
    Well, I finally got around to The Help. Since my reading time is when I get into bed at night, it is causing me to lose sleep, because I just cannot put it down. I was up until 1 AM this morning, and finally fell asleep with it in my hand.

    joang
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      CommentAuthorJeanetteB
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
     
    I can recommend "The Making of Us" by Lisa Jewell, about a sperm donor and his biological children who find him and each other after a long search. Imagine finding out when you are 20 that you have (half') brothers and sisters. Chick-lit, I guess, but heartwarming and a good read.
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    Just finished The Help. Loved it! Couldn't put it down until it was finished!
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    I just finished the Help also. I agree Vickie, it was hard to put down.
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    Just heard the Help is being made into a movie.
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      CommentAuthordeb112958
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
     
    It's due to be in theaters on August 12.
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    Who is going to be in it?
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011 edited
     
    As I mentioned, I had been meaning to read The Help for a long time. What finally prompted me to read it now was the fact that the movie is coming out. I always like to read the book first, so I know the "real" story. You never know what they're going to do to the story when they make it into a movie.

    Cast and information - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/

    The only one I have heard of who plays a main character is Allison Janney. Cicely Tyson and Sissy Spacek are well known, but are not main characters.


    joang
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    I love to read - do it every day - however, I LIVE AD - and I read for escapism..... To get away from death, dying, and reality!!!

    Am I the only one who reads to get into fantasy and make believe???

    My daughters got me to read the J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood series....GOOD VAMPIRES, LOVE, and PURE ESCAPISM!!!
    (They got me hooked on this series but good!)

    And J.D. Robb - I've read every one of her books TWICE! I love Eve Dallas and the year is 2050 and she is a NYC cop - and married to the dream man of all time - ROARKE...and I love solving crimes....<grin>

    In both of these series the hero and heroine are flawed - having had something horrible occur to them earlier in their lives and they each have had the ability to overcome their horrible tragedies and be better for it....

    A lesson I take to heart...AFTER AD, I hope I am a better person....
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    Mary, I read a whole lot - but I don't read books about AD or caregiving. Been there, done that. I want to escape into somebody else when I read.
    • CommentAuthorJean21*
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
     
    I just read Night Sins by Tami Hoag, couldn't put it down! It is the first time I have a read book by this author and if all her books are as good I may not read anymore. I would never get anything done. It is a detective type mystery. I am not into books about caregivng and AD either Vivkie, like you I am living it I don't need to read it.
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    Jean21, I love Tami Hoag. Have read a lot of her books.
    • CommentAuthorJean21*
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
     
    Vickie, Did you get any work done while you were reading her books. LOL
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    Nope...but I read at night when DH goes to bed so early - from 6 p.m. on. Can't get any work done then anyway - cause I might wake him up. LOL
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      CommentAuthordeb112958
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
     
    Mary,

    I'm with you on reading to get away. I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books and J.A. Konrath's Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries.

    I read a lot of mysteries, sci fi/horror and some romance. I get a lot of books or novellas free for my Kindle. You just have to check the site a lot. I have downloaded books which were free one day and $8 the next.
    • CommentAuthorJean21*
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
     
    I'm afraid to buy a kindle because I know I will spend way too much time reading instead of doing what needs to be done.
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    I just downloaded the Kindle for PC and read on my computer. I love it. And I get most all my books free.
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011
     
    Vickie, I am so glad that someone other than myself, doesn't read books on dementia. I thought I was the only caregiver who didn't. Not that I think there is anything wrong with educating yourself, I just don't want to read what I have experienced the last 9-10 years.
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    Kadee, I do read articles on various AD topics - short articles, that are relevant to DH or me. But, you are right, we have and are experiencing this and need to relax with a good book into fantasy land. I think we can sometimes get too overloaded on all the info out there on dementia.
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    Vickie-on your recommendation I just cleaned out our clubhouse library of books written by Tami Hoag.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011 edited
     
    Bluedaze,

    Re: Tami Hoag - I would recommend starting with Cry Wolf - 1997. Her earlier books were light romance and not very good. Cry Wolf sucked me in and mesmerized me. Extremely well written, especially the descriptions of New Orleans. I loved that book. Not all of them after that are good, and some are VERY graphically violent and gory, but most are excellent. I would suggest:

    Night Sins
    A Thin Dark Line
    Guilty as Sin

    Check the dates and descriptions in Amazon because some of them are sequels.

    Everyone likes different types of books, but I never forgot Cry Wolf. As a matter of fact, if I didn't have 30 books in my Kindle ready to read, I would re-read that one.

