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Patti Davis, the daughter of former president Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, was very rebellious while she was growing up and even during her adult years. She published a thinly veiled "fictional" unfavorable account of her childhood in a previous book. However, in her latest book she comes to terms with the relationship she has with her famous parents and learns to accept and love them as they are.

When Patti learns that her father has been stricken with Altzheimer's Disease she begins a reflective journey that leads her to reconcile with her parents. She describes with regret how much her actions must have hurt them. Her writing is so beautiful that I found myself going back and rereading certain paragraphs. I also had to wipe away tears every so often (not a bad thing).

Patti's descriptions of her visits with her progressively ill father is ver touching. She sees her father dying. She sees her mother's pain and finally comes to understand the nature of her parents' close relationship, which she had resented before. She becomes closer to her mother and learns to appreciate her strengths and finally understands that her parents simply did the best they could.
This report prepared by Debbie Mitchell








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Plot & Themes

Family, ill    -   Yes Who?    -   Father because he/she is    -   physically ill Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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