|Published August 15, 2013.|
I chose to read it because it fits in with a category of books that I have labeled "dementia memoirs." I value reading about the challenges and opportunities of hanging onto a relationship affected by Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.
Goodman focuses her memoir around the six years that her father, Ross Ward, lived with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Her account discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and progression through the major stages of the disease. It serves as a valuable road map for caregivers.
Even though there are some similarities from one dementia memoir to another, each account shows how the journey is unique to each person and their loved ones.
In the pages of her memoir, Goodman introduces us to her nonconformist father who is driven to create. He has spent decades drawing, painting and sculpting. He spent some time on the road, painting for carnivals. However, his major work took form as a miniature town dubbed "Tinkertown." Ward carved the inhabitants and set up a roadside museum that is still in operation in New Mexico, just north of Albuquerque.
I received a copy of Leaving Tinkertown from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.