The Theft of Memory

The Theft of Memory

Losing My Father, One Day at A Time

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"House author Jonathan Kozol's deeply personal biography of his father, a brilliant neurologist who suffered from Alzheimer's.There are few writers of conscience who write as beautifully as Jonathan Kozol.Departing from the South Bronx and turning his sensitive eye to his own life and legacy, The Theft of Memory is Kozol's most personal book to date, as it explores the life of his father, Harry. Dr. Harry L. Kozol was a nationally-renowned neurologist whose work helped establish the emerging fields of forensic psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. He was a remarkable clinician with unusual capacity to diagnose and identify neurological and psychotic illnesses in highly complicated and sophisticated people, including well-known artists, writers, and intellectuals. Notably, in Eugene O'Neill's last years, the playwright moved to Boston so that he could live close to Kozol's father's office. In addition to his successful private practice in Boston, Kozol operated in a grim arena marked by extreme violence. But while his role as a forensic expert placed him in the public eye for high-profile criminal defendants such as Albert DeSalvo (the Boston Strangler) and Patty Hearst, he was--as his son articulates--"a healer of tormented people, not their judge, not their interrogator." With the same lyricism and clarity that have defined Kozol's acclaimed work on education for decades,The Theft of Memory intimately describes Harry's vibrant life, the challenges following his self-diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and the evolution of their relationship throughout. This unique biography will have a long shelf life as a moving portrait of an extraordinary man, a window into the heart of one of our nation's foremost education activists, and a frank examination of how we come to terms with caregiving"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804140997
0804140995
9780804140973
0804140979
9780804140980
Branch Call Number: 616.831 K8499T 2015
Characteristics: xi, 302 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 10, 2017

An extremely articulate memoir - in a way, this is a dual memoir. The award-winning author tells the story of his father's decline into Alzheimer's Disease, but the tale is rich with details from the equally intelligent approach of the father, a clinical psychologist who brought a remarkable amount of self-awareness into the initial stages of his own case. Even transcripts of later correspondence from the father to the son told here offer a fascinating view of the father's trained mind gradually losing its moorings. The book closes with a reflective essay on the process of memory itself, as now understood by neuroscience.

ukiosa Jul 07, 2015

Such a well written story of the end of Kozol's parents lives.

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