The Theft of Memory is an incredibly touching non-fiction book about the author, a National Book Award winner, dealing with his father’s dementia in his old age. The author was very honest about dementia and how it affected his father, without sugarcoating the struggle it was not only for his father, but for people around him as well.
The book also includes stories and anecdotes from the author’s very interesting academic family life. His father, son of Jewish-Russian immigrants, became a brilliant psychiatrist and met interesting people though out his life (including Nobel laureate playwright Eugene O’Neill). I really enjoyed the interfusions of his father’s life as a medical man with his old age life dealing with dementia. Kozol tenderly describes moments with his father that really brought him to life from the pages.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway, so a big thank you to the publishers for sending me this lovely book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in non-fiction dealing with family.