Painted Diaries: A Mother and Daughter's
Experience Through Alzheimer's
Kim Howes Zabbia
In 1985, Lou Howes learned she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's, a disease that indiscriminately strips away memory and ability. At 61, Howes was a gregarious small-town reporter in Louisiana and mother of three grown children, a woman who could light matches with shots from a .22. Her daughter Kim Howes Zabbia weaves together journals kept by Howes and her own journey as an artist as they embark on an eight-year odyssey through the disintegration of a mind. This account of how their whole family coped (or didn't cope) is by turns poignant, funny, frightening, and ingenious.