October 1, 2014 - Book Release of “Slow Dancing With a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s”

Slow Dancing With A Stranger (New York Times Bestseller, October 2014) (see (per HarperCollins) for full book related appearances and reviews) was listed as a New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller (both as hard-cover, and in paperback launched September 2015, with a companion audio version). 100% of proceeds Supports Alzheimer’s Research.


“A cry from the heart of Meryl Comer calls us to confront the scourge of our generation. Alzheimer’s disease is laid bare as a slow killer of the health and spirit of the caregiver, the secondary victim, who sacrifices her career and identity to care for a loved one who is lost but still here. Comer’s pain is contained in elegant writing and finally channeled into a worthy purpose. But we cannot forget the human cost. Read and recommend this book as a call to action as haunting and urgent as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.”

GAIL SHEEHY, author of Passages in Caregiving and Daring: My Passages


“In an unvarnished account of caring for a husband with dementia, Meryl Comer lays out the struggles and gallantry of a devoted and remarkable caregiver.”

PETER V. RABINS, M.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of The 36-Hour Day


“No silver linings, no phony homages to ‘spiritual growth.’ Meryl Comer in Slow Dancing with a Stranger writes the unvarnished reality of being exposed as a wife, daughter, caregiver, and potential Alzheimer’s victim herself. Admire her bravery and honesty and applaud her for taking away some of the loneliness of the long distance caregiver.”

ELLEN GOODMAN, Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated columnist and author of Turing Points, Value Judgments, and Paper Trail: Common Sense in Uncommon Times


Slow Dancing with a Stranger is a remarkable and moving story that will change the way our generation thinks about how we deal with aging and caring for those we love. An amazing journey of caring, love, and resilience.”

TOM RATH, bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, Strength Based Leadership, and Eat Move Sleep


“Meryl Comer in Slow Dancing with a Stranger unveils Alzheimer’s Disease in a remarkable and vulnerable way. Her personal story provides knowledge, inspiration, and hope to us all. Her heroism jumps out from the pages and hopefully will motivate generations to make a difference against this horrible disease.”

DAVID B. AGUS, M.D., professor of medicine and engineering, University of Southern California and author of The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life