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Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother

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"In this frank account, by turns sad and terribly funny, the journalist Federico describes how her distant, patrician octogenarian mother, Addie, grew batty and vulnerable. Federico, the youngest of Addie's five children, rearranged her life with her own family in Nova Scotia to fly back and forth over the course of several years to Oldhill, N.J., to assist, along with her brother William, her mother and her mother's Alzheimer's-addled second husband, Walter. Recently married (Addie's first husband, the author's father, died of a heart attack years before), the couple drank heavily, complicating Walter's tendency to become abusive and Addie's physical frailty and bad eyesight. Finally, constant home care was required for the couple, necessitating the hiring of a team of revolving, frequently in-fighting workers, some truly caring, others downright crooked. The house became a disaster zone, christened the Departure Lounge, where the inhabitants erupted in loony non sequiturs and erratic behavior. Addie would put on all her jewelry and sing show tunes (until the jewelry mysteriously disappeared); Walter began receiving sex toys in the mail; and a trip to the bank resulted in $1,600 in dollar bills flying out of the limo window on the way home. Federico gently delineates the humiliating burden caused by the loss of memory, while humanely portraying a brave new sympathy and understanding between her mother and herself. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The first wave of baby boomers will turn 65 in two years, heralding the rapid increase of a population heading into its golden years. Within this group, Americans over 85 are the fastest-growing segment. There is some well-founded speculation, therefore, that boomers will spend more time caring for their parents than raising their own children. Memoirs by Terrell Harris Dougan and Meg Federico address... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

With an eye for the absurd, Federico takes readers on a raucous road trip in this funny, heartfelt, and timely account of one daughter's tumultuous journey caring for her aging parents.

About the Author

Meg Federico regularly writes humor for the National Post. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Shambhala Sun, and Agni Magazine (Boston University Press). She has written commentary and created documentaries for CBC Radio. For several years, she wrote a successful column, “Transitions: Issues in Caregiving,” for the Halifax Daily News. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400067954
Subtitle:
Adventures in Mothering Mother
Author:
Federico, Meg
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Aging parents
Subject:
Parent and adult child
Subject:
Caregivers -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090210
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.46x6.36x.93 in. .87 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Random House - English 9781400067954 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this frank account, by turns sad and terribly funny, the journalist Federico describes how her distant, patrician octogenarian mother, Addie, grew batty and vulnerable. Federico, the youngest of Addie's five children, rearranged her life with her own family in Nova Scotia to fly back and forth over the course of several years to Oldhill, N.J., to assist, along with her brother William, her mother and her mother's Alzheimer's-addled second husband, Walter. Recently married (Addie's first husband, the author's father, died of a heart attack years before), the couple drank heavily, complicating Walter's tendency to become abusive and Addie's physical frailty and bad eyesight. Finally, constant home care was required for the couple, necessitating the hiring of a team of revolving, frequently in-fighting workers, some truly caring, others downright crooked. The house became a disaster zone, christened the Departure Lounge, where the inhabitants erupted in loony non sequiturs and erratic behavior. Addie would put on all her jewelry and sing show tunes (until the jewelry mysteriously disappeared); Walter began receiving sex toys in the mail; and a trip to the bank resulted in $1,600 in dollar bills flying out of the limo window on the way home. Federico gently delineates the humiliating burden caused by the loss of memory, while humanely portraying a brave new sympathy and understanding between her mother and herself. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With an eye for the absurd, Federico takes readers on a raucous road trip in this funny, heartfelt, and timely account of one daughter's tumultuous journey caring for her aging parents.
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