Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

"Khong's vibrant, quirky book - about a young woman who moves home for a year when her father's Alzheimer's begins to worsen - really does sneak up on you.  Parts are funny, parts are sweet, and parts are lump-in-the-throat sad.  But overall, this is the kind of book that reminds you that life is a collection of moments.  It's a meditation on the importance and meaning of memory, and family, and rolling with the punches when life suddenly takes a turn for the weird.  I definitely liked this book... and then, all of a sudden, I loved it."  -Recommended by Erika

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781250109163
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 11th, 2017

A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man's pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Howard's wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. Freshly disengaged from her fiance and still broken up about it, feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year- old Ruth quits her job, and arrives home to find her parents situation worse than she'd realized. Her father is erratically lucid and her mother, a devoted and creative cook, sees the sources of memory loss in every pot and pan. But as Howard's condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth's situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief. She throws herself into caretaking: cooking dementia-fighting meals (a feast of jellyfish ), researching supplements, anything to reignite her father's once-notable memory. And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her father's handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far.