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Saturday, September 08, 2007

My review of Mothering Mother and blog tour!

The author has made a generous offer. She will give away a copy of her book to any person who comments on this post. However, I can only pick one, so your name will go in a hat. I'll select a winner within the next few days. To link to her website, click here...

From the Publisher:

• Hardcover: 208 pages
• Publisher: Kunati Inc. (April 1, 2007)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 160164003X
• ISBN-13: 978-1601640031

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.

My Review:

Mothering Mother is the most open and honest memoir I’ve ever read. I do believe it captured the author’s experience in a powerful way. For the duration of the book, which is told in first person, you are living Carol’s life. You feel her joy, her stress, the love she had for her mother, and the discouragement and disillusionment she experienced as age and disease slowly ate away at the vibrant mother she once knew. Since I also lost my mother to disease over a twenty year period of time (although in my mother’s case it was MS) I could totally identify with the author and thus road along on the emotional roller coaster with her. For that reason it took me awhile longer to read this book than it normally would as it was heavy material for me to ponder even with the continually interjected humor.

In a sense I relived a bit of my own experience through this story. Unlike Carol’s experience, however, I regret that I was not present when my mother died. Thus I experienced the “going home” segment of the book in a special way as I imagined those final hours. Mothering Mother will stick with me for a long time. For me, this book is a keeper. I think it would be a fabulous resource for someone who feels like their entire life centers around taking care of someone they love, and it will encourage them despite the challenges that might make them want to give up. I found the story very inspiring and give it my highest rating.

Author Description:
Carol D. O'Dell is a teacher and author whose work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including AIM—America’s Intercultural Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, MARGIN Magazine, The Pisgah Review, and Timber Creek Review. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting. I would love to read this. My own mother has alzheimers right now and is in a nursing home.

Angela Breidenbach said...

I would enjoy reading this as I did mother my mother. I'm sure we had a lot in common.
Angie Breidenbach

Mama Zen said...

This sounds fascinating!

Anonymous said...

my mom has alzheimers too... a good book to read l think! Percy

Qtpies7 said...

I worry about this happening. I would be the one to take care of my mom. I couldn't imagine putting her in a home. Her father and uncle had Alzhiemers and it was difficult for us all.
I am blogging about this on my Good Things blog and would like to put it in my column on if it will still be open on Thursday. Would you let me know, please? Thanks!

Emma said...

Mi Michelle -- remember I said I'd only comment if I really really wanted the book featured?? Well, this one does sound like one I'd love! :)Emma

Michelle said...

And the winner is... Laura! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

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