Monday, January 24, 2011

A new one and a giveaway: Strange Relation

Strange Relation 
A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia and Poetry
by Rachel Hadas


I won this one in a contest on Rose City Reader, and the publicist, Mary Bisbee-Beek is offering me three more copies to giveaway to readers.  It just arrived, and I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I'm taking it with me on vacation next week.  It sure looks like a winner.

Here's the publishing blurb: 

In 2005 Rachel Hadas's husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with dementia at age sixty-one. Neurodegenerative ailments are a murky matter; it isn't clear even now whether George was suffering from Alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal dementia. Nor is it possible to determine when the illness began its slow, insidious course.
Strange Relation is Rachel Hadas's account of "losing" George. She begins her narrative when George's illness can no longer be ignored, and ends it in 2008, soon after his move to a dementia facility (when, after thirty years of marriage, she finds herself no longer living with her husband). Along the way, she offers flashbacks and digressions that draw us into their lives.
Hadas wrote most of Strange Relation during the years when she was living in a zone of deepening silence. Literature was often her most faithful companion, so this is, in part, a book about the books and poetry (hers and others) that helped her live her life. Within the cloudy confines of those murky years, years when reading and writing were an essential part of what kept her going, she "tried to keep track . . . tried to tell the truth."
Rachel Hadas is a professor and writer, the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translation. Her recent publications include The River of Forgetfulness, Laws, Indelible, and Halfway Down the Hall: New & Selected Poems, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. She lives in Manhattan.

So here are the simple rules for entering:

  1. Leave me a comment telling me why you want to win. Be sure you include your email address. NO EMAIL, No ENTRY.
  2. Leave me another comment saying whether you're a follower or become a follower and tell me.
  3. Blog about this on your blog (sidebars are OK) and leave me the link to your post.
  4. I don't tweet or twitter, so you may leave one extra comment between now  and February 15th.  Just say "extra entry".  
  5. US addresses only - no PO Boxes.
  6. Deadline is 11:59PM February 23rd EST.

16 comments:

  1. My father has Alzheimer's and I would like to read this and then, depending on what I think of it, give it to my mom to read.
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  3. "extra entry"

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  4. My father and aunt had Alzheimer's and my husband's Parkinson's has resulted in memory problems and other issues. I think this might be a very helpful book for me to read. Please enter me to win.

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  5. I've been a follower for a long time now.

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  7. I'd love to read this one because I watched my mother slowly leave us due to dementia. It was terrible . . .

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  9. Extra entry.

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  10. I'd like to read this book because my grandmother suffered from alzheimer's and I feel empathy for anyone who has to cope with a loved one suffering this cruel disease. I'd also like to read about how Ms. Hadas got through this.

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  13. This looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  14. follower via GFC
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  15. I would like to read this since it resonates with me. My father-in-law had early onset Alzheimers many years ago before they even knew much about this disease. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I am very interested in this book and have read several about this topic which is sad but part of life. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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