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Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Nicolas Bazan
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Book Description

Neuroscientist Alvaro Cruz finds himself haunted by a recurring dream of a banjo player in an elusive cornfield that leads him on a personal quest to uncover the mysterious past of a New Orleans street singer known as Una Vida. Stricken with Alzheimer's, Una Vida can only offer tantalizing clues about her past through her mesmerizing vocals, incredible recollection of jazz lyrics, and the occasional verbal revisiting of a fascinating life that's fading quickly and forever into the recess of her mind. As Cruz searches for Una Vida's true identity, he learns profound lessons about the human psyche, the nature of memory - and himself.

Una Vida is filled with delightful twists and unexpected turns, all centering around one of the greatest gifts New Orleans has offered the world - jazz. But the story will also deeply touch anyone who has had to witness the heartbreaking deterioration of a loved one's memory as it is consumed by the unforgiving encroachment of Alzheimer's.

In the end, Una Vida represents a triumph of the spirit and sends an intensely personal message of hope to the world even as scientists like Dr. Bazan continue the search for the answers to one of life's most devastating diseases.

"This mystical, deeply provocative novel portrays the anguish of Alzheimer's by contrast with the brilliance of the human brain in creating reality from dreams. Neuroscientist Alvaro Cruz embarks on a hero's journey that leads through the history of jazz, the alleys of New Orleans, the tortured imagination of Goya, and the labyrinth of the mind itself."

Leeza Gibbons, founder of Leeza's Place (for the families of Alzheimer victims)

Product Details

  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ) (January 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8ATK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 31, 2013
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This is one of my favorite stories. It belongs with The Alchemist, as another great spiritual journey. I was blown away by the insights into the mind and the universe and spirituality.
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