Be With: Letters to a Caregiver

Category: Book
By (author): Barnes, Mike
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare
  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
  HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Alzheimer's & Dementia
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 7.75in x 5.00in
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$ 17.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Drawing on the author's seven years of caring for his mother through Alzheimer's, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver is what its title promises: four dispatches to an anonymous long-term caregiver. In brief passages that castmfresh light on what it means to live with dementia, Barnes shares trials, insights, solace-and, ultimately, inspiration.

Meant to be a companion in waiting rooms, on bus routes, or while a loved one naps, Be With is a dippable source of clarity for harried readers who might only have time for a few lines or paragraphs. Mike Barnes writes with sensitivity and grace about fellowship, responsibility, and joyful relatedness-what it means to simply be with the people that we love.

Review Quote*

Praise for Be With

"Timely, lyrical, tough, accurate." -Margaret Atwood

"The particulars of Mary's dementia give this brief book universal appeal. The author effectively humanizes himself as a man who has made errors, who wishes he had done things differently, and who has his own psychological burdens to bear...A book that tells the reader that you are not alone, whoever you are." -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mike Barnes

"… fiercely alive, marked by a sharp, unerring eye for detail and a wonderful way with metaphors." -Toronto Star

"His lucid prose brings to mind Poe's Gothic horror, Hunter S. Thompson's strangeness (without the drug-craze), and William Burroughs' ellipsis (without the disintegration). But it is perhaps closest to Roald Dahl's intimate exploration of human oddity and use of surprise in Switch Bitch." -Globe and Mail

Biographical Note

Mike Barnes has published eight previous books across a range of genres: poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. His collection of poems, Calm Jazz Sea, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and Aquarium, his first collection of stories, won the Danuta Gleed Award. His newest book is The Adjustment League (2016), the first in a series of three noir novels. He works as a private English tutor and lives in Toronto.