The Long Goodbye

  • by Patti Davis
  • Narrated by Staci Snell
  • 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, writes about losing her father to Alzheimer's disease, saying goodbye in stages, and watching the progression of a disease that steals what is most precious: a person's memory. Past and present come together in this illuminating portrait of grief, of a man, a disease, and a girl and her father. Davis remembers herself as a child, holding her father's hand; and as a young woman whose hand is given away in marriage by her father...of her father teaching her to ride a bicycle, of the moment when he let her go and she went off on her own....She writes of her father's boyhood, of his years in Hollywood, keeping his dreams alive...of dealing with her father as President...and the toll of the disease itself.


What the Critics Say

"Davis's thoughtful and honest reflections make her father come to life again and should foster remembrances for readers as well." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Bring your kleenex along for this ride

This book was such a wonderful testament to Ms. Davis' father. Ms. Davis has a wonderful way of reaching into your soul and bringing out the emotions you tuck neatly away. I think I cried throughout the whole book. I related to her on every level and understood the pain she was going through (my grandmother had Alzheimer's). This book gave me new insight into the lives of Ronald and Nancy Regan and I now have a deep respect for them. A MUST READ!
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- Laura

Validating, comforting and thought provoking...

I foundtoga bop to be validating, conforting and thought provoking. I was able to identify greatly with this and can't even begin to describe the many things I found we have in common.
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- Jim Bodden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape