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  • Title : Goodbye, Vitamin

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  • ISBN: 1250109167

  • Number of Pages: 196 pages


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A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this fine, funny, and inescapably touching debut, from an affecting and wonderfully original new literary voice.A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man s pants hang from the trees The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheim A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this fine, funny, and inescapably touching debut, from an affecting and wonderfully original new literary voice.A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man s pants hang from the trees The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease Howard s wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth Freshly disengaged from her fiance and still broken up about it, feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty year old Ruth quits her job and arrives home to find her parents situation worse than she d realized Her father is erratically lucid and her mother, a devoted and creative cook, sees the sources of memory loss in every pot and pan But as Howard s condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth s situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief She throws herself into caretaking cooking dementia fighting meals a feast of jellyfish , researching supplements, anything to reignite her father s once notable memory And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her father s handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far.Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one s footing in this life Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 196 pages Published July 11th 2017 by Henry Holt More Details ISBN 1250109167 ISBN13 9781471159480 Edition Language English Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Goodbye, Vitamin, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book okay for a twelve year old I mean, does it have any bad swearing, cussing or mature stuff like 39 days ago See all 2 answers Rachel Khong There s a curse word on the very first page the S word that means feces and there are references to alcoholism and sex Nothing explicit, but please There s a curse word on the very first page the S word that means feces and there are references to alcoholism and sex Nothing explicit, but please be aware less flag Would this be a good book for a book club group to read 1 likelike 50 days ago See all 2 answers Amanda Morczek I think so, the discussion would be interesting flag See all 3 questions about Goodbye, Vitamin Lists with This Book Oooh Shiny July 2017 19 books 6 voters Book of the Month Selections 29 books 11 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Jul 17, 2017 Larry H rated it really liked it I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she c I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she comes home to visit her parents for the holidays She has avoided her family for a while after hearing stories of her father s drinking and his infidelities, so she is unprepared to find her father, a former college professor, in the throes of dementia, while her mother is trying to care for her father, but in an oddly detached way Ruth agrees to quit her job and move home for a year to help out, although she probably is in equal need of help, albeit a different kind What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person What follows are reflections on a difficult year for her family and herself, told as diary entries of a sort She reconnects with old friends, gets involved in a scheme to try and help her father s self worth, tries to understand why her relationship ended and wonders if she really cares , and attempts to figure out her parents relationship with each other At the same time she takes tentative steps toward her own future.There are moments of humor, poignancy, frustration, and beautiful emotion in this book At the same time, Ruth is one of those characters you wish would say the things she really wants to say, but she s so used to taking such a passive role in her own life She left college weeks before graduating because her then boyfriend wanted to move away I really enjoyed this book, and despite the fact that the story is told in small snippets of events from each day, I didn t get the feeling I was missing anything from the story It did feel a little disjointed at times although there was an over arching narrative, the story jumped quickly from day to day, so it didn t flow quite as neatly as it could have.Khong s storytelling, however, is utterly exquisite While her style is rather spare, much like Weike Wang in Chemistry see my review , she can wring humor and emotion from the simplest sentences I can t wait to see what she writes next, because her talent really is dazzling.For those who have dealt with a loved one or friend suffering from dementia, this may be a difficult read But Khong took what could have been a maudlin subject and added other dimensions, so it s the story of a family s journey through difficult and good times, instead of simply the story of a man growing increasingly ill That s the mark of true talent.See all of my reviews at flag 120 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Cheri I agree completely, Larry It was emotional without any negative emotions to really drag it down It brought back a lot of memories of the last years I agree completely, Larry It was emotional without any negative emotions to really drag it down It brought back a lot of memories of the last years of my Dad s life, and I thought a lot of how I wished I d thought back then of some of the questions left running around in my mind now Definitely an emotional read, but also lovely Aug 15, 2017 11 22AM Jessie Frederick It s so funny to me how two people can read the same book but have such different feelings toward it when they re done Nice review, Larry But I ve g It s so funny to me how two people can read the same book but have such different feelings toward it when they re done Nice review, Larry But I ve got to say I had the complete opposite reaction to this one Aug 15, 2017 11 29AM Apr 14, 2017 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, netgalley, alzheimers dementia, 2017 4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age togethe 4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age together, our parents and ourselves the process is so gradual that we rarely think about this We realize, of course, that we are growing older, we may marry, or have children to remind us how quickly the days pass, but we don t see our parents the same way We look at old pictures of them and may vaguely recall that they used to look that way, but we don t really see that We see them as we ve always seen them Our caretakers The people who raised us, and when the tables are turned, it s a hard thing to recognize in someone you ve known your whole life That Christmas, her father had given her a small, worn, red notebook, a notebook he s kept notes in since she was very young He showed me a page from this notebook Today you asked me where metal comes from You asked me what flavor are germs You were distressed because your pair of gloves had gone missing When I asked you for a description, you said they are sort of shaped like my hands These moments, these excerpts from this notebook are scattered throughout Goodbye, Vitamin but there is much that sweetens the bitter truth of her father being robbed of his memories at the same time as she realizes how closely their memories are intertwined She reads everything she can on Alzheimer s, what foods to eat and not to eat, what testing is being done on the subject, and in doing so she learns that scientists are now embedding false memories in mice Why don t they figure out how to keep mice from forgetting things We don t need memories It s hard enough trying to get a handle on the ones we ve got The notes her father wrote are ones that will pull at your heartstrings, remind you, perhaps of your parents, or how you view the little things your own children say and do, or did, or maybe memories of stories you heard your parents tell you about yourself lovely memories, cherished ones This is a deliciously sweet story, with hints of sadness within, but it is never overwhelming, a reflection on love conquering even those moments of sadness and reminding us of how sweet memories can be Recommended.Pub Date 11 Jul 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Henry Holt Co flag 106 likesLike see review View all 41 comments Jul 09, 2017 Carol rated it liked it Shelves fiction, health, debut, kindle, published 2017, netgalley, read 2017, 200 3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnect

