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              Books by Patti Davis

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              A Long Goodbye

              A Long Goodbye (Hardback, illustrated edition)

              By Davis, Patti

              The daughter of Ronald Reagan describes losing her father to the ravages of Alzheimer's, linking memories of her life to a study of Reagan the man, the actor, and the politician, and the toll of the disease on her father and his family.

              ISBN 9780679450924
              Published AU 1 May 2005
              Publisher Random House
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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,
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              ISBN 9780739318539
              Released AU 1 Apr 2005
              Publisher Random House
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              The Earth Breaks in Colors
               

              The Earth Breaks in Colors (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Davis, Patti

              • RRP: $37.99
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              A racially fueled incident exposes the fissures that sit beneath the surface of friendships and families, triggering significantly more damage than the earthquake that separates them. Whisper and Odelia are eleven-year-old girls who find refuge in the quiet corner of innocent fri...endship. Their Southern California homes each play host to an undercurrent of secrets. For Whisper that means a fractured mother returning from rehab, for Odelia a brother whose absence is laced with mystery. Race had no real place in the playful friendship of the white Whisper and the black Odelia until a terrifying encounter brings prejudice to the forefront of their lives, opening their young hearts to ill-begotten emotion. A violent earthquake further tears the world as they know it apart. Can hope and innocence be restored? An heirloom timepiece, a curious old woman and an unlikely hero join the girls as they search for their families and understanding among the rubble. A powerful story of race and redemption by novelist Patti Davis. Like many writers, I am never sure where stories come from, says author Patti Davis. They seem to arrive and ask to be told. That was particularly true with The Earth Breaks in Colors. I am intrigued by the innocence of children who pay little mind to skin color, so a friendship between two girls -- one white, one black -- was a world I wanted to visit. And families with secrets is a world that often visits me as a writer. There is a whole genre of literature in which the innocence of childhood is touched by the realities of the grown-up world - Carson McCullers' the Member of the Wedding, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye come to mind. Patti Davis - in a language that falls beguilingly on the reader's ear like a perfect whisper yet does so in a writer's voice that is both robust and tender - tells us her version of this age-old story and makes it young again. - Kevin Sessums, Mississippi Sissy and I Left it On the Mountain
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              ISBN 9780990696643
              Released AU 27 Oct 2015
              Publisher Huqua Press
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              Two Cats and the Woman They Own
               

              Two Cats and the Woman They Own (Hardback, New title)

              By Davis, Patti

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              Documenting a life with cats, this illustrated memoir has 12 chapters, each of which fits on a single spread. The chapters detail the lives of the author's two cats, Aretha and Skeeter. It contains twenty-six illustrations.

              ISBN 9780811851664
              Released AU 31 Mar 2006
              Publisher Chronicle Books
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              The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie: An Opinionated Pug's Guide to Life
               

              The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie: An Opinionated Pug's Guide to Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Davis, Gracie; As told by Davis, Patti

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              Clever and charming Gracie Davis muses about the curiosities of life, the riches of family and living with wolf spirit in this tender memoir of her unpredictable life as a pug in a California beach town. Along the way she navigates feline relationships, meets Buddha, searches for... buried treasures, reunites with a long lost brother, perfects the doggie paddle and comforts human tears. Artfully illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka with photography by Chloe Moore, Gracie's tale is a real treat for dog lovers who wonder what their dog would say (or write) if they could speak, even for one day.
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              ISBN 9780983812050
              Released AU 18 Mar 2014
              Publisher Huqua Press
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