    Kadee,

    I very rarely read dementia books anymore. I need an escape, and reading all types of books is my escapism. I can't imagine curling up in bed at night with The 36 Hour Day. Nope.

    joang
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    Thanks ladies. I also don't read any more AD books. I've paid my dues and ready to move on.
    • CommentAuthorBev*
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
     
    I agree with all of you. I read all kinds of books and do it for an escape, have done it all my life. The book I'm reading now, and I don't know if many of you will like it (especially you, Joan), is The Passage by Justin Cronin. Can't put it down. A very, very unusual book which includes vampires! I read The Help a while ago, enjoyed it a lot, and have loaned it out to many of my friends, who also enjoyed it. Very much different from The Passage, but, as I said, I like all kinds of books.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
     
    I also read all kinds of books for escape. I am a vampire fan, but I'm kind of a purist, and I don't like the way the newer authors have played around with the vampire myth to the point of not recognizing it anymore. Like the blood bank blood in the refrigerator - kind of ruins the the whole vampire idea. I read the summary of The Passage on Amazon, and you're right, Bev. I don't think I would like it. My all time most favorite vampire story ever is the old soap opera from the 60's - Dark Shadows. In the 90's, it was on the SciFi channel - I would tape it and watch it every day when I came home from work. Except for the storyline when they "cured" Barnabas with the Adam Frankenstein guy. Hated that storyline.

    joang
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
     
    Loved Dark Shadows...I ran home from school everyday to see Barnabas Collins.
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    I did too Kadee. That was the soap that got me hooked on soaps. Dark Shadows, One Life to Live and General Hospital. If us girls (still in middle school) thought that something really good was going to happen, one of us would be "sick" that afternoon so we could report back to everyone else would know what was happening. That was back in the '60's. Now they are cancelling OLTL and with the shows are trying to get back to the roots before January.
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
     
    sheila, I think you were one of my friends, we did the same thing. lol I only watch General Hospital now.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
     
    In the pure entertainment category, I just finished a good book - Midnight Caller by Leslie Tentler. I had never heard of the author. I think this was her debut novel. Very good - keeps you turning the page. Romantic suspense thriller. The ending left a lot of room for a sequel.

    joang
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2011
     
    Since I haven't been able to do much of anything while recuperating from surgery, I have been reading. A lot. I'm on my third Tess Gerritsen book about Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Boston PD Jane Rizzoli. Excellent books - thrilling page turners. I had been reading long family historical sagas, but a host of pain pills and muscle relaxents don't exactly sync with the brain power needed to follow those books, so I have put them aside for now.

    joang
    • CommentAuthormothert
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    Hey there, I would really like to read a book written by a AD victim. I want to be able to understand what is going on in their heads and how they feel. I think that I could be more empathetic if I had a clue what was going on (or not) with dh. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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    mothert..if you are on facebook, I suggest you subscribe to memory people...it is a day by day blog written by Rick Phelps who describes his journey, and also posts videos about himself and how he feels. It is amazing.....just search for memory people, and request permission to join.
    Also, you might look into the books by Norman McNamara....avail on Amazon....
    1. Me and My alzheimers
    2. More than Words- Poems written by an Alzheimer sufferer
    3. The Ghost of Marnie Jones.

    There is also "memory people II on facebook, for a bit more unrestricted conversations.....
    • CommentAuthormothert
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    Phranque,

    I confess total ignorance and suspicion with regard to facebook or other social networking sites (excluding this one) - I'm worried about my personal info. I know we've had this discussion on this site before about "what's the difference, we give out personal info on this site, too". True. Part of me thinks I am probably missing out not being hooked up to facebook, the other part says "who has time for another chat site?". So, can I lurk without doing the whole dance?
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    facebook is not so bad...you do not need to post much important information...and also, you do not have to post a lot......but you can read what you want and omit what you do not want....memory people is wonderful for a perspective of 2 people who are writing from their own experience.....
    • CommentAuthormothert
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    Thank you, Phrangue, for the above info. I've just been learning a bit about Facebook online since reading your first post and, as I want to read Rick Phelp's blog, I will probably sign on with Facebook.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    mothert,

    Have your read Dr. Richard Taylor's book - Alzheimer's From the Inside Out? He is a psychologist living with Alzheimer's disease. -

    http://astore.amazon.com/wwwthealzheim-20/detail/1932529233

    joang
    • CommentAuthormothert
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    Thank you, Joan, I have not read this book. I'll see if I can find it at our local library. If not there, I'll go to Amazon.
    • CommentAuthorWeejun*
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
     
    Just finished two books on the recommendation of friends. I enjoyed both:

    One Thousand White Women (fiction) by Jim Fergus

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader (actual letters) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
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    Weejun- sounds like my kind of book- 1,000 white women....does it come in an illustrated version???