The Inheritance by Niki Kapsambelis audiobook

The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease

By Niki Kapsambelis
Read by Callie Beaulieu

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Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can. The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure. Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery.

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A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Excellence in Design

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.

The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.

Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“At its most compelling, The Inheritance is a portrait of the DeMoes’ experience as both Alzheimer’s sufferers and research subjects.” Wall Street Journal
In her debut, journalist Kapsambelis builds a compelling narrative about Alzheimer's disease around one North Dakota extended family. . . . An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers. Kirkus Starred Review
“A model of immersion journalism, it is especially notable for its specificity and author Niki Kapsambelis’ empathy. The DeMoes laid bare their lives, and Kapsambelis repays their candor with a warts-and-all portrait softened by fondness and respect.” Chicago Tribune
“In sometimes heartbreaking detail, The Inheritance describes the impact of the disease on individual family members.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Author Bio: Niki Kapsambelis

Author Bio: Niki Kapsambelis

Niki Kapsambelis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked for several years as a newswoman for the Associated Press in New England, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in publications around the world, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and People magazine.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English