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Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me /
Sarah Leavitt.
imprint
Calgary : Freehand Books, c2010.
description
127 p. : ill., port. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
9781551111179
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imprint
Calgary : Freehand Books, c2010.
isbn
9781551111179
catalogue key
7332264
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, CAN, 2011 : Nominated
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Sarah Leavitt uses the medium of comics to tell her story with more economy and power than either words or pictures could muster by themselves. She brings a good eye for the telling detail-the small observations that reveal larger truths-to her memoir of a family in crisis. Tangles is the work of a perceptive, creative, and honest storyteller.-Brian Fies
"Brimming with humility and insight, Leavitt proves herself a skilled and unflinching memoirist. Her spare, evocative illustrations and the tender restraint of her prose will leave you breathless, heartbroken and profoundly grateful."
"As the rate of Alzheimer's continues to increase as the population ages, Tangles joins Jeffrey Moore's novel The Memory Artists and Sarah Polley's film Away from Her at the head of a list of illuminating and much-needed artistic responses."
Tangles comprises brief chapters that move back and forth in time. And it is guided by the open-hearted pen of the author, who manages to balance the stories of her mother as a principled individual and a dedicated educator in her professional life alongside detailing the engulfing humiliations of Alzheimer's, such as when her mother is no longer able to dress or feed herself, and, when incontinent, needs to be bathed....Samuel Johnson once wrote that "the true art of memory is the art of attention," and those words have been well served by Tangles. Under the watchful gaze of Sarah Leavitt and through the making of a graphic memoir - another form of ritual - the life of her mother is now bound and contained.
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Main Description
What do you do when your outspoken, passionate and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge – and her family – forever.In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family’s journey through a harrowing range of emotions – shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration – all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness. Midge, a Harvard-educated intellectual, struggles to comprehend the simplest words; Sarah’s father Rob slowly adapts to his new role as full-time caretaker, but still finds time for word-play and poetry with his wife; Sarah and her sister Hannah argue, laugh and grieve together as they join forces to help Midge get to sleep, rage about family friends who have disappeared, or collapse in tears at the end of a heartbreaking day.Tangles confronts the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease, and ultimately opens a knot of moments, memories and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart.
Main Description
What do you do when your outspoken, passionate and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge – and her family – forever. In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family’s journey through a harrowing range of emotions – shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration – all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness. Midge, a Harvard-educated intellectual, struggles to comprehend the simplest words; Sarah’s father Rob slowly adapts to his new role as full-time caretaker, but still finds time for word-play and poetry with his wife; Sarah and her sister Hannah argue, laugh and grieve together as they join forces to help Midge get to sleep, rage about family friends who have disappeared, or collapse in tears at the end of a heartbreaking day. Tangles confronts the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease, and ultimately opens a knot of moments, memories and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart.
Main Description
What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer's disease transformed her mother Midge-and her family-forever. In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family's journey through a harrowing range of emotions-shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration-all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness. Midge, a Harvard-educated intellectual, struggles to comprehend the simplest words; Sarah's father Rob slowly adapts to his new role as full-time caretaker, but still finds time for word-play and poetry with his wife; Sarah and her sister Hannah argue, laugh, and grieve together as they join forces to help Midge get to sleep, rage about family friends who have disappeared, or collapse in tears at the end of a heartbreaking day. Tangles provides a window on the complexity of Alzheimer's disease, and ultimately opens a knot of moments, memories, and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart.

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