Tangles A Story About Alzheimer s My Mother and Me In this powerful memoir Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer s disease transformed her mother Midge and her family forever In spare black and white drawings and clear candid prose Sarah shares her

  • Title: Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me
  • Author: Sarah Leavitt
  • ISBN: 9781551111179
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this powerful memoir Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer s disease transformed her mother, Midge, and her family forever In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family s journey through a harrowing range of emotions shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness In this powerful memoir Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer s disease transformed her mother, Midge, and her family forever In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family s journey through a harrowing range of emotions shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness Midge, a Harvard educated intellectual, struggles to comprehend the simplest words Sarah s father, Rob, slowly adapts to his new role as full time caretaker, but still finds time for wordplay and poetry with his wife Sarah and her sister Hannah argue, laugh, and grieve together as they join forces to help Midge Tangles confronts the complexity of Alzheimer s disease, and ultimately releases a knot of memories and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart Provided by publisher.

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    1. Tangles is a fiercely personal and beautiful and of course sad graphic memoir focused on the author's relationship with her mother and the journey she and their family take after her mother, Midge, is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. This is Leavitt's first book, and it deals with Midge and her sister, Midge's two daughters, and her husband. It is, as you might expect, two parts heart-wrenching, with a little dash of humor and a few cups of rage and several parts fascinating as Le [...]

    2. I love this book! I tend to be drawn toward the form of the graphic memoir, and this was not what I was expecting, but I appreciated the emotional honesty, humor and clear-eyed presence with devastating loss. There is something very simple about the book. Here is a writer who wants to hold onto time as her mother declines, knows that soon her mother will be gone, and the only way she can think to hold onto this 'time', these moments with her mother, is to keep a journal of their daily life.The b [...]

    3. 4/5 I read this intense graphic memoir for the first time only a week after I had heard about it from a friend (thanks, Dov). Then I reread it a few days later. But I couldn’t bring myself to write about it then. True, I’m always a dozen or so reviews behind, but I had thought this book would be easy to review. I knew how I felt about it (I loved it); I knew what I wanted to say (see review below). As it turned out, I’m thinking I waited these three and a half months because the wait gave [...]

    4. I'm going to feel bad about giving this two stars because this is someone's painful story they are sharing with you. Unfortunately, I really started to resent how long this book felt. Each page consisted of so many panels and I wasn't feeling anything as it went on when I should have. How could I not care about the author and her family as they dealt with their mom having Alzheimer's? It should have worked but I couldn't quite put my finger on why I wasn't feeling any emotions toward this story. [...]

    5. Sitting down to read the first pages, I'm forcing myself to go more slowly, to absorb the wonderful details and deeply moving story. So far I've found myself re-reading certain pages because I'm just so moved by them, and so fascinated very excited to add more comments after I'm done savouring this wonderful work.After finishing the book:One might assume that a book about a family's journey through Alzheimer's would be one sad story and nothing more. In the case of Tangles, they would be very wr [...]

    6. The last graphic memoirs I read were Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother?, making my expectations for this work unusually high. For one, I was disappointed upon opening the book to see that the art is simplistic at best. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised that despite their lack of depth, they still contributed to the meaning and sentiment of the book a great deal.In this story daughter Sarah recounts her mother’s slow ascent into Alzheimer’s disease. I picked up this book because [...]

    7. Ever since reading Still Alice, I've been fascinated by early onset Alzheimer's, and I really liked this graphic novel. The art is not why you would read this book - very simple black and white sketches, but the honesty and pain shines through. This memoir is told in short story/vignettes form, and sheds light on the effects of this disease on the patient and their family. Well worth the read.

    8. I have often wondered while reading memoirs or something very personal: How do the authors manage to put all this down to paper? All the hurt, the anguish, the memory of it all, on paper for others to read. I do not know how they must feel to put it down – to go through those memories all over again, so they can tell it to the world. I am sure though it must not be easy to do that. This thought crossed my mind as I finished reading, “Tangles – A Story about Alzheimer’s, my mother and me [...]

    9. This is one of those graphic novels that transcends its art. At first glance, the art looks unimpressive, to say the least. But Leavitt quickly sucks you into the story. She focuses on her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's, yes, but we also get to peek in on Leavitt's own personal journey, relationships with her sisters, romantic life, and vacations. I ate it up in less than a day (granted, I was on a reading vacation), and quickly warmed to the amateurish art. In some ways, the very basic figu [...]

    10. Absolutely heartbreaking, this book surprised me in the best of ways. I didn't expect to cry so much while reading a "graphic memoir," nor did I expect to laugh so much while reading about Alzheimer's. This is a beautiful representation of Leavitt's life and family, and it's made me think about my relationships with my mother and grandmother in new ways. I really feel like this should be a must-read.

    11. A marvelous graphic novel about the journey through alzheimer's that the author makes with her mother. Sparsely told and illustrated. Powerful.

    12. I'd like to think I won't ever have to go acknowledge Alzheimer's in my lifetime, but it truly helps to read about the lives of those affected by this horrible disease. Thank you Sarah for sharing your life with us. It does make a difference.

    13. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Neither the graphic format, nor the subject matter of Alzheimer's Disease are very familiar to me but this did not matter. I found the book much more accessible than any other graphic novel/memoir I have tried and there was so much I found within it's pages that I could relate to. I found the uncluttered style of drawing helped me to dive right in where I have hesitated with others in this format. The story is of course so sad and very movingly told indeed, but al [...]

