Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal


It’s been too long since I’ve written a book review post! After much anticipation, I finally received former history professor Cary Henderson’s Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal.

Typically, one cannot receive a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer’s until they’ve passed away and an autopsy is performed. Mr. Henderson, however, was a rare exception; he had had a biopsy for something unrelated and the results confirmed he had the disease. Though no longer able to write, he used a tape recorder to track and share his thoughts. His wife and daughter eventually transcribed his footage and wrote this book, which I was able to finish in a little over an hour.

Partial View contains mostly random, unrelated thoughts; it doesn’t follow a clear path, but is nonetheless informative and definitely provides a glimpse of what an individual with Alzheimer’s is thinking and feeling. It’s a quick, easy read, and though it won’t necessarily change your life, I think it’s worth the hour! Plus, you can find it on Amazon for as cheap as a dollar.

One of my favorite quotes (he keeps you laughing!):
“I did stop going to church. The biggest reason – well, there were two reasons, one of which is that I am not really enamored of a God who creates something like Alzheimer’s and the second is I’m afraid of tripping.”