This new edition of Jann Arden's inspirational #1 bestseller about "parenting" her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer's, brings us the next stages of the journey, as Jann moves her mom into care. Frank, funny, heartbreaking.
When Jann Arden moved in to a house just across the way from her parents in rural Alberta, the intent was to be close to them so they could be her refuge. When her dad died in 2015, Jann began to cook for her mom, whose memory was failing, five or six times a week. Her mom found comfort in Jann's kitchen--not just from the delicious food but also sitting with her daughter while she cooked. "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." But it is also one test after another, one loss after another, and now with her mother in care, Jann is facing the end of their road together.
The many people who are dealing with a loved one who is losing themselves will find inspiration and strength in Jann's wholehearted, loving response and her unique take on the upside-down world of a daughter mothering her mother. An affirmation that life keeps on keeping on, this book tells the inspiring story of how you have to roll with it.
JANN ARDEN is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster, actor, author and social media star. The celebrated multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album, Time for Mercy, featuring the hit single "I Would Die for You." A year later she had her international break-out hit, "Insensitive." She has written three books, the most recent being the #1 bestselling memoir, Falling Backwards. She is much in demand as a public speaker, and a favourite frequent guest on CBC's Rick Mercer Report and a guest host on CTV's The Social.
“[H]onest, humorous and inspirational. . . . Immerse yourself in [Arden’s] story and you’ll be mesmerized and inspired by the sunny outlook she’s known for.” —Canadian Living
“Jann Arden is one of the most honest and talented women I've ever met, and her love for her mother is so rich.” —Chef Lynn Crawford