- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250003041
- ISBN-13: 978-1250003041
- ASIN: 1250003040
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Under One Roof: Lessons I Learned from a Tough Old Woman in a Little Old House Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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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.” ―Kirkus
“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
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The heart of this book is the story of the unlikely friendship which developed between the head contractor for the mall, and Edith Macefield. Most people rush judge the big, bad developer/contractor, but this man actually turned out to be a caring, wonderful family man who became Edith's caregiver and friend. She had no children and had outlived her husband. Her life, like so many elderly people's, was full of amazing stories, which would have gone unheard if it weren't for the contractor and author, Barry Martin. I laughed, I cried. It touched me deeply, and can teach us all a lesson in compassion and appreciation for someone else's life, elderly or not. Everyone has a story.
It's a short, easy read (the contractor wrote it, and I would read anything else he writes - his style is easy and casual). This is truly one of the top 5 books I have ever read. I didn't want to put it down.
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