Mar 5, 2013 — Pat Summitt grew up on a rural farm and went on to a stellar career in basketball. As head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, she won more games than any other basketball coach in NCAA history. Her new memoir, Sum It Up, records her memories even as she is losing them to Alzheimer's.
Feb 24, 2012 — Science fiction's job is to give us a map of where we're headed. From Jules Verne to William Gibson, sci-fi authors describe their visions of the future, and how people might live in it. We ask Intel's futurist for his list of favorite sci-fi books.
Feb 22, 2011 — Tom DeBaggio was 57 when he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Over the years, he shared his experience with NPR and wrote two books about coping with the disease. He died Monday at the age of 69.
Dec 21, 2010 — This year, not all of the best books made it onto best-seller lists. NPR's Rachel Syme picks her favorite under-the-radar reads that are worth a second look.
Aug 20, 2010 — In Rosecrans Baldwin's wise debut novel, a young widower comes to terms with the sudden death of his wife. Critic Michael Schaub says this moving meditation on the way grief distorts memories is affecting, profound and true.
Jun 16, 2010 — In 1999, Tom DeBaggio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. He was 57. Soon after the diagnosis, he began talking with NPR about his illness. He wanted to document his decline, to break through what he called the "shame and silence" of the disease. Now he can't talk, walk or feed himself.
Nov 6, 2006 — One hundred years ago, German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer first described the puzzling symptoms now known as Alzheimer's disease. Billions of dollars have since gone to research for a cure, but some scientists think that money is better spent on prevention and care.
Jul 29, 2005 — For some, the summer is a time to indulge in frothy beach reading: the latest chick lit or globetrotting, highly unbelievable thriller. But book critic Maureen Corrigan has taken a different tack this year: She's catching up on more substantial reading that she hasn't had time for yet.
May 19, 2005 — Five years ago, Tom DeBaggio told his personal story about his battle with early-onset Alzheimer's. A return visit finds the former nursery owner less sure of himself — and scared to death of getting lost again.