Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me
I saved Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me when it was withdrawn from the library (along with several other books I really didn't need). Tangles is a graphic novel showing the progress of Sarah Leavitt's mother's Alzheimer's disease. Leavitt's mother was very young (in her early 50's) when she was diagnosed with the disease. Leavitt herself wasn't around for the entire disease's progression because she lived across the country (she said it took a full day of flying to go home to visit her parents). So she was only able to chronicle the times she went home for a visit.
Tangles is a very sad read. Alzheimer's is, in my opinion, one of the worst diseases because it robs you of your memories (and as Leavitt shows, what makes you "you"). While there are some laughs along the way, Tangles shows the very sad, slow loss of an amazing woman who is gone far sooner than she should have been gone.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.