It started life as a whimsical travelogue:
but something more profound emerged
The early reviews of A Year on Planet Alzheimer led to a reading tour with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
Some reviews and interviews for Carolyn’s first book are summarised below.
This was, of course, all before the days of the internet and clickable links.
If you’d like to devour every word, click each thumbnail for a printable pdf.
Reviews and Interviews:
“Planet Alzheimer is a lighthearted chronicle of Steele’s adventures, although at times it deals with weighty subject matter. In particular, Steele does an excellent job of humanizing a devastating disease and breaking down stereotypes of Alzheimer sufferers, giving readers a deeper understanding…
“Of course this probably wouldn’t work, or at least be nearly as good of a read, if Steele wasn’t a likeable writer. But her personable style, descriptive sense and self-deprecating humour make it hard to find fault with her.”
“Forget those folk from Katmandu or Istanbul, it’s Canadians who are truly the exotic ones in the world. Well, at least according to a certain Brit who came to Canada as a caregiver for an Alzheimer patient and discovered a place so oddly eccentric, she wrote a book about us.”
“Her description of one couple while travelling is particularly hilarious. She calls the bitter old pair Hinge and Bracket and talks about how, though they ran a boarding house, they wouldn’t answer the phone and spent much of their time spewing venom about each other and previous boarders.”
“Part emigration story, part travelogue and part exploration of dementia. Steele’s story is funny, touching and extremely readable.”
“There is many a funny moment as Steele talks us through her first experiences of Halloween, Christmas, Groundhog day and dating Canadian men.”
“The book is at its most touching when Steele is describing her many clashes with Zuscha, the 77-year-old lady with a fetish for picking dandelions, she is required to look after. While dealing with a very sensitive subject is difficult, the author handles the clashes well, adding humour and a real insight into what it must be like to have to deal with a disease where only one of the people know the other is ill.”
Alzheimer Society Tour: