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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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“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
Top Customer Reviews
That began a very unusual relationship between the two in “Under One Roof: Lessons I Learned from a Tough Old Woman in a Little Old House. Barry Marin succeeds in telling his story beautifully and you will reading about his unusual friendship and learn so much from both of them.
Miss Edith Wilson Macefield is ornery, well dressed, can swear like a lumberjack and has known so many well-known people in her life so many that it seems like fiction. In fact Barry Martin is constantly wondering are her stories true or made up. She escaped from a Nazi prison camp and she taught a dance to Mickey Rooney and that is just a tiny glimpse of her experiences... Even though her stories are startling and diverse, the true value of this book is that of friendship and learning how to treat seniors.
I hope that you will read this book, I don’t see how it is possible that you will be disappointed, and it is a gem. I recommend it to all people who have parents who are alive or are caregivers and to all who want to read a fantastic story.
I received this book as a win from FirstReads but that in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings in this review.
There's so much in this story to love. Edith herself in her youth was an almost mythically heroic figure, and even now she's fiercely independent and a handful; Barry is the kind of guy you'd want for a son, dad, brother, but at times he blows his top trying to care for her; and his family and coworkers are all stand-up people. There are lessons aplenty in this book, which is well-written, well-paced, and well-edited. If you'll bear with me, I'd enjoy sharing a couple of passages with you.Read more ›
Mrs. Macefield and Mr. Martin became acquainted due to a construction project that literally rose up around her tiny old house. Mrs. Macefield refused to sell her property to the developer of a shopping mall and what resulted was the unlikely friendship between a fiesty, oftentimes obstreperous 85 year old woman and the head of the construction project.
The book is written in a down to earth way that makes the reader feel as if Mr. Martin is sitting across from you talking to you as a friend or neighbor while spinning out his tale. This tale is the journey two people traversed that ended in understanding and compassion. It required baby steps....along with much give and take (quite a bit of take and manipulation on Edith's part) and ended to the surprise of both, I believe, with affection and a deeper understanding of the difficulties, frustrations, and loss of dignity so often experienced by the elderly. Mr. Martin came away with new insight on how to deal effectively with older people and was able to use that insight in his own family when dealing with his father's struggle with Alzheimer's. He came to understand boundaries; the difference between what was easiest for him in dealing with Edith as opposed to what was truly in her best interests. He learned that sometimes manipulation, anger, and tantrums on her part were, in truth, ways of expressing her frustration and fear of losing control over her life.
I believe that both Edith and Barry were enriched by their time together and were a testament to the power of friendship
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took care if my elderly mother book brought back some the the same emotions and feelings. All worth the stress.Published 5 days ago by LINDA BENJAMIN
Love this book so I wanted my own copy. This was a great price and in great condition.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this book, a great heartwarming story.Published 4 months ago by Marie A. Gaborik
Many times I cried reading this book. It's heartwarming. It also made me laugh. It brings out both sides of life's dilemmas
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I LOVED THIS BOOK BUT THERE IS ONE THING IS ALOT OF CUSSING. FROM BARRY AND EDITH. THAT SAID I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK . HOW WONDERFUL OF BARRY TO TAKE CARE OF EDITH AND LOVING HER. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VALERIE TOWNSEND