book-shelf-349934_640Currently, I'm reading Without A Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall. The author got pregnant in 1965 at the age of 16, and her mother insisted she leave the house (to stay hidden in her father and step-mother's home) and give up the baby for adoption. She had always felt loved by her mother and never imagined that her mother's love could be so fragile. Their mother-daughter relationship never recovered, and the daughter spent years wandering, grieving the loss of her childhood, her mother, and her baby. But later she and her mother develop a kind of friendship and when her mother gets MS, the daughter ends up caring for her at the end of her life. It's just one chapter at the end of a long book, but it's the one that will stay with me.

Another good one is And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. It's a novel made of interwoven stories, all of them about caregiving in one way or another. It's my favorite of his books.

I'm in an online book club, and the next month's book is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. It's about a woman with Alzheimer's who is investigating a mystery from the past. I can't bring myself to read it. Someone in the group already used the word "heart-breaking" to describe it.

Another book that I have on my computer but am afraid to read is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. A 50-year-old Harvard professor is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I've read good reviews, that the author mostly gets it right. Has anyone read this or the previous?

Today my husband came back from a five-day trip out of state for a conference, and it's a relief to have him safe at home.

Yesterday, Mom was crying about her leg even though I thought the day had been nothing but good. I couldn't seem to comfort her, and my attempt to emphasize the positive (and I knew better but couldn't help myself) obviously did more harm than good. I went upstairs and asked my son if he felt like spending some time with his grandma to cheer her up. He said, "You don't have to ask me to do that!" and went downstairs immediately. He found a movie for them to watch, and when I saw her later, she was in a much better mood. He is a sweet and loving child, and I'm so grateful for him.

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I read The Caregivers and loved it. Thanks so much <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@mariakeil</a> for the recommendation and <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@denise</a> for the podcast link! Can't wait to listen to that! How cool that you got to meet her. The book was very well written and interesting.

Lillie Fuller

I have read Still Alice and I thought it was an amazing book! I love to read, it gives me time away!! Thank you for the reading recommendations.

John Parks-Coleman

I'm going to get those books onto my Kindle! <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@lilmagill</a> just made life easier for me; since, I have some Blue Tooth headphones, I can leave the Kindle on my end table, and get a book read to me while I'm doing my daily activities. I need to step away from the Science Fiction for a while; and, these books will be a good change (and, I might even learn something, too!).


You can listen to my interview with Nell Lake, who wrote The Caregivers, here: :)


Thanks for the tip about The Caregivers. I just ordered it!

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