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the Long Goodbye
 

the Long Goodbye (Audio cassette / Audio, Abridged edition)

Read by Davis, Patti

Ronald Reagan's daughter writes with a moving openness about losing her father to Alzheimer's disease. The simplicity with which she reveals the intensity, the rush, the flow of her feelings encompasses all the surprises and complexities that ambush us when death gradually, unsto...ppably invades life. In The Long Goodbye, Patti Davis describes losing her father to Alzheimer's disease, saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious-a person's memory. Alzheimer's, she writes, snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes. She writes of needing to be reunited at forty-two with her mother ( she had wept as much as I over our long, embittered war ), of regaining what they had spent decades demolishing; a truce was necessary to bring together a splintered family, a few weeks before her father released his letter telling the country and the world of his illness . . . The author delves into her memories to touch her father again, to hear his voice, to keep alive the years she had with him. She writes as if past and present were coming together, of her memories as a child, holding her father's hand, and as a young woman whose hand is being given away in marriage by her father . . . of her father teaching her to ride a bicycle, of the moment when he let her go and she went off on her own . . . of his teaching her the difference between a hawk and a buzzard . . . of the family summer vacations at a rented beach house-each of them tan, her father looking like the athlete he was, with a swimmer's broad shoulders and leantorso. . . . She writes of how her father never resisted solitude, in fact was born for it, of that strange reserve that made people reach for him. . . . She recalls him sitting at his desk, writing, staring out the window . . . and she writes about the toll of the disease itself, the look in her father's eyes, and her efforts to reel him back to her. Moving . . . honest . . . an illuminating portrait of grief, of a man, a disease, and a woman and her father. From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9780739318539
Released AU 1 Apr 2005
Publisher Random House
Format Audio cassette/Audio, Abridged edition
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ISBN-13 9780739318539
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House US Audio
Released 1 Apr 2005
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio cassette/Audio, Abridged edition
Edition Abridged edition
Author(s) Read by Davis, Patti
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Political Leaders & Leadership
Popular Medicine
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 112mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade

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