I had heard about Oscar and wondered how they could write an entire book on him! This book is especially wonderful in helping you understand and empathize with caretakers of ailing family members and/or friends. I would especially recommend the book as a gift to those who have family members or friends with alzheimers as it seems to provide a wonderful understanding of what to expect, along with some consolation and reassurance that others are experiencing the same emotions as they are taking care of loved ones who are "unlearning" life during this awful disease. I am not a caretaker nor do I know anyone who has alzheimers. However, I was fully engaged in the book which completely engrosses you in the lives of various families and how they and their loved ones were able to better cope with death and dying through the loving companionship of Oscar.