Five-Star Review. Pulling Taffy is a lovely, well-written memoir of a daughter's last months with her elderly mother's dementia and declining physical condition. Tinky Weisblat [writes] lovingly of her mother.... Despite the plethora of books about Alzheimer's/Dementia, Pulling Taffy should be on readers' lists everywhere.
-- Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite A touching account of a daughter turned caregiver to her dementia-afflicted mother...The author's account of her final year with her mother provides a candid look at an emotionally wrenching time that included laughter, tears, cooking, singing and dancing...Recounting her year of caretaking with honest humility, Weisblat created a forum for the author to forgive herself for her perceived shortcomings, and her book may help relieve the pressure for readers who find themselves in similar circumstances.A poignant, heartfelt memoir that offers support and inspiration. -- Kirkus Indie Reviews
[This] experience might have made for a sad story. But Weisblat, a freelance writer who lives in Hawley, focused instead on the moments of grace, love, acceptance and even humor....
Weisblat's narrative voice through all of this is conversational, sometimes funny, sometimes sad.... What emerges most strongly is a loving portrait of her mother....
"In the end, (my mother) taught me a lot about patience and living in the moment," Weisblat said. "And for that, I'm truly grateful." -- Steve Pfarrer, The Amherst Bulletin
No shrinking violet, the self-described "chanteuse" who often performs with renowned composer and fellow Hawleyite Alice Parker ... goes straight to the heart of the matter.... In probably the most challenging part of Weisblat's life, she nevertheless retained her unsinkable Molly Brown attitude--sometimes through tears--but always returning to sunny-side up somehow. She tells her and her mother's story with candor, compassion, and humor.
-- Virginia Ray, The Shelburne Falls & West County IndependentA loving, enduring mother-daughter relationship shines through on the page even under the frustration and stress caused by the effects of Alzheimer's disease. There's no shortage of reality in Pulling Taffy, which achieves that everyday-life blend of the pain of caring for an ailing parent and the joy that can be found in the simplest things, such as cooking together. -- Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly
From the Back Cover
Advance Praise for Pulling Taffy:
After doctors diagnose Tinky Weisblat's mother Jan "pleasantly demented," the two women begin a year of living together with Alzheimer's disease. Tinky finds that "fate keeps on happening," and she discovers resources in herself and her mother that bring them closer--even when they are at wit's end.Pulling Taffy
is a warm-hearted memoir full of love, humor, struggle, constancy and good old-fashioned pluck. The book reminds us that even when life grows dark, we encounter courage, grace and our own deepest humanity.
-- Martha Ackmann, author of The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League
Tinky Weisblat shows us how to enjoy the moment and embrace the person a dementia patient is now--and also forgive ourselves for not having all the answers. Tinky's insight into her mother's perspective is remarkable. She bends, adapts, invents, compromises, validates, sacrifices, and reaches to meet Taffy exactly where she is in her dementia journey. Tinky celebrates those little victories that all regivers experience (but rarely acknowledge). Pulling Taffy is not only a wonderful tribute to Taffy but an inspiring and uplifting read for caregivers and the general public.
-- Joan Miller Sutton, MA, Connections for Seniors