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Local author's book named Book of the Year

Book published by Swallow Press

On May 26, Athens author John Thorndike’s memoir, "The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s," was named a 2009 Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews.

The announcement that Thorndike had won in the Autobiography/Memoir category was made in New York City at Book Expo America, the premier North American trade show for the
publishing industry.

The ForeWord Reviews review of "The Last of His Mind" said “John Thorndike’s memoir is a wonderfully detailed episodic account of his father’s ordeal with Alzheimer's ... an honest and powerful portrayal of the effects of the combination of old age and Alzheimer’s disease and the love between a son and his father.”

Previously, "The Last of His Mind" gained national attention when it was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the top ten memoirs of 2009. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review and named it an "Indie Top 20" book. And much praise has been garnered from reviews and interviews that have appeared in dozens of other media such as AARP Bulletin, Kirkus Reviews, The Denver Post, St. Petersburg Times, The Plain Dealer, and many others.

For more information about the book, visit the web page at