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The Geography of Memory

The Geography of Memory

A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's

by Jeanne Murray Walker

"...a child-adult memoir of grace, poignancy, and rich compassion."—Philip Yancey

"One of the most beautiful books I've ever read."—Paula Huston

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About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother's long passage into dementia.

Gifts from My Mother: A Q&A with Jeanne Murray Walker

Gifts from My Mother: A Q&A with Jeanne Murray Walker

"Taking care of my mother during her Alzheimer's years left me with gifts that surely would not have come to me any other way."

Praise for The Geography of Memory

Praise for The Geography of Memory

"I read this book, mesmerized, wondering my way through this deeply moving portrait of a mother, a daughter, a family." What poet Luci Shaw and many others are saying about The Geography of Memory.

The Geography of Memory: Read an Excerpt

The Geography of Memory: Read an Excerpt

"Even after Mother was almost incapable of talking, she was teaching me about life and death. What she had to teach was not always what I wanted to learn."

Author Website

Author Website

Visit Jeanne Murray Walker's website here.

Faith and the Alzheimer's Journey

Faith and the Alzheimer's Journey

Jeanne Murray Walker

What happens when we're caring for a parent whose faith we have rejected?

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Someone Else Will Dress You: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's

Someone Else Will Dress You: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's

Kyle Roberts

While it perhaps shouldn't be a surprise, one still feels fortunate to come across a contemporary memoir that reads like literature. Murray Walker draws the reader slowly toward her life and consciousness-as if gently coaxing us into a coming tragedy. 

Mapping Our Lives

Mapping Our Lives

Elizabeth Nordquist

I am grateful for Jeanne Murray Walker, whose story honestly, quietly, but deeply demonstrates in her book the movement of Spirit for any present crisis, for redeeming all past locations, and for a future of hope.

No Easy Answers

No Easy Answers

Bruce Epperly

While Walker does not claim to be a theologian, the text is permeated by reflections on God's presence in situations of loss and limitation. There are no easy answers here, nor should theological reflection ever prefer ease over struggle.

Abundance, Absence, Memory and Faith

Abundance, Absence, Memory and Faith

Ellen Painter Dollar

Walker has written a story about Alzheimer's, yes, and about her mother, and about her. But fundamentally, it is a story about memory and faith-about times when they surround and buoy us, and times when they evade our reach.

The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Rebecca Hamilton

The Geography of Memory is as much a book on the lost art of courageous child-rearing as it is a book about the slow declines of old age. 

Laying My Grief To Rest

Laying My Grief To Rest

Paula Huston

Reading A Geography of Memory has helped me lay my grief to rest in a way that no other book has ever done.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Kathy Schiffer

The Geography of Memory struck a chord with me, drawing me into myself, forcing me to confront my own eventual frailty in spite of the frenetic pace of my life today. 

Memory Reboot

Memory Reboot

M. Michael Morse

This book is not only about the geography of memory being lost, but also of memory being refreshed and brought into bold relief for a whole family. 

 
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