The Theft of Memory

The Theft of Memory

Losing My Father, One Day at A Time

Large Print - 2015
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Best known for his work among our nation's poorest children, Jonathan Kozol now tells the story of his father's life and extraordinary career as a noted specialist in neurological and psychiatric disorders of the brain.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning Gale,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410483553
141048355X
Characteristics: large print (16 point),rda
353 pages : (Large Print) ; 23 cm

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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Jonathan Kozol has written a poignant description of dementia set alongside a loving memoir of his father. One may wonder at Kozol's determination to keep his father alive for as long as he does, despite what becomes profound dementia. There is much food for thought here as well as the sweetness of the father-son relationship. Both men contributed much to American society - Jonathan as an important figure in American public education and his father as an influential neurologist.

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tjdickey
Jun 10, 2017

An extremely articulate memoir - in a way, this is a dual memoir. The award-winning author tells the story of his father's decline into Alzheimer's Disease, but the tale is rich with details from the equally intelligent approach of the father, a clinical psychologist who brought a remarkable amount of self-awareness into the initial stages of his own case. Even transcripts of later correspondence from the father to the son told here offer a fascinating view of the father's trained mind gradually losing its moorings. The book closes with a reflective essay on the process of memory itself, as now understood by neuroscience.

ukiosa Jul 07, 2015

Such a well written story of the end of Kozol's parents lives.

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