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Life’s most memorable experiences are often born out of the smallest moments. In 2006, Barry Martin, a construction foreman, knocked on the door of Edith Macefield, a crusty octogenarian who stubbornly refused to yield to a developer’s offers to buy her house to make way for a shopping mall. Martin gives her his cellphone number, an act that leads to his becoming Edith’s friend and primary caretaker and forming a bond between them that is as strong as it is unexpected. As Edith’s health declines and she becomes increasingly dependent on and demanding of Martin, his response provides an object lesson in easing someone toward death with dignity, respect, and tolerance. Martin applies these same lessons when dealing with his father, who’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s just as Edith enters his life. With an assist from journalist Lerman, Martin’s memoir of his relationship with Edith is heartfelt and homespun. The wisdom he shares—you figure out the right thing to do, and you do it—will undoubtedly resonate with and inspire others struggling to care for elderly relatives or friends. --Patty Wetli
“Told with frankness and sincerity, Martin, with the assistance of former USA Today editor Lerman, skillfully blends his deep desire to aid Edith with his frustrations with this cantankerous woman, his need to spend time with his own children and wife, and his thoughts and feelings toward his ailing parents. With a bit of humor and the determination to do right by this stranger-turned-close friend, Martin was able to help Edith do as she wished . . . A tender tribute to Edith and her will to do things her way.”
“Martin’s memoir of his relationship with Edith is heartfelt and homespun. The wisdom he shares—you figure out the right thing to do, and you do it—will undoubtedly resonate with and inspire others struggling to care for elderly relatives or friends.” --Booklist
“UNDER ONE ROOF provides living proof that love often comes when it’s least expected, and most needed. This heartwarming book is a testament to the power of friendship, no matter how different those friends may be. I couldn’t put it down.” --Dr. David Dosa, author of Making the Rounds with Oscar
“This lovely tale reminds us that in the rush of our liveswe might suddenly turn a corner and meet a stranger who delivers us to a deeper understanding of our place and purpose in the world. Barry Martin has written a story for the age we find ourselves in now, when we need to discover once again that our shared humanity is what we have in common, and it matters more than all those things that divide us.”
--Don Snyder, author Of Time and Memory
“Under One Roof is a charming story and a blueprint for how to deal lovingly with the aging process. With compassion and humanity, Barry takes care of Edith and lets her make her own choices. Poignant and highly readable.” –Father Pat Connor, author of Whom Not to Marry: Time-Tested Advice from a Higher Authority
Very fine and interesting book about how a connection came to life between two people that had nothing in common.Published 3 months ago by Ionut
Glad i read it, but not enough on the lady and too much on the construction guy. Glad i read it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an outstanding book. Not only was it a tale of the construction (minor part of the tale), but its real lessons are how to listen, grow and be an advocate in a sensitive... Read morePublished 5 months ago by SueB
Very well written. It was hard to put it down. As an 85 year old it was interesting to see what I'm in for.Published 5 months ago by awc
Everyone should read this little book. I was made aware of Edith Macefield's "Up House" in the Ballard area of Seattle, a few months ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MMM1
An incredibly moving story about a man who simply took care of an old woman because it was the right thing to do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KPaust