A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents---And Ourselves
Publication Date: April 2011
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Author Jane Gross combines crucial practical information about caring for an aging parent with her own intimate story of caring for her mother in this essential guide for anyone navigating this unfamiliar, demanding, and emotional territory.
Jane Gross was a reporter for Sports Illustrated and Newsday before joining the New York Times in 1978. Her twenty-nine-year tenure there included national assignments as well as coverage of aging. In 2008, she launched a blog for the New York Times called The New Old Age, to which she still contributes. Jane has taught journalism at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University and was the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship. She lives in Westchester County, New York. Kate Reading has been a freelance narrator for over twenty years. She received an Audie Award for Bellwether by Connie Willis; an Audie nomination for The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, recorded with her husband, Michael Kramer; and an Audie nomination for Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell. She has also received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named her Narrator of the Year and, for two years running, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy for her narration of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. As Jennifer Mendenhall, she has worked as a stage actor in the Washington, D.C., area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, the Washington Theatre Lobby Awards, and the Carbonell Awards in Florida. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.
As part of Morning Edition's Family Matters financial literacy series, Renee Montagne talks to Jane Gross, author of A Bittersweet Season, about caring for her aging mother, and what she wishes she had known before she started. More at NPR.org
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"There are no easy answers here, because there are none. A thought-provoking resource for end-of-life care." ---Kirkus