Read excerpts chosen from Kismet From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer’s by Maria Shriver for her blog:

Part 1: From the joy of romance...

Part 2: to the Agony of Alzheimer’s

Maria Shriver imageMaria Shriver is one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away from it in 2011 at the age of 95. In 2009, Shriver co-executive produced the Emmy Award-winning four-part HBO documentary series called The Alzheimer’s Project, which opened millions of people’s eyes to the devastating disease.

Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Shriver served as California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010.

She continues her advocacy on her website by promoting and recommending books that are helpful to caregivers, to those in need of inspiration and especially to those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

Reader Review of Kismet:

A thought provoking and poignant look at how the illness of a loved one can take over the life of a spouse, and what it takes to move beyond the illness. I very much enjoyed the unique history of the characters as international travelers from the 70's through 90's. The author sets scenes with all five senses, giving the reader a rich experience in the places of the story with vivid descriptions of color, scent, sound and sensation. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys books focused on character, travel and relationships.

-- D.

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