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When I Married My Mother: A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo Paperback – April 6, 2013
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"My intention in writing this book was to address what helpful Alzheimer's care books like THE 36-HOUR DAY cover but told in narrative style. However, you don't have to have a loved one with this disease or in decline to enjoy it. It's really about making peace with our parents (or children) and our past before it's too late. My editor called it 'a misfit memoir and a great family saga.' I heartily agree."
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Jo Maeder's story and my own seemed one and the same. Her mother's reactions, and actions, mirrored my step-father's.
Yes, I cried hard at times, and then I laughed so hard I peed myself!
It doesn't matter if you have cared for a loved one or not. This journey is beautiful. It is the perfect sunrise. Astonishing us with the depth of our emotional response to the every day natural wonder.
This book is full of love from the time you open the book, well past the final page.
I consider this book a priceless gift. I was not alone..
down, is a testament to Jo's ability to craft a real page-turner of this snapshot in time. The characters, alone, are alive with personality. Although you know the ending from start, I kept wishing it wouldn't happen; I miss these people already.
If you can read between the lines it might be easier to appreciate the book. Maybe I'm doing too much personal comparing!
Fast forward.... The father is long since dead.The daughter is a divorced, childless DJ and voice actress who has spent her adult life in and around New York City. The son is divorced with two children, has moved to a rural southern town, re-married and gotten religion. The mother (now widowed from a second marriage) is living in a house filled with hoarded stuff and has dementia. What to do?
Against all stereotypes, the obsessed-with-her-career daughter decides to clear out her mother's house (a book in itself!) buy a house near her brother, and be her mother's care-giver. It works because Maedor wants it to work. This is not a story of perfect people or perfect relationships, but it does highlight the value of family. As Mark Twain said, "Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." In spite of the supposed breakdown of the modern family, it's still true.