Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Honey, I Sold the Red Cadillac (Learning to Cope With Lewy Body Dementia) by Bob Wolf is a non-fiction health/medical book that would appeal most to an adult audience who either has or knows someone who has Lewy Body Dementia. This book is designed to teach readers about a variation of Parkinson’s disease, known as Lewy Body Dementia or LBD, and how it affects the patient, their family, and their caregiver(s). In 2011, Carol began to show the symptoms of LBD and from then on the lives of Carol and her husband, Bob, were forever altered. Carol’s condition caused her to experience all sorts of hallucinations, ranging from the bedroom curtains being on fire to the little league team showering in the couple’s bathroom. Throughout it all, Bob shares insights into Carol’s condition, how they dealt with and coped with it, as well as some of the lessons he learned from being her caregiver. Are you ready to learn about LBD through the eyes of a caregiver?
As a psychology student, I found Honey, I Sold the Red Cadillac (Learning to Cope With Lewy Body Dementia) by Bob Wolf to be particularly interesting as it not only explored the LBD condition, but how it truly affected the lives of Carol and Bob. I found the way they dealt with Carol’s hallucinations to be interesting on a psychological level, as previously I only knew what my textbooks suggested. One reads about how two real people really dealt with the condition in more than a case study article. I found the author’s writing style to be well chosen as he shares his experiences without coming off as “preachy.” Instead, he feels like an experienced caregiver who wants to allow others to benefit from his own knowledge and experiences. I would recommend this book to all LBD caregivers as it is a valuable resource!