3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnection with an old girlfriend.

You ll also find here quite a few healthy eating tips and fun bits of trivia, BUThonestly, what I wanted and expected was time with dad in the storyline.like the memories with mom.like the childhood conversations with Ruth from the little red notebook.they were wonderful, but ended all too soon.

Very decent fictional debut but for me the story lost focus with too much time spent away from dad Perhaps that was the point.to show that caregivers have lives too.I m not sure.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt Company for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

flag 85 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jun 24, 2017 Jill Croce McGill rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, fiction Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her father s insistence that he is absolutely fine As her father s memory deteriorates Ruth and her mother search for added health benefits jellyfish recipes and supplements, vitamins, and cruciferous vegetables, all of which her father dislikes Ruth is determined to read everything she can on Alzheimer s, including all the testing that is being done by scientists to this day Goodbye, Vitamin is told in a compelling diary form that chronicles the course of a year Ruth s story is raw, intimate, funny, and tells a story about love, patience, and forgiveness It s hard to believe that this is Rachel Khong s debut fictional novel She hit it out of the park with her brilliant storytelling in this heartfelt and entertaining novel I want to thank NetGalley and Henry Holt Company for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. flag 66 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Aug 17, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon fo Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon found myself wrapped up in Ruth s year long journey Ruth s mother invited her to move back home after her father begins exhibiting signs of dementia Having just broken up with her fianc , feeling at loose ends, Ruth accepts the invitation and moves back home for a year Ruth s narration is often flighty, meandering, disjointed, and disorganized, as she works through her personal heartbreak, her mother s disappointments, and of course her father s battle to keep his mind sharp and stay active as long as possible While Ruth is really hurting, she is also determined, treading into uncharted territory, discovering her parents weren t perfect, but learning to see them in a new, mature light, as she must now be the adult in the home She reconnects with old friends, her brother, Linus, and comes to realize despite his foibles, she is the light of her father s life, the apple of his eye Sharing things is how things get started, and not sharing things is how they end The discovery of her father s diary which detailed conversations he had with Ruth when she was a child, was charming, often hilarious and sweet, but also a little sad These entries were my favorite part this book and I loved the way Ruth borrowed from this idea, which showed how life really does seem to come full circle I like also that having a terrible day pretty much guarantees that the next day will be much, much better Life and family are messy, but through all the turmoil, mistakes, and heartbreak, I think Ruth discovered a way to give back to her father some of what he gave to her, and in the process, managed to find the beginnings of her own inner peace Ultimately, despite the quirky writing style, or maybe because of it, I ended up enjoying this book far than I would have thought.While this may have been a short, quick read, it was a touching story, overall, and I m glad I decided to give it a chance 4 stars flag 64 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Julie Deanna wrote Great review, Julie Thank you, Deanna Aug 18, 2017 08 43PM Julie Rita wrote Great heartfelt review, Julie I can tell that you really enjoyed reading this book and hopefully I will too Thank you, Rita I hope yo Rita wrote Great heartfelt review, Julie I can tell that you really enjoyed reading this book and hopefully I will too Thank you, Rita I hope you enjoy it, too Happy reading Aug 18, 2017 08 43PM Jul 28, 2017 Vanessa rated it liked it Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a who Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a whole There were some small snippets here and there that I felt were brilliant little life observations and some fun fact trivia that s thrown in that added to the fun, but most of the situations didn t feel overly believable so my connection to the characters especially the father who I should have felt emotion towards were left wanting, the story was over before I could fully commit to it flag 48 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jul 08, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgall After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read the ARC flag 60 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Apr 13, 2017 Marchpane rated it really liked it This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast, This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast, This is errands Today you were so readily impressed by me.There are many of these throughout the book, which are later mirrored by the adult daughter s similar observations about her elderly father.Entirely real and relatable, my only criticism is that the latter part of the book felt too rushed I can see the stylistic choice behind it the pace picks up as dad s mental state deteriorates but it felt a little underdeveloped as a result That s a minor quibble though, as this really was a charming read flag 39 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2017 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, book of the month 4.5 starsWhat a sweet, sad, yet funny book Told in journal entry format, the novel follows one year in the life of Ruth, who, reeling from a break up, goes home to help her mother take care of her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s She has avoided her family for years, as her father was a drinker and cheated on her mom Throughout the novel are snippets of journal entries of her father s from when Ruth was a child The wonder of the world through a child s eyes is seen, as many of the en 4.5 starsWhat a sweet, sad, yet funny book Told in journal entry format, the novel follows one year in the life of Ruth, who, reeling from a break up, goes home to help her mother take care of her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s She has avoided her family for years, as her father was a drinker and cheated on her mom Throughout the novel are snippets of journal entries of her father s from when Ruth was a child The wonder of the world through a child s eyes is seen, as many of the entries are the cute, funny, and endearing things children say The love her father has for her shines through It helps Ruth, and the reader, see her dad with new eyes The themes