NONFIC: Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoir by Wendy Mitchell

April: NonFiction Pick

Diagnosed at 58 with early onset Alzheimer’s, the fiercely independent and intelligent author

shares the heartrending story of her cognitive decline and how she has fought to stave it off. What lay ahead of her after the diagnosis was scary and unknowable, but Mitchell was determined and resourceful, and she vows to outwit the disease for as long as she can.

This is a  chronicle of one woman’s struggle to make sense of her shifting world and her mortality, and offers a powerful rumination on memory, perception, and the simple pleasure of living in the moment. Philosophical, poetic, intensely personal, and ultimately hopeful, this moving memoir is both a tribute to the woman Wendy Mitchell used to be and a brave affirmation of the woman she has become.

Elly

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