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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 921 BER (Text) 33500013302898 New Checked out 12/26/2020
Moorhead Public Library 921 BER (Text) 33500013302880 New On holds shelf -
Thief River Falls Public Library 921 BER (Text) 35500006327033 New Checked out 12/14/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780593134696
  • ISBN: 0593134672
  • ISBN: 9780593134672
  • Physical Description: xiii, 198 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

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Summary, etc.: "For as long as Elizabeth can remember, she has watched her father trail after her mother, kissing her multiple times a day and holding her hand. She watched her mother smooth the lines in her father's face and pay attention to his every move, even when she was desperate for some time to herself. When her parents began to age, Elizabeth and her siblings are placed in the difficult position of taking over more and more supportive roles and tasks. They fix their parents' home, negotiate finances, eventually weather the back and forth of will they or won't they move into a nursing facility; finally they do. Berg gracefully takes readers through navigating the emotional and physical challenger of guiding parents through the final stages of life. In this touching and heart-warming memoir, Berg includes raw accounts of disagreements, encouraging stubborn parents, and dealing with her own heartache and loss. Berg confront both the realities of the situation and the brighter, happy, funny and endearing moments and memories"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    *Starred Review* As beloved, best-selling novelist Berg (The Confession Club, 2019) turns 70, her thoughts are often with her parents in Minnesota. Her father, who was once an imposing if not patient man, is heading into dementia; her mother loses her sister and is losing her patience with both her husband and her daughters. Berg's parents have reached the point where they are no longer safe in their own home, but resist the idea of moving into assisted living. Berg's sister, Vickie, lives nearby, but the author visits often to help her parents make this life-changing transition, and memories of her childhood come crashing back as she helps them sort through their possessions. Her parents always had a loving marriage, but as her father becomes more dependent on his wife, Berg's mother becomes so angry and resentful that the author and her sister finally lash out, and then suffer from guilt. There are bright moments, too, when her parents seem to be meeting friends and finding their place in their new home; but there are other challenges for both caregivers and patients when their physical and mental health continue to fail. Berg's fans will be touched by her disclosures, and readers caring for an aging parent will see themselves in Berg's painfully honest, beautifully written account, and be comforted by her insights. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Confession Club, Night of Miracles, The Story of Arthur Truluv, Open House (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg’s work has been published in thirty countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. She lives outside Chicago.

Subject: Berg, Elizabeth
Adult children of aging parents Biography
Authors Family Biography
Berg, Elizabeth
Adult children of aging parents
Genre: Biographies.
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