of family, love, forgiveness, friendship, and of course, memory, are explored.Most of Ruth s journal entries are small snippets of her day, in conversational narrative A fun aspect of the novel is how Ruth researches AD and attempts to slow down the progression of her father s Alzheimer s through vitamins, oddball recipes jellyfish , and superfoods Food plays an important role in the novel.The comic relief is what keeps this novel from being maudlin Ruth s wry observations and her imperfect family can be quite funny The truths the book contains are never heavy handed or manipulative I love it when an author trusts the reader to get it A couple of favorite quotes what imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers all of a sudden it didn t matter what you remembered or didn t, and the remembering it occurred to me was irrelevant All that mattered was that the day was nice was what it was I really liked Ruth s voice and when I turned the last page, I wasn t ready to say good bye A fantastic debut thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt Company for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review flag 34 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jul 12, 2017 Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves i own it, botm, 2017 This is a sweet story that reminded me of the film Other People It somehow straddles being light and quick with such a heavy subject matter Alzheimer s Hard to call it a summer poolside read because it is a bit sad, but I can imagine taking this one on a vacation if you re in the mood for something to get lost in or dip in and out of, but still finish in a timely manner flag 35 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 09, 2017 Eve rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, read 2017 What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person Although this be a slim little book, it is chock full of feeling Familial love Romantic love Selfish love Imperfect love This book chronicles a year in Ruth s life when she abandons her independent life away from home, to help her mother car What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person Although this be a slim little book, it is chock full of feeling Familial love Romantic love Selfish love Imperfect love This book chronicles a year in Ruth s life when she abandons her independent life away from home, to help her mother care for her father, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease Ruth gradually finds herself taking her father s place as cataloguer of precious family memories Full of so much wit and dark humor, it s hard not to love the Youngs, imperfections and all flag 29 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 10, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, diverse reads I loved this book I want to curl up with Rachel Khong s writing and take a nap with it It s so lovely and thoughtful and comforting flag 28 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 28, 2017 Melissa Crytzer Fry rated it really liked it Shelves first reads 3.5, rounded up Thank you to Goodreads First Reads program for this book, which I won as a giveaway and might not have read otherwise and thanks, Cheri, for the recommendation of this book that hits shelves on July 11.I will be honest I don t know how to feel about this novel Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished reading a heavily literary, epic novel that was almost 600 pages, and perhaps the contrast felt a bit like culture shock This book is only 194 pages and I think yo 3.5, rounded up Thank you to Goodreads First Reads program for this book, which I won as a giveaway and might not have read otherwise and thanks, Cheri, for the recommendation of this book that hits shelves on July 11.I will be honest I don t know how to feel about this novel Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished reading a heavily literary, epic novel that was almost 600 pages, and perhaps the contrast felt a bit like culture shock This book is only 194 pages and I think you could shave off another 50 due to the journal entry formatting and short, short paragraphs And while this novel, about a young woman s return home to spend time with her father who has Alzheimer s, is physically small and quite sparse on words, it does pack an emotional punch It does so, however, amid a great deal of humor Hence my own confused state of mind Alzheimer s Sad. Hilarious, seemingly unrelated observation Funny Repeat.I have to think that the author, Rachel Khong, possesses this dry sense of humor, as well and, as a result, I think it would be a blast to hang out with her I truly did laugh aloud too many times to count often worried I d wake my sleeping husband So there is a bit of magic in this author s ability to tell a deeply affecting story with interspersed humor And perhaps that IS the point that to deal with painful situations, humans do what they can to cope often resorting to humor to make sense of the senseless Ruth has her own life issues to deal with, and to cope, her outlook on the world is infused with bits of humor.But then This book also is painfully close to home My father was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia, and I am planning a trip home to be with him not altogether different than Ruth s trek home as the mental decline is happening rapidly to be honest, he s been fighting this for than a decade I naturally feel dread and overwhelming sadness, coupled with the sense of this trip having some kind of finality to it So it is no surprise that one night, after reading VITAMIN at bedtime, I awoke in the middle of the night feeling sheer panic, the reality setting in that Ruth s life and her experiences are soon to be mine The inevitability of the situation really sunk in.But let me emphasize that the writing is not sensational and overly dramatic It is sparse and doesn t dwell And it provides a certain amount of levity with abundant humorous events My reaction is simply to my situation And, in the end, I m glad to have read this book You can easily read it in a single sitting possibly even in a few hours It is engaging, with its easy to read, stream of consciousness observations, and the beauty, again, is in the author s ability to get the reader to feel, using so few words It s unlike anything I ve read before I do recommend it flag 27 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jul 20, 2017 Barry Pierce rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 21st century, read in 2017 I picked up Goodbye, Vitamin because I had read a review which called it a comic novel about Alzheimer s I am very much of the belief that anything can be made funny, even Alzheimer s, so this novel sounded right up my alley I quickly discovered however that this isn t a comic novel about Alzheimer s, it s a comic novel featuring Alzheimer s But this didn t put me off, Rachel Khong s hilarious worldview kept me going throughout this short novel.The plot revolves around Ruth, a woman who h I picked up Goodbye, Vitamin because I had read