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The Long Good Night: My Father's Journey into Alzheimer's [Hardcover]

By Daphne Simpkins (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.37" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2003
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802839711  
EAN  9780802839718  

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Item Description...
As more and more people are discovering, Alzheimer's disease is the worst kind of thief. Over time, it robs those who suffer from it of the treasure of their memories and the sharpness of their minds. In "The Long Good Night" Daphne Simpkins chronicles the slow, sometimes heartbreaking decline of her father from the disease, but also contradicts the prevailing opinion that caregivers can experience only suffering and chaos during this difficult season. As Simpkins writes about what she calls her father's "disappearing act," she illuminates the tremendous toll that this disease takes. "Alzheimer's doesn't happen to one person," she explains. "It claims the community of people who love the person with the disease. The care is constant, the demands profound." But her book is far more than a recounting of the long journey into the deep night of the disease. It is a loving memoir of a good father and a good man. It is a powerful portrait of a close family whose bonds are strained but ultimately strengthened by the challenge of caring for him. And, perhaps most surprisingly, it is a remarkably uplifting account of that experience. The grief in the tale that Simpkins tells is balanced by love, faith, hope and humor. The humor arises naturally, almost miraculously, out of the stories Simpkins tells, a series of vignettes about her family's daily life. Alzheimer's is admittedly a dark subject, but Simpkins brings as much natural light and levity to it as circumstances allow. "The Long Good Night" is "a memoir about love rather than an elegy about a disease," Simpkins says. It will give caregivers cause for honest hope, and its many other readers a wonderfully nuanced story of love and laughter amid the ruins of illness a story that both illuminates the tragedy of Alzheimer's and powerfully transcends it.

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More About Daphne Simpkins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daphne Simpkins has written over two hundred articles, essays and short stories which have been published in the United States and Canada in periodicals like The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Tropic Magazine, The Christian Century, the Christian Courier, Esprit, and many others. Named recently by MOSAIC magazine as a top speaker in the state, Daphne is an active member of The Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. She may be contacted at

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A Memoir of Magnitude  Dec 23, 2003
Someone has said, "It's easy to write. You just sit down at the keyboard and open a vein." Mrs. Simpkins opens a vein and her heart in "The Long Good Night." At the core of this heart the reader will re-discover a need and a secret. The need is love and the secret in love's definition. Absent of pride and praise, Simpkins simply tells the truth regarding her father's Alzheimer's and the telling demonstrates 1 Cor. 13 in action. The episode,indeed,is a long journey, a journey of pain and frustration. It is also a memoir of love, loyalty and laughter. So, take this journey with Ms Simpkins. Cross some narrow bridges. Pass through a tunnel or two. Encounter more than one detour. When "The Long Good Night" is over, bask in the Son shining through. There could be no better refreshment or reward.
The Long Good Night: My Father's Journey into Alzheimer's  Dec 15, 2003
A must read..... I couldn't put it down.... I laughed, I cried then laughed some more! Ms. Simpkins at her best!
I get it!  Oct 25, 2003
Ms. Simpkins has a real talant for storytelling and keeps the reader engaged throughout this journey. If you have a friend going through the struggles of dealing with Alzheimers, this book will give you a window into their new world, the good the bad and the ugly. If you have not experienced, it but know friends that have, you know how helpless you feel watching them in this new world, and you will be able to let them know that you are thinking about them and praying for them and above all -- you "get it."
heartwarming and inspirational  Oct 12, 2003
This book is a heartwarming story which spotlights the struggles of a family hit with the difficulty of alzheimers. Ms. Simpkins is able to engage the reader in laughter at the awkward moments the disease inevitably brings to life expereinces but she also enables us to feel the pain of her father's slipping away into another, unfaamiliar world. This is a must read for anyone whose home has been touched by this disease.

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