Before I Forget by Michael Shnayerson audiobook

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's

By B. Smith and Dan Gasby , with Michael Shnayerson
Read by B. Smith and Dan Gasby

Random House Audio
8.12 Hours 1
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“I know where I’m going. I’m still myself. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I’ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy—not that. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now.”   Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient.  She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.   B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.   At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. With a foreword by Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

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Summary

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“I know where I’m going. I’m still myself. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I’ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy—not that. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now.”
 
Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient.  She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.
 
B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.
 
At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope.


With a foreword by Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

What an amazing couple and what an amazing book! It is medically and scientifically accurate, and yet places this devastating disease in the context of a beautiful and intimate relationship. We must do better as a community, in our families and within our government in responding to this disease. African-Americans are especially called upon to get more involved in the research as this disease disproportionately impacts us. Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General of the United States
B. and her husband Dan made it to the top by breaking through societal barriers. Now they are facing down her heart- breaking diagnosis and fighting to live each day with love and dignity. Read Before I Forget to understand how Alzheimer’s tests both patient and family. Admire their courage, honesty, and how they use their celebrity to advocate for research and prevention. Meryl Comer, president of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative and author of Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's
"Before I Forget, Dan Gasby's valentine to his wife, B. Smith, courageously lifts the veil that shields those with Alzheimer's. It is moving testimony to the power of love and the true meaning of what "in sickness and health" really means. Before I Forget is, quite simply, unforgettable. George and Trish Vradenburg, Co-Founders, USAgainstAlzheimer's
A brave and important story, told with candor, love and useful information. Before I Forget offers a real glimpse into what Alzheimer’s actually looks like in a loved one, and sheds a hopeful light on why this disease needs much more research, funding, and attention. Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actor and author of Where the Light Gets In
"...An enduring love story. Publishers Weekly starred review
“What an amazing couple and what an amazing book! It is medically and scientifically accurate, and yet places this devastating disease in the context of a beautiful and intimate relationship. We must do better as a community, in our families, and within our government in responding to this disease. African Americans are especially called upon to get more involved in the research as this disease disproportionately impacts us.” Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general of the United States
“The vulnerability, courage, and honesty in Before I Forget are heart-opening. Fear can be paralyzing…yet B. and Dan beautifully demonstrate that there is a different way to approach this stealthy invader. Alzheimer’s needs to come out of the shadows, and this book is an important step.” Maria Shriver
“An important story, told with utter honesty. With Alzheimer’s, all of us are at risk, though for reasons no one quite understands yet, African Americans are especially vulnerable—a message this book conveys powerfully. Before I Forget is a deeply personal call to arms.” Harry Belafonte, singer, songwriter, and social activist

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Shnayerson

Author Bio: Michael Shnayerson

Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, is the author of Irwin Shaw, The Car That Could, The Killers Within, and Coal River, which recounted the efforts of Appalachian lawyers and grassroots groups to stop the devastating practice of mountaintop coal removal in southern West Virginia. His passion for those environmental activists contributed to Harry Belafonte choosing him to collaborate on his autobiography. Shnayerson has been a reporter at the Santa Fe Reporter, a staff writer for Time, and a consulting editor at Conde Nast Traveler. His book The Car That Could was named one of the best business books of 1996 by BusinessWeek. He lives in Bridgehampton, New York, with his daughter.

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Author Bio: B. Smith

Author Bio: B. Smith

B. Smith is a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania and faced with what would be for most insurmountable obstacles, Barbara “B.” Smith was one of the first supermodels. She wrote three highly acclaimed cookbooks and over a twenty-eight-year period founded three successful restaurants, while also launching a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. She is still the only African American woman with home products distributed exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. She is also a recipient of numerous national and local awards for helping those in need.

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Author Bio: Dan Gasby

Author Bio: Dan Gasby

Dan Gasby has been a television media sales executive and a televison producer for both network and syndicated programs. He helped publish and launch B. Smith’s eponymous magazine and helped cofound her lifestyle retail brand.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 8.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English