a review which called it a comic novel about Alzheimer s I am very much of the belief that anything can be made funny, even Alzheimer s, so this novel sounded right up my alley I quickly discovered however that this isn t a comic novel about Alzheimer s, it s a comic novel featuring Alzheimer s But this didn t put me off, Rachel Khong s hilarious worldview kept me going throughout this short novel.The plot revolves around Ruth, a woman who has reached her mid life crisis at age thirty, who decides to pause her life for one year to act as carer for her father who has Alzeimher s The novel takes the form of her day by day diary The weakest aspect of this novel is by far the plot The novel trundles along with a story that is somewhat unbelievable and, whilst the character list is relatively economic, there are no standout stars of this novel However, what I do applaud this novel for is its random observations Sometimes Khong will just stop the whole plot to talk about the most incidental of facts or she will point something out about a character and nearly every time this happens you can be guaranteed to chuckle or at least think huh that was actually a really clever joke Khong s comedy is the saving grace of this novel, it would be a total disaster without it I really genuinely enjoyed how she sees things and how subtle she makes her jokes, there is no fanfare or warning, she would just drop a hilarious aside into the middle of a paragraph about the horrors of late stage Alzheimer s She is a master of comic relief And the novel is the better for it flag 25 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2017 Debbie rated it it was ok Shelves head disorders, debuts, disappointments, netgalley, loathed Goodbye vitamin, hello Complaint Board which I m lugging out of the shed as I write Sad but true Review to follow flag 24 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jenna Lol I loved this book, but still eager to hear from your Board Aug 15, 2017 08 04PM Deanna aww bummersorry it didn t work Look forward to your review Hope your next read makes up for it Aug 16, 2017 09 30PM Mar 08, 2017 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing via my blog imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers When Ruth comes home to help care for her father, afflicted with Alzheimer s a beautiful family story unfolds By no means are they are perfect family, but my heart capsized when reading the notes her father wrote about her questioning mind when she was a child You scraped seeds off of bagels and planted them in the flower bed out front I didn t have the heart to tell you that via my blog imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers When Ruth comes home to help care for her father, afflicted with Alzheimer s a beautiful family story unfolds By no means are they are perfect family, but my heart capsized when reading the notes her father wrote about her questioning mind when she was a child You scraped seeds off of bagels and planted them in the flower bed out front I didn t have the heart to tell you that there s no such thing as a bagel tree Today I thought I m nuts I m just nuts about you I was nuts about her, such a curious, spirited little girl All children should know such love and attention Ruth has always adored her father, but she has been blind to his failings in ways her brother and mother haven t For them, the later years weren t full of a happy husband and father Maybe her memories are distorted by her enduring adoration of her dad There has been drinking and cruelties she escaped, and in coming home, with her father s memories slipping, in his confused state she realizes he wasn t the most loyal husband nor sober father.College students rally together to make sure he is able to feel important again, teaching is vital to his happiness and this is one of the sweetest fictions an author has conjured The novel manages to expose the rawness of family love It s a slow understanding that is revealed about Ruth s mother and father s complicated marriage as she spends time with him and his slipping memories Who is the young woman that seems intimate than she should when in his presence Why is her mother so angry and yet, she cares for him so tenderly that she expels anything that risks his health Not that her father much appreciates his wife s nurturing She wants to understand why her brother Theo is so mad at their father, but maybe she needs to face her own shame in not coming home sooner.It s a hard novel to review for me because it s not a flashy story Nothing big happens but it is something enormous isn t it The betrayal of one s own mind slowly leaving you, what is horrible Unlike many fictional stories, with this one there are ups and downs It s a decline but a slow one, and often that is how illness has it s grasp on a family particularly with Alzheimer s disease Memories can be mean and bite, but they can be beautiful and moving There is not one perfect character, but that s what makes it honest Something about this family tugged at my heart, and I fell for them I was fattened up by a father s love for his little girl, and the bittersweet pain of seeing your parents as human beings rather than gods Lovely Add this title to your summer list.Publication Date July 11, 2017Henry Holt Company flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 01, 2017 Book of the Month added it You Are What You EatBy Judge Isaac FitzgeraldI ve always been a fan of a certain kind of summer read the book you take to the beach, expecting only fun and laughter, when it blindsides you with emotion and devastating insights until you re both laughing and crying, tears and sand on your cheeks combining into an abrasive paste that would feel painful if you weren t completely immersed in an incredible book Just me The kind of book that matches lightness with a certain level of darkness, feel You Are What You EatBy Judge Isaac FitzgeraldI ve always been a fan of a certain kind of summer read the book you take to the beach, expecting only fun and laughter, when it blindsides you with emotion and devastating insights until you re both laughing and crying, tears and sand on your cheeks combining into an abrasive paste that would feel painful if you weren t completely immersed in an incredible book Just me The kind of book that matches lightness with a certain level of darkness, feeling all the true and alive because it contains everything alongside everything else, the way our lives do.This summer, that book is Goodbye, Vitamin, the debut novel from former Lucky Peach editor Rachel Khong Told in diary format, the novel follows a young woman named Ruth, whose life is in somewhat of a shambles after a broken engagement She moves back home to help her mother care for her father, a history professor who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer s.Heavy stuff and Goodbye, Vitamin never shies away from it But I also want to talk about how this book is a pure and utter delight to read Ruth is a narrator you d follow anywhere, her perspective hilarious, playful, and