When I Married My Mother: A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo Kindle Edition
by Joe Maeder, 308p, 4.6/5 pg, 994 rev, $7.99 dig list
"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one." MAYA ANGELOU
An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged, doll-obsessed, hoarder mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees eldercare and making peace with the past in a most unexpected way. Bonus material includes an author Q&A, Mama Jo's Favorite Cookie award-winning recipe, caregiving tips, discussion questions, and links to the trailer and short film "The Doll Dilemma" by Jacob Rosdail. Suitable for age 15+
“This generous gift of a book explores the mystery of how doing the right thing can, in the end, become infinitely more.” TOMMY HAYS
“Who knew aging, memory-impaired mothers could surprise their reluctantly dutiful daughters? Jo’s counter-intuitive take on caring for Mama Jo speaks to the resilience in late-life family care relationships. As author and memoirist, Jo delighted participants at Duke’s Alzheimer’s conference by encouraging them to seek fresh, positive and personal perspectives on caring.” LISA P. GWYTHER, MSW, co-author The Alzheimer’s Action Plan: A Family Guide, Director of Duke Aging Center Family Support Program
From the Author
"My intention in writing this book was to address what helpful books like THE 36-HOUR DAY cover but told in a gripping narrative style. It warms my heart to see reader reviews echo this. However, you don't need to have a loved one in decline to enjoy it. My editor called it 'a misfit memoir and a great family saga.' I heartily agree."