At Ease

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The voice of a young woman both optimistic and afraid reveals one family’s secret to staying strong as they watch a mind unravel: humor. At Ease offers an honest and raw glimpse of the sadness and frustration that Alzheimer’s brings, while revealing laughter, light, and levity as the saving graces for one family suddenly at war. More

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About Dianna Calareso

Dianna is a Nashville-based writer and editor. She earned her MFA at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and has been published widely online and in print. Her writing often reflects her love for family, cooking, and the ocean, and she considers the greatest writing reward to be a reader who says, "Thank you."

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Review by: Kellie Stokes on April 19, 2011 :
An honest and moving memoir of a woman coming to terms with the loss of her grandfather as he slowly loses his mind to alzheimer's. So many beautifully-narrated unforgettable images are overturned in this memoir--it is as if you are sitting on the living room floor with the author going through snapshots of her and her grandfather at different stages of his lucidity. A true love story, the kind that needs to be written for all families who struggle with dementia and mental illness.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kristen House on April 17, 2011 :
This lyrical and touching look at a family's struggle to cope with the gradual loss of their patriarch is both touching and inspirational. Unlike many books grappling with end-of-life issues, this one is not a downer. Author Dianna Calareso shows how humor can lift the most down-trodden spirits and even the most heartbreaking losses can help make a family feel at ease with each other. It's a must-read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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