Holding on and letting go

The title The Geo­graphy of Mem­ory gives no hint of the rich content in this volume, and the sub­title A Pilgrimage Through Alz­heimer’s is down­right scary. Been there (both my parents had Alz­heimer’s), done that (I was in charge of their care for seven challenging years), did not get the T-shirt (is there one?).

Still, I was eager to read Jeanne Murray Walker’s account of her mother’s last years. Though the aging-parent memoir has become a crowded genre now that most boomers’ parents are over 80, I suspected that Walker—a published poet, the author of plays that have actually seen footlights, and a professor of English at the University of Delaware—would see senescence through a fresh lens. I was not disappointed.


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