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Patti Callahan Henry Untangles What it Means to Remember

AlzAuthors: Untangling Alzheimer's & Dementia

Patti Callahan Henry Untangles What it Means to Remember



August 9th 2022

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What are memories?

Do our memories make us who we are? What happens to “us” when our memory fails, and cognitive decline ensues? I discussed these profound questions with one of my favorite authors, Patti Callahan Henry.

She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels, a podcast host, and a co-creator and host of the popular show, Friends & Fiction. Prior to becoming an author, she was a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with a fascination for memory and focused on neurology and brain trauma. Her novel, The Favorite Daughter, joined our collection of carefully vetted books in November 2019.

“Memory,” she says, “haunts all my work but takes center stage in this one. Who do we become without those memories?”

Patti is the recipient of The Christy Award 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is also a contributor to the monthly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

In this podcast, we explore how our memories define us, if they do, the landscape of memory, and the concept of “ambiguous loss.”

After the Podcast

Read Patti’s AlzAuthors post:

Memory is at the Heart of Patti Callahan Henry’s The Favorite Daughter

​Purchase The Favorite Daughter on Amazon.

Connect with Patti





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Marianne Sciucco

Podcast Producer and Host

Marianne is a registered nurse, dementia daughter, and author of the novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story. She is also a founding member of AlzAuthors and a director and manager. With more than 250 authors contributing to AlzAuthors, there is a wealth of knowledge to share. “Our goal is to eliminate the silence and stigma surrounding the most important disease of our generation, estimated to affect 50 million people worldwide,” she says. “We’ve curated hundreds of powerful and profound stories, spanning all disease types and stages through a variety of genres. And now you can listen to these authors tell their stories on the podcast.”

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