Journeys of the Mind: Fiction

Still Alice : a novel

Lisa Genova.

Literary Fiction

"Still Alice" is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by a first-time author who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind" and "Ordinary People," this work packs an emotional punch.

The housekeeper and the professor

Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder

Literary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction

He is a brilliant math professor, with a peculiar problem--since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young housekeeper with a 10-year-old son who is hired to care for the professor. Between them, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms.


Paul Harding.

Literary Fiction

As time collapses into memory, a dying man travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, "Tinkers" is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

The bird house : a novel

Kelly Simmons.

Literary Fiction

A psychologically charged novel about the power and failure of family. Interweaving diaries penned forty years apart blend the fierce voice of a woman struggling to bond with her only grandchild, while railing against the ravages of early dementia.

An unquiet mind

Kay Redfield Jamison

Literary Fiction

A psychiatry professor, author, and recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards describes her own struggle since adolescence with manic-depressive illness and recounts how it has shaped her life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

The last days of Ptolemy Grey

Walter Mosley.

Literary Fiction

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time.
Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his friends, even himself-as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life. until he meets Ro...

Lost : a novel

Alice Lichtenstein.

Literary Fiction

On a cold January morning Susan leaves her husband alone for a few minutes and returns to find him gone. Suffering from dementia, no longer able to dress or feed or wash himself, he has wandered alone into a frigid landscape with no sense of home or direction. Lost. Over the course of one weekend, the massive search for her husband brings Susan together with Jeff, a search and rescue expert and social worker preoccupied with his young wife's betr...

Living room : a novel

by Rachel Sherman.

Literary Fiction

The follow-up to her highly praised debut story collection,The First Hurt, Rachel Sherman’sLiving Roomis a beautiful and disarmingly direct portrait of a family in trouble. With the tone of a modern-day JewishThe Ice Stormset in Long Island, imbued with Alice Munro’s fascination with personal history,Living Roomis a deep exploration of the ripple effects of mental illness on a family, as well as a look at generational differences in m...

Erased from memory

Diana O'Hehir.

Literary Fiction

Diana O'Hehir returns in the new novel featuring Carla Day and her elderly father, an Egyptologist suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Day was once famous for the ancient coffin lid he discovered, and he and Carla are at the museum that houses it when someone falls to the floor, choking. Dr. Day rushes to pry off the victim's tie. But instead of praise, Day faces charges of murder by strangulation and is accused of faking Alzheimer's. The poli...

Memory wall : stories

Anthony Doerr.

Literary Fiction

From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children,...