Title: Tangles – A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me

Author: Sarah Leavitt

Pages: 127 Pages

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

The Blurb

What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge–and her family–forever.

(GOODREADS BLURB)

The Review

Tangles is truly heartbreaking. In a lot of books Alzheimer’s is relegated to a subplot, on that has an impact on the protagonist but doesn’t really determine the rest of the story but Leavitt puts the story front and centre. 

What makes it all the more of a gut punch is that it is a true story. Leavitt bleeds her pain on the page. She does not hide any of the hard parts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family going through the early stages of this with a loved on then I would advice staying away from this book. It is so very good but the reality of Alzheimer’s may be a bit too tough to handle.

Leavitt really did lay it all out on the page. She doesn’t sugar coat her own reactions, she doesn’t paint herself the hero. She shows the ugly side of dealing with it and she should be completely proud of bearing it all on the page. 

Tangles – A Story about Alzheimers, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Leavitt (@sarahleavittcbc) please visit abc.ca/montreal.

For more information regarding Jonathan Cape (@JonathanCape) please visit www.vintage-books.co.uk.

Title: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Author: Helen Fielding

Pages: 217 Pages

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

The Blurb

8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?

9.45 P.M. It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach.

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump

(Amazon blurb)

The Review

In 2000-and-something I bought a DVD player and the first DVD I borrowed (yes borrowed) from my local library was Bridget Jones’s Diary. I had never read the book but I decided that I wanted to watch the movie. This is quite unusual for me. I tend to make sure I read the book first and then watch the film. Not this time though.

I loved the movie. I think every single woman (as I was at the time) had a soft spot for Bridget. She was the embodiment of all our relationship/life fears. Needless to say, I grabbed the book as soon as I could and I was…disappointed. I can honestly say that, for me, this was a strange case of movie better than the book.

Not this time though folks. I have made sure that I read Bridget Jones’s Baby before the film and you know what? It is bloody fantastic.

These classic characters have come back to life and it is great to read more of the crazy adventures of Bridget pre-Mad About the Boy which I still refuse to accept as the truth (yes, listen up Helen Fielding).

I can honestly say that Bridget Jones’s Baby had me laughing out-loud much to the funny looks of those around me. Bridget retains her wonderful sense of hopeful hopelessness. It is wonderful and definitely worth the read. Make sure the next generations of “singletons” get your worn out copies.

Bridget Jones’s Baby by Helen Fielding is available now.

For more information regarding Jonathan Cape (@JonathanCape) please visit www.vintage-books.co.uk.

4-stars