Robert Leleux: The Living End

Second chances come in many guises; for author and former Houstonian Robert Leleux and his family, it came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Leleux has a biting wit. With a hilarious take on the insanity that often surrounds him, sharp-tongued Leleux first came to the public eye with his 2008 book The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, the often over-the-top story of Leleux’s teenage years and his parent’s messy divorce.

Now he’s back with The Living End, a memoir about his grandmother JoAnn, who had Alzheimer’s disease. JoAnn, a woman who held onto grudges, had long been estranged from Robert’s mother when she was diagnosed. As the disease progressed, it brought the expected heartache with it (Leleux says it was like watching The Miracle Worker backwards). But there was also something unexpected — JoAnn forgot to be angry. As she lost her memories, she lost her sense of regret and hurt, which freed her to have a peaceful, happy relationship with her family, including Leleux’s mom. 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit Free.
Thu., Jan. 19, 2012

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