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Down the Memory Hole by [Turner, Bonnie]
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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.


Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IYFFHY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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Caring for an elderly person with Alzheimer's is no easy task; nor is writing about it from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy. Well done, Bonnie Turner for giving us this remarkable story about Buzz Collins who resents having to share not only his bedroom but his life with the grandfather who no longer remembers him, nor his parents or sister. Tough lessons to be learned here, the toughest about coming to terms with a disease for which there is no cure, only acceptance. A good read for middle school through adulthood.
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By J. murphy on September 19, 2012
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This is a great story for anyone to read, My son is currently reading it,and he's not a big reader in general. If it keeps his attention,it's definitely well written!
The basic story of a 12 year old boy,and his family,including Grampa with alzheimers is so moving. It's also intelligently written so that a boy of similiar age can read it,and feel empathy for the characters. I highly recommend this to any age readers! (the part with Grampa in the bath is both hilarious and sad all at the same time, from a 'real kids' point of view)
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This is a touching look at a family dealing with a parent/grandparent with Alzheimers. It is seen through the eyes of the grandson who must share his room with his ailing grandfather. Although the topic may at first glance seem depressing, the author imbues the story with action, wit and humour. Loved it!
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