Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise.
More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Al
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“Told with extraordinary vulnerability, grace, humor, and profound insight, On Pluto is an intimate look inside the mind of Greg O’Brien, a journalist diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s. But the real gem of On Pluto lies in its unflinching look inside Greg’s heart. If you’re trying to understand what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s, and you are because you’re reading these words, then you need to read this book.” –Lisa Genova
I’m a little timid about giving a book about the author’s experience with early onset Alzheimer’s only two stars. I know it was courageous of O’Brien to open himself up like that and I appreciated learning that early onset Alzheimer’s involves scary things like hallucinations and rage. However, that’s all I learned. O’Brien wrote in figurative language so much (see: being on Pluto, dandelions, sports metaphors) that the reader really doesn’t get a good idea of what day-to-day life with Alzheimer
I abandoned this book. Got fifty pages in, and elected not to finish. This is a rare decision for me; I really dislike not finishing books. And I feel compelled to defend that decision, which was not easy to make.
This book is essentially a memoir by a person who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. As he wrote the book, he was in the “middle” stages of it.
I had a lot of reasons to read it: I work as an elder law attorney, and it’s good for me to be better acquainted with what my clie