The Geography of Memory
Tens of millions of Americans either suffer from Alzheimer's or care for
someone who does. In a single generation, that number will triple.
Jeanne Murray Walker's memoir speaks with compassionate wisdom about the
gifts that wait to be discovered even in the midst of this grim
disease. As Walker cares for her mother during her heartrending decline,
she, her sister, and her mother develop closer ties. The intimate look
at illness and death-hardly acknowledged by our culture-becomes another
sort of gift. And after spending thousands of hours with her mother,
Jeanne begins to recover her own early memories and understand her
history in a transformative way. The Geography of Memory reveals that
for all the grim news about Alzheimer's, it is possible to find joy and
hope in the midst of pain.
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"A child-adult memoir of grace, poignancy, and rich compassion." Philip Yancey
"I read it, mesmerized, wondering my way through the deeply moving portrait of a mother, a daughter, a family. Against expectation we are invited to join their hilarious, daunting dance." Luci Shaw
"A friend once told me 'Anything can be endured if you make a story of it.' This magnificently written story is the latest evidence." Eugene Peterson
". . . it's full of joy as well as sorrow. What a gift she has given us." John Wilson
". . . elegant, tender, and intelligent. . . " Bret Lott
"What powerfully winds through the narrative is a poet's wonderful reflections on her own history and the nature of memory, identity, and the self." Myrna Grant
"The Geography of Memory is, hands down, one of the most beautiful books I've ever read." Paula Huston
"It evokes reflections on memory, the nature of the human person, and life itself. . . . It is one of the best memoirs you will ever read, period. A masterpiece." Warren Farha
New Tracks, Night Falling
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009
poems are fresh ways of seeing. Here's Adam, quickly disillusioned
with Eve for naming the yak the yak and singing off-key, yet "learning
to love what he's been given." Such poems supply the faith-deep,
myth-deep underpinnings for the book's rich sense of the ordinary and
the now. . . Jeanne Murray Walker leaves her readers with the feeling of
enormous power held in reserve only by the true instincts of a superb
artist. This is her finest book.
-- Rod Jellema
Yes, night falls in these poems.
But we're in the company of a bold woman with a stout flashlight who
somehow, wondrously, reveals a path through the wood that is as
brilliant in the dark as it is in the light. I think I would follow
Jeanne Murray Walker anywhere.
-- Leslie Leyland FieldsA Deed to the Light
University of Illinois Press, 2004
Jeanne Murray Walker, one of Image's
favorite poets and playwrights, has just come out with a new collection
of poetry. In this book Walker asks searching questions about loss,
grief, and the possibility of faith. Walker handles the convergence of
these experiences with the timing and wit of a great comedians and the intense, quirky symbolism of a prophet.
-- Image Update
the overall intensity of the collection is . . .the startling
juxtapositions of images and sudden metaphors which surprise the reader
again and again. For her past work Walker has received numerous
fellowships, from the NEA and the Pew Foundation, and her plays have
been produced in such major cities as Chicago, Boston, and London. But
she never loses the familiar touch, the honest voice.
-- The Midwest Quarterly
Her great genius is her use of
metaphors. . . You might call her poetic technique spring metaphor.
Where a poet like Hopkins can't keep himself from slipping another
stressed syllable into his lines, Walker finds her delight in
metaphors. She keeps stretching her line to make room for another,
often beyond what seems possible. Toward the end of the book, the poems
seem to step out of their narrative constraints, as interesting as
their stories are, and become pure metaphor.
-- Thom Satterlee, Christianity and Literature
Gaining TimeGaining Time
is funny, subtly erudite, uplifting. . . . It consistently hints at
the greater mysteries, both cosmic and theological. In delightful ways,
Walker weaves into these poems, which beg to be recited, concepts from
physics and higher mathematics, ranging from relativity to fractals.
Effortlessly transposing these theories to everyday life, many poems
explore. . the problem of accepting the brevity and relativity of one's
destiny as a transient creature situated on the ladder of successive
generations. A splendid collection.
Copper Beech Press, 1997
-- John Taylor, Poetry
See Earlier Books for Jeanne's other titles.