A staunch observer of the human condition for more than four decades, Down East Yankee John Gould has turned his perceptively critical lens toward life in an assisted-living facility. Years ago, even though growing old still felt like an afterthought, Gould and his wife moved to an assisted-living community in Maine, henceforth known as "Rhapsody Home." What they soon learned should be a lesson for us all. Here Gould, an American original and a perfect narrator, tells the disagreeable truth about life in Rhapsody Home, from the chef who quit because he couldn't stand the food, to the apartment windows that were designed never to open.
Captivatingly charming, sarcastic, erudite, and altogether wonderful, this is a skilled report of what it's like to live in an assisted-living facility and a much-needed look at the way we provide for our elders.