Memory's Last Breath

Memory's Last Breath

Field Notes on My Dementia

Book - 2017
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Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316502627
Branch Call Number: 362.1968 Saunders
Characteristics: xi, 272 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm


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Aug 16, 2017

In the relatively rare category of first-person dementia memoirs, "Memory's Last Breath" offers a strongly-considered and well-researched set of reflections on family life, personhood, the state of human neuroscience, and the end of our lives.


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