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Buffalo Lockjaw

My Saturday read was Buffalo Lockjaw written by Greg Ames in 2009. I enjoyed it very much. Being a Buffalo outsider (living here just over a year), and a child of Alzheimer’s (mom was diagnosed with it for 18 years), the book struck home to me on several points.

Buffalo Lockjaw (I’d never heard that expression before this book but once it was explained, I liked it) is an easy read. The protagonist lives in NYC and comes home to Buffalo for Thanksgiving. It’s cold. He is bummed. His mother has Alzheimer’s. His dad is depressed. His friends haven’t changed.

If you’ve ever lived in Buffalo, you will appreciate all the local references in this book. If you’ve ever dealt with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’ll appreciate the honesty with which the author writes about it. It’s a great read. Give it a read.

REFERENCE:  Ames. G. (2009). Buffalo Lockjaw. New York: Hyperion.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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