keenly observant Though she s often perplexed and unsure of what to do, she s also always trying to make the best of things One of the ways in which she tries to help is through food, as she cooks for her tired family and continually tries to entice her father to eat As to be expected from Khong, her writing about food is always fascinating, startling, and delectable, and is one of the many great joys of Goodbye, Vitamin Along with Ruth, every one of the characters feels alive Her mother, her father, her brother, her friends, her father s former grad students they are wonderful, strange, and infuriating sometimes all at once in the way of people you love or could love And that s how Goodbye, Vitamin gets you As it dazzles and delights, as it compels you to fall in love with the people within its pages, it too shows you what is impossibly hard about love, about life The book explores questions like What do we owe each other How do we forgive people when they change, especially when we haven t fully forgiven them for who they were before How are we supposed to let go at the same time we re desperately trying to hold on to what we can Full of food, family, friendship, and love, Goodbye, Vitamin contains everything a reader might need to make them happy, while also showing how these things can be taken away, whether by accident or time It is heartbreaking It is a joy Which means, of course, Goodbye, Vitamin is a perfect summer book.Read at flag 23 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 27, 2017 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read via netgalley, awesome title, reviewed for blog Reeling from a broken engagement, Ruth Young returns to her childhood home in California for a year to help look after her father, who has Alzheimer s She tries feeding Howard every half cracked dementia health cure cruciferous vegetables are a biggie and, with his teaching assistant, Theo, maintains the illusion that her father is still fit to teach by gathering graduate students for a non credit History of California class that meets in empty classrooms and occasionally off campus whereve Reeling from a broken engagement, Ruth Young returns to her childhood home in California for a year to help look after her father, who has Alzheimer s She tries feeding Howard every half cracked dementia health cure cruciferous vegetables are a biggie and, with his teaching assistant, Theo, maintains the illusion that her father is still fit to teach by gathering graduate students for a non credit History of California class that meets in empty classrooms and occasionally off campus wherever they can be away from the watchful eye of Dean Levin As these strategies fail and Howard s behavior becomes ever erratic, Ruth realizes the best thing she can do is be a recorder of daily memories, just as Howard was for her when she was a little girl Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the moments Today you This is a delightfully quirky little book, in the same vein as Lisa Owens Not Working and Elizabeth McKenzie s The Portable Veblen I marked a bunch of funny metaphors This morning s hangover is a rodent pesky but manageable.It was grotesque, the way I kept trying to save that relationship Like trying to tuck an elephant into pants.The moon, tonight, looks like a cut zucchini coin.But you may well read this with a lump in your throat, too From one Christmas to the next, we see how much changes for this one family it s a reminder that even though the good times are still worth celebrating, they re gone before you know it flag 28 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 12, 2017 britt_brooke rated it really liked it Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the moments The quirky one offs really hooked me and sent me praising Khong s odd sense of humor and attention to bizarre details Even though this was largely written on the surface, it still struck a chord This family could be any of us idiosyncrasies, imperfections, and all My only complaint is that it was too short It was just a snippet of the story and I wanted another 100 pages flag 16 likesLike see review May 08, 2017 Kathleen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves free, arc, fiction, read ebook, 2017 book challenge completed, pub date 07 2017 july, netgalley 2017, read in 2017 I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review The honest truth is, I was not ready to read this I was drawn to the story of a woman whose father is in early stages of Alzheimer s due to a similar personal situation I read this less than three weeks after losing my father to a neurological condition that made him unable to speak and eventually progressed into dementia I mention this because I expect that there s a link between my r I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review The honest truth is, I was not ready to read this I was drawn to the story of a woman whose father is in early stages of Alzheimer s due to a similar personal situation I read this less than three weeks after losing my father to a neurological condition that made him unable to speak and eventually progressed into dementia I mention this because I expect that there s a link between my recent experience raw emotion, and my somewhat negative reaction toward the novel I considered not writing a review at all, but decided it may be helpful to someone There may be others in a situation similar to mine, so instead will just say, please take this review for what it s worth I m sure many people are drawn to books about parents with Alzheimer s and dementia because we hope to draw something out of it to help us understand our own struggle watching our loved ones slowly slip away For me, this was somewhat difficult to get through Ruth, the main character, agrees to quit her job and move in with her parents so that she can be her father s catetaker while her mother is working It s written in an epistolary style, like journal entries, as we understand what is happening in her life over the course of a year I think the coldness of that style made it hard for me to get into I was also distracted by the practical improbability of how this 30 year old woman was able to drop everything and become a full time caregiver for her father I will forever wish I could have done that for my father but where does the money come from In reality, this is a very emotionally and financially draining disease and dramatically, the story works well, but practically it was hard to put myself in this character s place, after the path I have already walked flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 28, 2017 Cindy Thoughts From a Page Burnett rated it liked it Shelves librarything Goodbye, Vitamin tells a heartbreaking story of the impact of Alzheimer s on both the individual afflicted and those who love that individual Khong accurately depicts the effects of Alzheimer s on the brain and how scary those effects are to everyone involved She also includes some interesting information on how the disease was named which I enjoyed learning.I