Feeding My Mother

Feeding My Mother

Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives With Memory Loss

Book - 2017
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"Based on her hugely popular Facebook posts and Instagram photos, Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden's life that has turned her into the primary "parent" to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer's. Jann Arden moved in to a house just across the way from her parents in rural Alberta to be close to them but also so they could be her refuge from the demands of the music business and a performing career. Funny how time works. Since her dad died in 2015, Jann cooks for her mom five or six times a week. Her mom finds comfort in her daughter's kitchen, not just in the delicious food but also just sitting with her as she cooks. And Jann finds some peace in caring for her mom, even as her mom slowly becomes a stranger. "If you told me two years ago that I'd be here," Jann writes, "I wouldn't have believed it. And yet we still fall into so much laughter, feel so much insane gladness and joy. It's such a contrast from one minute to the next and it teaches me constantly: it makes me stronger and more humble and more empathetic and caring and kind." The many people who are dealing with a loved one who is losing it will find inspiration and strength in Jann's wholehearted, loving response and her totally Jann take on the upside-down world of a daughter mothering her mother. Feeding My Mother is one heck of an affirmation that life just keeps on keeping on, and a wonderful example of how you have to roll with it."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735273924
Branch Call Number: 362.19683110092 Ard
Characteristics: 195 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

It was a good read but I honestly was a bit disappointed. Far from the most memorable book on this topic

Feb 27, 2018

I loved this book. Laughter and tears and so much strength and determination from Jann and her parents. I feel as though I have had a personal visit with Jann Arden and her mom and dad. This book is so well done, with the pictures, the recipes and the stories. I can't wait to try your Shrimp Taco with Asian Coleslaw!

Feb 22, 2018

Another Arden masterpiece! Arden not only feeds her mother but feeds all the senses of her readers! This book is beautiful- wild Alberta landscapes, honest and soulful wisdom, simple yet yummy recipes!

DPLchandra Jan 31, 2018

Beautiful combination of memoir and cookbook from one of my favourite singers. This book had me alternately fighting back tears of sadness and laughter. Highly recommended.

Jan 10, 2018

As the author suggests, every journey with dimentia is unique. However Ms Arden's honest and at times heart breaking account of her experience with her mother's journey will resonate with many.

racing14 Nov 30, 2017

If the book is half as insightful and moving as her facebook posts it is worth the read.
Her writing is simply breathtaking. Jann captures her experience in such an honest and raw way. A must read for anyone who is coming to terms with helping their aging parents with health issues, not just alzheimer's disease.

debwalker Nov 21, 2017

The heartbreaking journey of the dementia caregiver.

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