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This is a story beautifully told and without false sentimentality which would ruin it. Excellent! -- Ian Ruxton, Kitakyushu, Japan; English instructor, co-author & translator of Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan; Lulu Press, 2/4/05

Using believable characters, the author leads us through a variety of emotions and insights about the human condition. -- Matthew Blevins; poet, author of Celebrations of Being; Lulu Press, 2/16/05

About the Author

Appreciating the written word from childhood, Bonnie Turner began her career while in high school, writing poetry that helped bridge and soothe her confusing teens years. With no formal writing lessons, teaching herself to think on paper has been a long but satisfying struggle for this author.

From Turner's early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). After the book was published, she visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and passing out 'polar bear' hugs along with her autograph.

Born and raised in Independence, Missouri, Bonnie Turner was transplanted to Wisconsin in 1984, where she continues work on two other novels.


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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Aurorawolf Books (Bonnie Turner) (November 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IYFFHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bonnie Turner -- one of the few remaining members of the Greatest Generation -- was born on Halloween in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression.

Currently residing in Wisconsin, she is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Her interests are many and varied, including astronomy, geography, history, yoga, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and parapsychology. She's a self-educated jack-of-all-trades, a Mensa *almost*, a classical music and jazz fusion aficionado.

Turner's favorite authors include: Mark Twain, James A. Michener, poets Robert Service and Edgar A. Guest. Some favorite books: Giants in the Earth (O.E. Rolvaag), Steamboat Gothic (Frances Parkinson Keyes), Chesapeake (Michener), the epic poem, The Odyssey of Homer, and Harvest Home (Thomas Tryon). Favorite genres: historical fiction, young-adult fiction, literary fiction, humor, Americana, mainstream, commercial -- almost anything except violent, gory tales.

Turner learned to read in first grade from the famed "Dick and Jane" readers. Many years later, her first novel for children (The Haunted Igloo) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. After that book was published, she visited grade schools with a life-sized, handmade Inuit doll, encouraging students to keep reading and writing -- and offering polar bear hugs along with her autograph.

Among her favorite fan letters are these gems: "Mrs. Turner, I'll give you a million dollars for this book!"; "Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you for getting me out of sixth hour!!!"; "Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you from all the lead in my pencil!"

What great kids, those middle-grade students!

Please visit Bonnie Turner's web page: http://my.athenet.net/~aurorawolf




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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Albrecht Jr. on July 13, 2006
Twelve year old Buzz Collins thought so, but he was wrong.

Everything started when Buzz's grandpa, Baxter Collins moved in. Grandpa Collins, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease was going to be sharing a room with Buzz for the summer. Buzz really didn't like the idea of this at first. He found grandpa quite annoying. Grandpa seemed to go off into his own little world at times, or as Buzz would say, "Driving away in the Alzheimer". Every night, grandpa would count aimlessly until he fell asleep "4...7...2...". Buzz wanted to cure his grandpa's Alzheimer's... he had an idea.

I read this book in one sitting. It seemed as if the pages were turning themselves.

-John Albrecht Jr.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2005
This was a wonderful book, I really enjoyed it, I read the first 70 pages all at once!! I didn't want to stop reading. This story was both sad and funny. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a truly wonderful tale of life and families and the changes they sometimes have to go through.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Chaudoir on April 21, 2005
This one is a tear-jerker, as I found myself emotionally engrossed, staying up all night long to read the book in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.

This book realistically exemplifies what happens to many people as they age, and the life and love and letting go that families go through together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good heart-warming family story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soph on March 16, 2011
I could not put the book down. I read it in one sitting. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The story is a real page-turner, the characters are brilliantly drawn. It's truly an amazing novel. I only wish I had discovered it sooner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fascinatingbooks on May 1, 2012
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A must-read for anyone that has ever or will ever deal with the problems of caring for an elder with cognitive impairment. I didn't find the story sad due to the courage, support and love all the family members showed in times of crisis. Each of them might have been flawed but they still were able to pull together and find a way to cope.

Even with a disease that can rob an elder of dignity the author gave the grandfather his own special brand of value and charm without down playing the very difficult of job of caring for someone that isn't able to see to his own needs anymore. It wasn't grim, it wasn't sappy .... it was magnificent and inspiring. If I could have given this book ten stars I would have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on February 23, 2011
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Down The Memory Hole is one I found hard to put down. The author hits the frustrations of dealing with Alzheimer's head on, from the lack of knowledge of the condition, the pain of being afflicted with it, to the lack of help from family members who are not in the household.

Buzz is a typical kid who ends up sharing his room with Grandpa who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the learning process, outlook, and adventures shared over the summer gives us a heartwarming family story that could happen to any of us, a very good book that I would recommend for anyone whether dealing with Alzheimer's or not, you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sanderson on January 27, 2011
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Very good perspective of the strain of Alzheimers on the family,the teenagers in the home and their relationship to the AZ victim vs balance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on June 9, 2012
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Down the Memory Hole is not a book for Young Adult readers-it is an excellent novel for all readers. The storyline and each of the characters continues to develop, expand and intrigue at a pace to hold young readers, yet with a depth to keep older readers turning pages. The novel presents a unique view of Alzheimer's Disease through the eyes of a young boy forced to share his room with his confused, frail, and failing grandfather. Under these tragic conditions, one would expect a depressing ending, but Ms. Turner cleverly turns the story on simple plot point to give the reader an overall wonderful, heartwarming experience.
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