think my anticipation of how good this book would be may have ended up coloring how I felt about it in the end From the first time I r Goodbye, Vitamin tells a heartbreaking story of the impact of Alzheimer s on both the individual afflicted and those who love that individual Khong accurately depicts the effects of Alzheimer s on the brain and how scary those effects are to everyone involved She also includes some interesting information on how the disease was named which I enjoyed learning.I think my anticipation of how good this book would be may have ended up coloring how I felt about it in the end From the first time I read about Goodbye, Vitamin I was dying to read it When I finally got a copy and sat down to read it, I think the book could not meet my high expectations, and several of my recent reads made Goodbye, Vitamin not quite as appealing as it might have been otherwise I am only including these thoughts because I might have liked the book better in other circumstances.A recent trend in literature seems to be a scattered, random method of telling a story Goodbye, Vitamin is written this way as well as Chemistry by Weike Wang I felt Wang managed this method better, and as a result, I enjoyed that story a bit better I found Goodbye, Vitamin to be a bit hard to follow and was not always sure what point she was trying to make, but overall I was glad that I read it.Thanks to LibraryThing and Henry Holt and Company for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 17 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2017 David Yoon rated it really liked it 30 year old Ruth finds herself sitting alone in her new apartment She was supposed to be sharing the place with her fiance Joel who, on the day of the move, announced he wouldn t be joining her and instead would be staying at their old place with his new girlfriend Soon after she is home for the holidays where she learns that her father has been having lapses He s in the early stages of Alzheimer s and has already lost his position at the college teaching history Ruth is asked to stay for 30 year old Ruth finds herself sitting alone in her new apartment She was supposed to be sharing the place with her fiance Joel who, on the day of the move, announced he wouldn t be joining her and instead would be staying at their old place with his new girlfriend Soon after she is home for the holidays where she learns that her father has been having lapses He s in the early stages of Alzheimer s and has already lost his position at the college teaching history Ruth is asked to stay for a year to help out Her younger brother has decided to stay away, having still not forgiven their father for his infidelity and alcoholism when he was younger Sounds like a ton of fun But Rachel Khong works with a light touch.Ruth records her year at home in diary format Her accounts are bookended with the notes her own father left for her in an old notebook She reads about her youthful queries about where metal comes from and what flavor are germs It s a year in the life There s no real beginning or end, no tidy resolution It barely hints at the inevitable struggle that will grow in the following years and already has the gauzy feel of nostalgia It s a book about memory and the things we hold on to I suspect it would be frustrating for a reader hoping for a closer look at Alzheimers, a climactic confrontation of past betrayals, a sobbing acceptance of a love lost A swelling of the orchestra and an emotional close up None of that is here Ruth instead records the quirky everyday things that often stick out Her father holding his regime of vitamins in one hand, shaking them like dice I like that Wry and melancholic but still as familiar as your mom s cooking and just as beautifully done flag 15 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2017 Rachel Le n rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017, read in 2017 4.5 stars, rounded up This debut novel is short, but wonderful Ruth, a young woman returns home to help care for her Alzheimer s ridden father after she and her fianc separate Khong is a fantastic writer and her prose reminded me a bit of Margaret Atwood s early work It s sparse and compelling, but also to steal from Miranda July s blurb sneaks up on you And the ending is absolutely beautiful flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 09, 2017 Brenda Ayala rated it it was ok Shelves shelf awareness I think I read this wrong.I get what the author was doing, but it didn t hold the same significance for me It s implied that our narrator is writing a journal, but since it is so all over the place and unorganized I couldn t help but think that it seemed like a cop out for the author to have no plot while writing.Plus I liked Ruth way as a child than as an adult I didn t find her or her family funny and the delivery left a lot to be desired Since everyone else is giving this like 4.5 s I think I read this wrong.I get what the author was doing, but it didn t hold the same significance for me It s implied that our narrator is writing a journal, but since it is so all over the place and unorganized I couldn t help but think that it seemed like a cop out for the author to have no plot while writing.Plus I liked Ruth way as a child than as an adult I didn t find her or her family funny and the delivery left a lot to be desired Since everyone else is giving this like 4.5 stars then I will just say that I probably read it wrong and nobody should listen to me flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 03, 2017 Jaclyn Crupi rated it it was amazing This was lovely A diarised account of a year spent caring for ageing parents A year spent with Alzheimer s A sad story told with such happiness Khong draws beautiful parallels between parents raising children and children caring for parents Subtle and gentle and lovely flag 14 likesLike see review Aug 19, 2017 Tania rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorite books, fiction, audio, 2017 I went into this audio book without really knowing what to expect it has as many 2 star reviews as 4 and 5 star reviews in my GR group of friends I loved the raw honest feel of the writing nothing pretentious, nothing hidden I think one of the reasons that some readers did not enjoy it, is that it s written almost as a stream of consciousness, with extreme random thoughts at time I enjoyed this, as I enjoy getting a look into someone s mind and recognizing that we are all human with weird I went into this audio book without really knowing what to expect it has as many 2 star reviews as 4 and 5 star reviews in my GR group of friends I loved the raw honest feel of the writing nothing pretentious, nothing hidden I think one of the reasons that some readers did not enjoy it, is that it s written almost as a stream of consciousness, with extreme random thoughts at time I enjoyed this, as I enjoy getting a look into someone s mind and recognizing that we are all human with weird and wonderful thought processes Goodbye, Vitamin is about memory the making, sharing and losing