Everything Left To Remember: My Mother, Our Memories, and a Journey Through the Rocky Mountains

Flatiron Apr. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781250261830. $28.99. MEMOIR
The title of Jagger’s second memoir (after Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery) says it all—the author and her mother, who has dementia, go on the camping trip of a lifetime through the Rocky Mountains, starting in Montana. Jagger reflects on the meaning of memory—her mother’s memory, and the author’s memories of her mother—through the lens of the camping trip: the roads they traversed and the lush flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountain landscapes. As the trip and the memoir progress, Jagger opens up to her mother (and readers) and unravels deeper memories and family secrets and decides to confront them head-on, before it is too late. Readers will enjoy this elegantly written memoir of a mother and daughter’s trip through beautiful terrain, with moments of heartwarming bonding; relatives of people with dementia or memory loss will be particularly touched.
VERDICT This grounded, readable, and gracefully written memoir is an interesting take on the road trip genre, particularly relatable to people affected by dementia.
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