On Pluto

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s
Greg O’Brien

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a memoir before (as I tend not to read non-fiction), but this one sounded particularly interesting. A first-hand glimpse into the mind on Alzheimer’s? What an intriguing (and terrifying) idea.

I was not disappointed; On Pluto was a fascinating read. Uncomfortable, heartbreaking, disjointed, this book reads the way I could only imagine a mind impacted by Alzheimer’s might think. If you are looking for a simple, straightforward, linear walk through someone’s life, this is not the book for you. O’Brien takes his readers on a journey through his life, bouncing back and forth between moments from his youth, to highlights from his adult life, to the slow decay of his recognition of people and places and the frustration and rage that accompanies it. Remarkably self-aware, O’Brien walks his readers through the parallels between his experiences and those of his mother, who shared his condition.

This book is a… challenging read, but well worth it.