thereof, it is also about loss and acceptance I especially loved how she shows that in the beginning of our lives our parents records our memories for us, and then at the end of their lives we return the favor The narrator was excellent If you enjoy stories that focuses on our internal experience of situations, then this is for you flag 12 likesLike see review Sonja Arlow I always find it so amusing when the two of us has such vastly different reactions to books Aug 20, 2017 02 42AM Tania Sonja wrote I always find it so amusing when the two of us has such vastly different reactions to books It keeps it interesting 18 hours, 36 min ago Jul 31, 2017 Stephanie Anze rated it liked it Shelves fiction Ruth returns to her childhood home after being away for a long period of time Her mother calls on her to please come and help take care of her father, whose symptoms of Alzheimers are worsening Almost thirty and recently separated, Ruth quits her job and moves back home for a year As she navigates the day to day with her dad, she discovers the fragile yet strong bonds that keep her family together.Dealing with Alzeimers disease, this novel makes light of the situation without being disrespect Ruth returns to her childhood home after being away for a long period of time Her mother calls on her to please come and help take care of her father, whose symptoms of Alzheimer s are worsening Almost thirty and recently separated, Ruth quits her job and moves back home for a year As she navigates the day to day with her dad, she discovers the fragile yet strong bonds that keep her family together.Dealing with Alzeimer s disease, this novel makes light of the situation without being disrespectful Funny and humorous in spots, this brief book was also quite profound Ruth s father used to be a history professor at college As his symptoms worsened, he was dismissed from his post Yet, he still has so much to say His family struggles to keep a stable envinronment, not just for his sake but theirs as well This unfortunate ordeal forces the family to re examine their past and the state of their current relationships to each other Its a painful and complicated situation but one that is necessary in other for them to help him This contemporary work will make you think differently about family, about the bonds that bring them together but also challenge what we believe A good book all around flag 12 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2017 Sonja Arlow rated it it was ok Shelves audio books, 2017 read You know those 3D pictures where you need to stand close to the page full of blobs and swirls and slowly move your head back and as you do the 3D picture magically emerges in front of your eyes Reading this felt like there was so many distractions I just could not appreciate the hidden story matter how hard I tried.Ruth s father has recently been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer s She decides to move back home for a year to help her mother manage The story takes on the form of her diary e You know those 3D pictures where you need to stand close to the page full of blobs and swirls and slowly move your head back and as you do the 3D picture magically emerges in front of your eyes Reading this felt like there was so many distractions I just could not appreciate the hidden story matter how hard I tried.Ruth s father has recently been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer s She decides to move back home for a year to help her mother manage The story takes on the form of her diary entries during this period.It took me way too long to get through this 4 hour audio book I wonder if it would not have been better reading it in one sitting because the experience felt very disjointed and all over the place.I started this hoping to be pulled in by the story and humour but I felt that the book was lacking on both fronts There is no real plot as the novel consist of short diary entries and flash backs These entries felt like random observations and thoughts rather than a clear narrative There are a lot of readers who loved this but it s one of those books that s definitely not for everyone and that s ok flag 9 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Donna I liked your review Sorry this one didn t work out for you I m not sure I ll put this one on my list Aug 18, 2017 07 21PM Sonja Arlow Donna wrote I liked your review Sorry this one didn t work out for you I m not sure I ll put this one on my list I am not a big fan of stream of Donna wrote I liked your review Sorry this one didn t work out for you I m not sure I ll put this one on my list I am not a big fan of stream of consciousness narratives but Tania mentioned that she is enjoying this so perhaps its just me Aug 18, 2017 10 34PM Jul 03, 2017 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, location usa ca s, themes aging A blurb by Miranda July on the cover of this book says it sneaks up on you That s it in a nutshell Beginning rather slowly, the plot seems to travel familiar territory young, disillusioned woman suffers a devastating breakup from out of the blue, moves back to the family home to help her mother care for her father recently diagnosed with Alzheimer s But this is an original, heartfelt treatment, that by its end, had me in tears Ruth learns about her relationship with her father than A blurb by Miranda July on the cover of this book says it sneaks up on you That s it in a nutshell Beginning rather slowly, the plot seems to travel familiar territory young, disillusioned woman suffers a devastating breakup from out of the blue, moves back to the family home to help her mother care for her father recently diagnosed with Alzheimer s But this is an original, heartfelt treatment, that by its end, had me in tears Ruth learns about her relationship with her father than she d previously known through lists of memories he presents her with Somewhere down the line, she starts providing lists of her own One of the amazing images contained herein, is that of the brain as a box that contains one s thoughts, a box becoming overlaid with tape, rendering access and difficult Was there ever a poignant, accurate description of Alzheimer s, with its nerve deadening plaque Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the memories This one will be read again flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 16, 2017 Tammy rated it really liked it Shelves release 2017 This book hits home with me so I wasn t sure if I d be able to read this This was a sweet story with a lot of truth in those written words The diary formatting was a little different than I m used to but all in all it was a quick read that hit on the reality of what it s like to care for someone with that condition flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong 6 17 Aug 05, 2017 10 36PM More topics Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Fiction 163 users Contemporary 26 users See top shelves Books by Rachel Khong More Share This Book 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Goodbye, Vitamin
Larry H