    14. A very harrowing series of vignettes in the progress of a terrible disease. The other book I read about Alzheimer's, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, doesn't take us all the way to the end and the tragic wasting away and death of a human being, so that part of this book was really rough. Tangles is told from the point of view of a family member left behind, the afflicted's daughter. Still Alice is told in first person format from the afflicted's point of view and is a very different experience, albei [...]

    15. Title / Author / Publication Date: Leavitt, S. (2012). Tangles: A story about Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me. New York: Skyhorse Publishing Books.Genre: Non-Fiction, MemoirFormat: PaperbackPlot summary: Although this book is written for an older audience than 10-12 year olds, it’s a unique book in the small world of literature on Alzheimer’s and one that should be included in any catalog. For those individuals who are reluctant readers or more visual learners Tangles is the perfect book beca [...]

    16. I'm going to just get real with this review, when I picked it up to read it the other day, I thought about it compared to other graphic memoirs I have read as of late. In that context, the art seemed minimal, and perhaps the text too much. I quickly read through the first third of this book without feeling a lot. I wasn't even sure I would give it more than three stars when I was half way through. Here's the crux, it got so hard to read, so uncomfortable, as in this book gave me the discomfort o [...]

    17. This is a sparse and emotionally-packed graphic novel memoir. Sarah Leavitt's mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and it changes their family forever. It's a harrowing read. I did not especially enjoy this book. The subject matter is a little too close to home for me right now. The book reads like a graphic novel by someone who's not really an artist - which is fine, but maybe the line drawings distracted me a bit from the poignancy and emotional duress of the narrative. I really liked [...]

    18. I heard Sarah Leavitt on CBC radio, talking about this graphic memoir about her mother's journey with Alzheimer's. Not one who tends towards the graphic books section of Chapters, I couldn't really imagine how Leavitt would be able to tell this story in both images and words. I needn't have hesitated. This book is truly amazing - Leavitt captures the poignancy, frustration, and deep sadness that accompanies the decline of her beloved mother as a result of this cruel disease. The images add immen [...]

    19. This review was deleted following 's purchase of GoodReads. The review can still be viewed via LibraryThing, where my profile can be found here.I'm also in the process of building a database at Booklikes, where I can be found here.If you read/liked/clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

    20. In her graphic novel, Sarah Leavitt tackles the story of her mother's Alzheimer's. This is an honest and sad book that shares the debilitating nature of the disease. Leavitt shares the harsh realities, along with some funny memories. She is fully honest about what happens and is very brave to be able to share this story. I think a lot of people could benefit from this book, which made me cry. Sad that I missed Sarah at Edmonton's Litfest this year.

    21. The librarian said, “Oh, this looks beautiful” as she handed it over. I nodded, carried it home, and read it in one sitting. The tears waited until I closed the back cover. A graphic novel about a mother’s deterioration into the depths of Alzheimer’s ain’t a cozy book, my friends. But it’s a good, important, eye-opening one. From The Books that Made Us Ugly-Sob at Book Riot.

    22. This was a graphic novel that had a wonderful and sad story attached to it. The author tells the story of her mother, who was once a kind hearted, fun woman who got inflicted with Alzheimer's. The book can be a bit graphic at times, but it is always very real. I truly enjoyed both the illustrations as well as the story that I was taken on.

    23. A beautiful and quirky memoir of the author's love for her mother from childhood and through all the stages of early onset Alzheimer's, illustrated in pen and ink, comic book style drawings. If you have a loved one with dementia, this book is the most readable one I have read.(Caution, if you have young children around: some of the drawings are not what you would want them to see.)

    24. Good story. It's gnarly. I didn't really enjoy the art that much. I know the artist was telling a life story, but it felt like something was missing the entire time I read it. Maybe it was supposed to feel that way. I don't know.

    25. Heartbreaking, sometimes funny, true story of how the author's mother gets Alzheimer's disease. Often intense to read, which means the cartoon style works really well to portray emotions. Recommended. I hope to read more by this author/artist.

    26. Oh! So beautifully written and drawn. And so much of it was so familiar from my experiences. Read it in one sitting - unless you count a break to refill my cup of tea - whilst away for the weekend when I had the peace and quiet to immerse myself in it. This is going to be a book I keep and re-read.

    27. Review published: chronicbibliophilia.wordpressIn "Tangles", Sarah Leavitt writes about "Alzheimer's, my mother, and me". "Tangles" is a graphic memoir, of sorts, in which Leavitt tries to unpack the heartache and frustrations of watching her strong, independent, witty mother disappear and eventually die from early-onset Alzheimer's.Leavitt's drawings feel like sketches - they often lack detail and stray from realism to a more cartoonish bent. Likewise, Leavitt's writing is often sketched; her p [...]

    28. Heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, and heart-warming. A brutally honest and bare tribute and testament to familial bonds and the process of grief, of losing someone each day right before your eyes. I had a professor once say, "No one has any right to judge someone who's grieving, so don't you dare make that mistake. Everyone handles it in their own way, do not judge that." We don't handle dying, death, or grief well in our individualistic society--we don't know how to talk about it with each other [...]

    29. Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir takes the reader into her mother’s slide into Alzheimers during her fifties. The story is told in roughly chronological order from her mother’s first puzzling symptoms to her eventual death. During that time, the author comes out, and her partner Donimo joins the clan. The Leavitt family is a close and loving one, with an intact heterosexual marriage and two grown daughters. Deeply honest, this book takes us through the heartbreak of losing your mother to thi [...]

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