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All the Dancing Birds [Kindle Edition]

Auburn McCanta
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lillie Claire Glidden is unraveling. She knows she’s in trouble when she finds her wallet and keys deep in the refrigerator, smelling of lettuce and forgetfulness. And not even her favorite California red wine can dull the pain of the dreaded diagnosis: Alzheimer’s.

As language starts to fail her and words disappear, Lillie Claire is determined to find a way to pass on the lessons she learned as a child on a Southern porch. Surrounded by family and caregivers, she fights to hold on to the details of her life, and to recognize the woman in the mirror for as long as possible.

Told from Lillie Claire’s perspective, All the Dancing Birds offers beautiful and terrifying insight into the secret mind of those touched—and ultimately changed—by the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Marcanti Clarke Literary Press (August 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VI1KGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I laughed, I cried ... " and I understood September 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I write this before I've come to the end of the book. It is, as I wrote on facebook and about another writer's book read just before I read Auburn McCanta's book, a "small" in size book. Yet, I can't read it straight through .. because my heart laughs and my eyes cry with all that happens as we age or that sometimes happens even while we are young.

My aunt (of blessed memory) lived with and died as a result of a form of dementia. What my uncle and cousins went through was so horrible - and yet, we laughed sometimes -- to ease the stress and because sometimes what happens is funny.

As we hear Alzheimer's inside-out from the words of Lillie Claire, we experience life as it was known and as what was known slips away. We experience -- and we do experience by reading -- how her adult children manage their relationships with their mother and with each other.

I will finish "All The Dancing Birds" and yet, I'd like to stay stuck in chapter 1 with Lillie Claire still more lucid than not and wave my magic wand - as I would over anyone with this terrible, awful disease - and make her healthy again.

Beautifully written and with "instructions" (by example of the characters) of how to live a life that changes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous May 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At first I wasn't sure about this book, and not because the writing isn't competent (it is more than competent; it is completely luminous), or that I didn't care about the narrator who has Alzheimer's (are you kidding? I wanted her for my mom).

It's a silly reason, actually, but here it is: I couldn't see how just one voice/narrator, and a grand total of three somewhat peripheral characters (as it turns out, because we don't spend much time with them) would be enough to sustain a whole book (and me, who loves boatloads of characters and plot arcs intersecting plot arcs).

Well, what do I know? I was not only sustained, I was transported, and by 2am (when I should've been sleeping in prep for an early morning call), I was changed.

No spoilers here. Suffice to say that Auburn McCarta (an award-winning writer, and this book also picked up a recent award) is amazingly gifted. She moved me. She made me grateful for her work. She made heartbreaking moments exquisitely felt, but she also made me laugh, and she gave me understanding, too (those who know me know that my husband was also a victim of dementia). She made me want to buy a hundred copies of her book and give them all away, so everybody can feel and understand what this story evokes, that's how important I think McCarta and All the Dancing Birds are.

I hope this novel gets the promotion it needs and so richly deserves. I hope it's put in every library, and out there on every blog, and that it's not constantly compared to Lisa Genova's Still Alice (also about a woman with Alzheimer's--and Genova promoted Still Alice like nobody's business), because we don't need to compare the two. Yes, they share a focus, but they are different stories, very differently constructed. I highly recommend the beautifully wrought All the Dancing Birds--it's a story that will stay with me for a long, long time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective August 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A wonderful book, written from the perspective of the woman figuring out how to deal with the onset of Alzheimer's, which is a new take on such a terrifying and cruel disease. I couldn't put the book down, and can't wait to pass it on to my friends and family, especially those who are dealing with the care of a loved one with this awful disease. I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't dealing with this's a human story, a story that everyone will be able to relate to, from one perspective or another.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Way to Look at Alzheimers August 20, 2012
This author has taken an unusual approach to a difficult topic. Rarely do you see a work of fiction written with such heart and lyricism as this one. Instead of the usual third party prose about watching a loved one descend into Alzheimers, this book shows you a first person view from the inside. At once charming and deeply affecting, this unique work of literary art will not leave you unchanged.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Birds a Must Read April 17, 2013
By sparky
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
From the first page to the last, I was intrigued by All the Dancing Birds. As a former full time caregiver for my mom and aunt, both of whom suffered from dementia, I recognized all the little signs of the failing mind. This book is unique in that it is written--beautifully and lyrically--from the viewpoint of Lillie Claire, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As we watch her condition worsen, we see it all from her perspective. She is aware of what is happening and laments the loss of her words.
This is a poignant, heart-warming, and inspiring story. I laughed and cried as I became attached to Lillie Claire and her family. I could see a little of myself in each of the characters, and because of that, I was wrapped up in their struggles and in the moments of joy and clarity that punctuated the deadly disease.
I truly wish I'd read this before my mom and aunt began their declines. Perhaps I could have helped and understood a little more.
All the Dancing Birds should be required reading for every family victimized by Alzheimer's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Jmo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Story is told from the unique viewpoint of the patient--Lillie Claire. The author very cleverly weaves Lillie Claire's life before alzheimers into the story via letters she wrote her children before the disease. McCanta's descriptions throughout the book are so vivid that even if you never actually experienced it--you will think you have after reading it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written descriptive story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse into Alzheimer’s
This novel is a work of fiction told in the first person perspective, it's the memoir of Lillie Claire Glidden literally losing her mind. Read more
Published 19 days ago by MoH
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
Maybe because my mom had Dementia and recently passed away, but I felt like I could finally relate to what she must have been going thru. I think it would help a lot of people.
Published 22 days ago by Jackie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been
While I did enjoy All the Dancing Birds, I felt like it wasn't as compelling as it could have been. It felt like it was really light on the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jen in Bookland
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet
I tell myself that I should walk away from reading this book.. only to find myself being drawn back to the beautiful prose of the author's words. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Alzheimer if that's possible
I work in a memory care facility and have wondered what the residents might be feeling or going through. Reading this story is what I think they must feel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse inside - done beautifully
As a hospice volunteer, I was delighted to find a book with a main character dealing with Alzheimer's. Ms. McCanta had me nodding, laughing, and crying throughout the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CarolB
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters and a well thought of storyline.
I got to love this woman and felt her pain and confusion as her mind slowly fades away Great novel. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
This book was one of those surprise finds at the library. I was so moved by it that I recommended it to many people, especially those that have ever dealt with alzheimers.
Published 2 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
Being a daughter and neice of alzheimer patients I had to read this book. It was written in such a loving story and really dove into the mind of someone with this disease. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Buffy
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Read
This is a stunning story written from inside the mind of a woman experiencing early onset Alzheimers. Read more
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