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“Told with extraordinary vulnerability, grace, humor, and profound insight, On Pluto is an intimate look inside the mind of Greg O’Brien, a journalist diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s. But the real gem of On Pluto lies in its unflinching look inside Greg’s heart.

If you’re trying to understand what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s…
then you need to read this book.”
—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice


Alzheimer’s is a death in slow motion, like having a sliver of your brain shaved off every day. For more than ten years, writer Greg O’Brien has taken detailed notes as an embedded reporter inside the mind of Alzheimer’s, chronicling the progression of this demon of a disease.

O’Brien was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s several years ago, after the disease took his maternal grandfather and his mother, O’Brien, working off a cognitive reserve, offers an illuminating, naked blueprint of strategies, faith, and humor needed to fight this disease, a day-to-day focus on living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it—a hope that all is not lost when it appears to be.

O’Brien and his family also were subjects of a short film about Alzheimer’s, produced by legendary film maker Steve James, A Place Called Pluto. The film, accessed online at, was screened at film festivals across the country, including the distinguished Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a groundbreaking work, a must read for Baby Boomers who face a tsunami of Alzheimer’s in years to come. It’s a story that could be yours one day.