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TRYING TO REMEMBER is a powerful and timely book.  It will be a permanent part of the literature of Alzheimer's Disease.  Like all good books, and especially this one, it is against forgetting. --Thomas Lux, author of God Particles

...Crossman's structural curiosity has enabled her to articulate the mind of someone with Alzheimer's, both with its connections and deep disconnections. These poems are deeply moving and necessary. --Stuart Dischell, author of Backwards Days

...Crossman writes of the deterioration of her grandmother in free, formal and nonce forms, each expertly handled... fused poetic sensibility and scientific matter into an ineluctable memorial. --Michael Salcman, author of The Enemy of Good is Better

About the Author

Author, poet, and educator, Anne Crossman made her publishing debut with GETTING THE BEST OUT OF COLLEGE: A Professor, a Dean, and a Student Tell You How to Maximize Your Experience (Ten Speed Press, 2008), which now has a second edition on its way in 2012.  She has a third book forthcoming in 2011, STUDY SMART, STUDY LESS (a compact guide making learning fast, fun, and memorable by helping students identify and work to their study strengths). TRYING TO REMEMBER is her first book of poems.

After studying at Stanford and Duke Universities, earning a BA in English and a Certificate of Education, Anne began a career in education by teaching in public high schools, military barracks, and around kitchen tables to students ranging from academic underdogs to honor society prodigies.  Anne has taken time off from her day job to write  while raising a family with her husband in sunny California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Wood Press; 2nd edition (June 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557017327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557017324
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,726,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author, poet, and educator, Anne Crossman made her publishing debut with GETTING THE BEST OUT OF COLLEGE: Insider Advice for Success from a Professor, a Dean, and a Recent Grad (Ten Speed Press/Random House, 2008, 2012). Her third book was published in 2011 has earned significant national attention, STUDY SMART, STUDY LESS (Ten Speed Press/Random House) and she recently published her first book of poems, TRYING TO REMEMBER (a memoir about Alzheimer's).

After studying at Stanford and Duke Universities, earning a BA in English and a Certificate of Education, Anne began a career in education by teaching in public high schools, military barracks, and around kitchen tables to students ranging from academic underdogs to honor society prodigies. Anne has published work in the Washington Post, Nimrod: The International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Margie, and various nationally syndicated periodicals, and her work has been featured in USA Weekend, the Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers. Anne frequently makes guest appearances on the radio and various blogs and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please visit Anne's homepage for more information about her work or to contact her directly: http://www.AnneCrossman.com

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I recommend this book for everyone, whether you know someone with Alzheimer's or not.
Phoebe T. Skinner
It was neat being able to compare, and it certainly made me read the poems twice... almost like two books in one!
N. Jenks
This book brought both tears of joy and sorrow in surprising ways, just as Alzheimer's does.
Perry Harris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Mccord on June 29, 2009
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How can you laugh and cry about Alzheimer's at the same time? You can if Anne Crossman is sharing her experiences about her grandmother. I never knew what families go through when a loved one is afflicted with this dread disease. Now I do. Don't let the word "poetry" scare you. It just means the sentences are shorter and the whole thing is more fun to read ... and re-read.

Beverly McCord
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Jenks on July 13, 2009
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Amazingly, the poetic format makes this heavy topic more accessible. The author manages to bring a lighter side to a very serious experience, while at the same time addressing the sadness and difficulties associated with Alzheimer's. I found the ending where she addresses a number of the poems to be interesting, and I liked knowing the author's point of view AFTER I had already come up with my own. It was neat being able to compare, and it certainly made me read the poems twice... almost like two books in one! This book would be a nice gift to anyone who has experienced a friend or relative traveling the scary and at times lonely road of dementia or Alzheimer's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe T. Skinner on January 17, 2011
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When I first picked up this book I told myself that I had time to read one poem, and would read more that evening. After reading five poems I had to make myself set the book down. It's an amazing way to journey through such a tremendously heartbreaking disease. Presenting something so painful in poetry makes it easier to approach than reading a medical reference or the full story of someone suffering from the disease. I recommend this book for everyone, whether you know someone with Alzheimer's or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on May 21, 2011
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I am an internist and work with many elderly patients and families dealing with dementia. This book is an insightful, moving, beautifully crafted work - it captures so well the surprise, sorrow, fear and joy (yes, there can be joy) of living with and caring for a loved one with dementia. I see many families struggle with the unknown as they watch their loved one become a stranger. I wish I could send this book to each one of them to help them through this journey.
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