Book Review: Her Beautiful Brain

Both of my grandmothers suffered from brain dementia for many years before passing, so Ann Hedreen’s memoir, titled “Her Beautiful Brain” about her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s both felt deeply personal and shed new and important light for me on what my own grandmothers had gone through. Hedreen is unflinching in describing her mother’s decline, and in her own varied responses to it, but the love and compassion she holds for her mother is in each word. I left the book with a strong sense of the amazing woman in whose body this beautiful brain resided, and the layers of loss associated with a disease which impacts so many and about which far too little is understood.

 

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