I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she c

Goodbye, Vitamin
Cheri

4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age togethe

Goodbye, Vitamin
Carol

3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnect


Goodbye, Vitamin
Jill Croce-McGill

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her

Goodbye, Vitamin
Julie

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon fo

Goodbye, Vitamin
Vanessa

Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a who

Goodbye, Vitamin
Karen

After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgall

Goodbye, Vitamin
Marchpane

This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast,

Goodbye, Vitamin
JanB

4.5 starsWhat a sweet, sad, yet funny book Told in journal entry format, the novel follows one year in the life of Ruth, who, reeling from a break up, goes home to help her mother take care of her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s She has avoided her family for years, as her father was a drinker and cheated on her mom Throughout the novel are snippets of journal entries of her father s from when Ruth was a child The wonder of the world through a child s eyes is seen, as many of the en

Goodbye, Vitamin
Maxwell

This is a sweet story that reminded me of the film Other People It somehow straddles being light and quick with such a heavy subject matter Alzheimer s Hard to call it a summer poolside read because it is a bit sad, but I can imagine taking this one on a vacation if you re in the mood for something to get lost in or dip in and out of, but still finish in a timely manner.

thumbnail Title: Goodbye, Vitamin
Author:Rachel Khong
ISBN :1250109167
ranting: 1.5
Reviewer: 163 Reviews
Description: A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this fine, funny, and inescapably touching debut, from an affecting and wonderfully original new literary voice.A few days after Christmas

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