May 9, 2015, 11:00 am
Book Launch, Ravenswood, Livermore, CA

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May 17, 2015, 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

May 30, 2015, 11:00 am
Paper Tiger, 408 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI

July 1, 2015, 4:00 pm
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA

Aug. 10, 2015, 3:00 pm
Heritage Estates, 900 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore, CA

Sept. 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Lyons Fine Books, 124 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

March 2, 2016, 7:00 pm
Books, Inc., 855 Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

June 5, 2016, 2:00 pm
Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA


Don’t Leave Yet has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards in the Memoir Category.

Don’t Leave Yet has also been named a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards in Narrative Nonfiction.


In this touching memoir, poet and writer Hanstedt tries to reconcile her suddenly vulnerable mother, who is slipping into Alzheimer’s, with the strong-willed matriarch of her childhood. When it becomes evident that her mother, once so decisive and sure, is suffering from depression and memory loss, Hanstedt and her older sister decide to move her (under protest) to an assisted-living facility. The battles begin as their mother begs to go home and complains constantly. As Hanstedt and her sister inventory their childhood home for auction and sale, items remind the author of growing up in a family that was often torn by her parents’ fights, her father’s drinking, and her mother’s demands. Although the children weren’t neglected, there seem to be few moments of love and tenderness. Interweaving these memories with the logistics of dealing with a lifetime of possessions and heartbreaking health-care decisions, Hanstedt works to understand her mother, forgive her actions, and accept her. Anyone dealing with an aging parent will empathize with Hanstedt’s struggles and find comfort in her honesty.  (Booklist)

Don’t Leave Yet is a moving memoir of a woman maturing into her own independence, confidence, and connectedness as she cares for her mother who is losing her identity through Alzheimer’s. As her mother declines, Constance Hanstedt remembers back through her childhood, rendering these scenes with precise and often heartbreaking details. This is a story that is being lived out in all its variations in so many families today and Don’t Leave Yet tells it with a clear and honest eye in a memoir that is graceful, vivid, and deeply human. (Ellen Bass)