Riding the Elephant is a wild journey--funny, tender, and frightening at the same time.  Goff captures and delivers the fragile moments and the bold outline of familial bonds and challenges.  What a ride!

Catherine Van Noy, columnist

Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, ed. Holly J. Hughes (2009 Kent State Univ Press)  has been awarded an IPPY Silver Medal in the category of Aging/Death and Dying.  One of its chapters is excerpted from Diane Porter Goff's Riding the Elephant.  Congratulations to Ms. Hughes and all of her contributors.
 
Riding the Elephant: An Alzheimer's Journey takes the reader into a landscape where no one goes by choice, yet a place where five million Americans reside.  A memoir that traces the steps of two sisters and their families as they accompany their mother into uncharted territory, it is a story filled with pathos, humor, unforgetable characters and a glimpse into the transformational power of the human heart.  It provides guidance, compassion and company to those who are walking similar paths.

Author: Diane Porter Goff
Publisher: Dreamsplice
Pub Date: August 2009
Distributor: Brodart
ISBN: 978-0-9761559-3-5
LCCN: 2009925899
Soft Cover; 118 pages
Price: $9.95

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Review from ForeWord Reviews (Nov/Dec 2009):
Diane Porter Goff, author and poet, eloquently shares her memories of the frustrations felt in caring for her mother, the hurt that arises unbidden for unknown slights that still have the capacity to wound, and the guilt over thoughts that come unbidden. Readers will relate to the helplessness felt in searching for knowledgeable, caring help and the inability to fully protect “mama” from the outside world of cold examination rooms and nonchalant medical providers. It isn’t all despair, though, as Goff also describes the undeniably comical as well as the joy felt in never-forgotten moments spent in her mother’s presence. Goff’s memoir leaves readers with an empathetic understanding of those who are “riding the elephant.” Robin Phillips, BSN, RN

Review by Philip Lee Williams:
...in the end, one feels not depressed but genuinely ennobled for having taken this journey with Diane and her mother.
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Feature Article in the Roanoke Times by Kevin Kittredge:
...the response has been very good. "Almost every day, I get an e-mail or I get a letter. Someone has read this book, and it's meant something to them." One thing people tell her, she says, is that the book makes them laugh. The myriad heartbreaks chronicled in Riding the Elephant are mingled with lighter scenes...
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"Her fragile little body sits upright in the water‚ legs stuck straight out like a child’s. Mama has always liked her baths hot and now‚ with old age sitting in her bones‚ she likes them even hotter. Steam rises. Rivulets run down the pink tiles surrounding the tub.... "