This Week on Well Read TV: Gerda Saunders Talks about MEMORY’S LAST BREATH

This week on Well Read, former associate director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah Gerda Saunders will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her memoir, Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia, released June 13. Diagnosed with cerebral microvascular disease, a precursor of dementia, at age 61, Saunders took to journaling about the disease’s impact on her brain and identity. These notes, collected over five years, produced her “deeply emotional and humbling memoir”—a feat Booklist reviewer Bridget Thoreson calls “a work of breathtaking defiance.” In the video clip above, Saunders discusses the power of words. “For me, the way of dealing with [dementia] is writing about it and, in that way, working through my feelings about it,” she says.

To watch her full conversation with Jaffe and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule and World Channel beginning this Friday, June 23—and, for more on Saunders’ experience, don’t miss this series of short films, produced by VideoWest.

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Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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