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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Cowen Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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Elizabeth, a member of the sandwich generation, people caught in the middle of simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents, is the mother of Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and responsible for both. Hers is the story of a woman's struggle to keep her family whole, to raise her child in a house of laughter and love, and to keep her father from hiding the house keys in his slippers.

In this story full of everyday triumphs, first steps, and elderly confusion, Ava, a baby, finds each new picture, each new word, each new song something to learn greedily, joyfully. Daddy is a man in his twilight years for whom time moves slowly and lessons are not learned but quietly, frustratingly forgotten. Elizabeth, a suddenly single mother with a career and a mortgage and a hamper of laundry, finds her world spiraling out of control yet full of beauty. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head on.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/12/2014

    " This book gives an idea of some of the struggles of a woman trying to take care of her young child & father with alzheimers disease. I liked it because it shared her raw experiences and how hard it is to deal with your own life while trying to take care of both a child and an aging parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely Patterson | 12/21/2013

    " This book shows a beautiful picture of the different stages of life. I borrowed it from a friend. She said, "You can borrow it, but it's not my favorite. I read it for a class in college and it's sort of sad." Well, I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. Some parts of it are sad, but such is life. You can learn lessons about life, love, loss, and many things in between from this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/18/2013

    " I pulled this from the library because I thought it sounded interesting and it had gotten a good NY Times review... I was then surprised to see that the author was (at the time of writing) a journalist at the local paper near where I grew up. It's a well-written, honest look about being a single mother and taking care of her father who has Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophfronia Scott | 12/12/2013

    " Elizabeth Cohen's writing is beautiful and poetic as she recounts the draining time she spent alone caring for her Alzheimer's-stricken father and her baby daughter. Her story is powerful and sure to connect with anyone who has had the difficult task of being in charge of a loved one who doesn't always know who you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/30/2013

    " This is a wonderful touching book about a woman who is raising her 1 year old daughter while at the same time caring for her father who is suffering from "Alzenheimers" as he calls it. Great parallels to the circle of life from where we began to where we sometimes end. The book is effective without being overly sentimental and sloppy - somewhat of a third person point of view written from a first person perspective. It stays with you after you close the last page which to me always says a lot about a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/10/2013

    " story of a woman with a toddler and a father with Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 11/4/2013

    " Such a beautiful, quiet book that never tries too hard to do too much. Many of the scenes shook me in the best way, and I really can't wait to read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Rosfeld | 10/28/2013

    " The author wanted to chronicle her Father's slow descent into Alzheimers, but the people in this book just aggravated the life out of me. There were some poignant moments but I could not connect to the main person (real) and her decisions and dilemas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 10/28/2013

    " This book is beautifully written and would be a comfort as well as an encouragement to anyone who is a caretaker to a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha DeBoer | 9/17/2013

    " This is a good book about a woman raising her daughter who is gaining skills, while also caring for her father who is losing them. An insightful interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. G. | 7/9/2013

    " Gorgeous and heartbreaking memoir about a 40-year old single woman raising a newborn and caring for her 80-year-old father with Alzheimer's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snedley | 7/7/2013

    " One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Considering the topic, it is not depressing. Though non-fiction, incredibly interesting story and often reads like poetry. I highly recommend even if you have no experience with Alzheimers in your family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/5/2013

    " I laughed and cried. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/5/2013

    " caught in the middle of life between child and dad with Alzheimer's...funny, sad, painful and true "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith | 11/21/2011

    " A divorced woman with a small child takes on the care of her Alzheimers father.... things are so hard and she gets so frustrated but she hangs in there. She tells her story with humor and compassion. I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Englehart | 8/2/2011

    " This is the affecting account of the author's struggle to care for her Alzheimer's-afflicted father and her infant child. It would be most enlightening for anyone caring for a family member with Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/26/2007

    " A memoir of a daughter taking care of her elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's (sp?) or "Alzenheimers" as he calls it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/25/2007

    " A personal memoir about living with her dad after his Alzheimers diagnosis. Rather repetitive at times but if you are looking for a memoir on Alzheimers, this is an easy quick read. I liked that she remained very positive and humorous about the situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/13/2007

    " Very touching memoir about a woman who is caring for her 80 year old father with Alzheimers and her baby. She has good insights about the parallels between beginning of life and end of life, and adds a touch of humor to the scene as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 11/4/2006

    " It's a little repetitive. You can tell she expanded her columns into a book. I'm glad I never had to deal with a parent with Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 3/18/2005

    " This was a very sad story, but it was also gripping because I wanted to see how Elizabeth was able to cope with such immense challenges. Alzheimers is a terrible disease and it is hard to imagine what it would be like to suffer from it. I was in tears throughout while reading it. "

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