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Life with Pop by Janis Abrahms Spring
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May 08, 09

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-i-own, bios-memoirs, non-fiction, self-help
Read in May, 2009, read count: 1

This is a profound and sensitive book that explores a serious cultural issue of our day. More and more adults are facing the challenge of not only saying goodbye to their parents, but making their goodbyes over a drawn-out period of exhausting caretaking. The story and lessons Dr. Spring shares are told in a personal and realistic way - at times, I felt she was even too personal, too realistic. As I progressed through the pages, however, I realized that, rather than being a draw-back of the writing, the sometimes stark narrative was actually making her feelings more real to me. The personal, awkward moments she shared were tastefully related - never shocking or grotesque... just very real.

This is not a journey I have personally traveled yet, but my mother & aunt are facing this situation in their own lives right now. Still, I learned many important things from this book - things that have benefited seemingly unrelated issues in my own life, and things I have been able to share with my mother in the challenge she is dealing with. I am very glad to have read it, and highly recommend it to adult readers of all backgrounds.
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