The Memory of All That: A Love Story About Alzheimer’s

She Writes Pr. Jul. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781647424176. pap. $16.95. MEMOIR
Bestselling author MacCracken (Lovey; A Circle of Children) spent the final decade of her life writing about the heartbreaking experiences she and her husband Cal endured together as he battled Alzheimer’s disease. In poignant stories, MacCracken highlights the ups and downs of their relationship, their support of one another’s work, and the sacrifices made to ensure both his safety and their continued time together. The MacCrackens met in 1969 after both had left unhappy marriages and were able to blend their lives into a supportive and equal partnership. Mary discovered her passion for writing and ability to tell the stories of children with autism and learning disabilities, while Cal, a nationally ranked tennis and squash player, became a massively successful inventor with over eighty patents to his credit. Once the symptoms of Alzheimer’s become too disruptive, the MacCrackens move together to a continuous care retirement community, intent on staying together as long as possible.
VERDICT MacCracken’s focus on the strength of her husband and the inspiring bond between them as they realize that their journey together is coming to an end will surely bring comfort to others facing similar situations.
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