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Mothering Mother

A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir

Carol D. O'Dell


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Compelling and heartrending, this personal memoir chronicles the author's decision not to put her mother, who has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, in "one of those homes" and relays the far-reaching consequences this choice has on her entire family. Detailing the challenges of reversing roles and learning to mother one's own mother, this refreshing and entertaining autobiography will help those struggling with their own decisions on elder care in the home. It touches on the importance of relationships—such as how they impact our souls and beliefs about ourselves and the quality of life—and explores the larger questions of faith, hope, and ultimately death.

Praise For Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir

"I loved this book! I not only loved it, I lived it. I laughed, I smiled and shuddered reading this book. O’Dell has captured the essence of every Baby Boomer’s struggle to parent our parents."  — Judy H. Wright, author, Kids, Chores & More

"Those of us in the Baby-boomer generation will resonate with the emotional roller coaster that many of us have or are currently experiencing, or fear having to face with our own aging parents."  —Barry K. Baines, MD, author, Ethical Wills: Putting your Values on Paper

"Carol O'Dell is my new hero. . . . Told in vignettes instead of a linear fashion, O'Dell tells in brutal honesty the horrors and pleasures of exactly what one shoulders when saying, 'Come live with us; I'll take care of you.'"  —Armchair Interviews, Casa Publishing

"Make[s] you laugh and cry, often at the same time, and would be a godsend to current or potential care-givers."  —Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida

Kunati Inc., 9781601640031, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007