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Feeding My Mother

Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss
Narrated by: Jann Arden
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Number-one national best seller

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. 

©2017 Jann Arden (P)2017 Random House of Canada

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From one Calgary girl to another...

I too am losing my mom to Alzheimer's disease. 3 years ago there were just little "glitches" here and there. Forgetting stories already told, pausing just a little longer than usual before finishing a thought..
.. And now, the little glitches are in reverse. Once in a great while, there'll be a sparkle of memory, though very fleeting. Mom as I knew her lives only I'm my memory now.

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. XO

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Jann’s story with her parents aging

Hi I love this audible! I’ve listened to it several times whenever I need inspiration or encouragement, as my mom’s is getting worse and breaks my heart. Thanks Jann! ❤️

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One of the best!

One of the best I have ever listened to! The story was heartfelt and humorous. A necessary listen for anyone, particularly in this or similar situations.

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Beautiful Beautiful Honesty

As some who recently left 27 years in the corporate world and bought a senior care agency, I have at times struggled to deal with the reality of the suffering that the aging process often brings to those we have the honor to care for and their families. Jann’s story, and that of her parents, is similar to many others I have encountered but it is her beautiful and honest writing of it and her constant desire to find the good in all of it that is inspiring. I hope others facing similar challenges might read this and find some inspiration in it, or at the very least, a sense that they are not alone.

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Love the book but the stated length is wrong

I love Jann Arden. I love the book. My family has been coping with a similar situation and I could really understand the range of emotions. Getting old is not for the faint of heart.

I am confused by the length of the audiobook. It says 5:40 but the length is just under 3 hours. Even more confusing the book downloads as two back to back copies. Just under 6 hours long. Yeah so I don't understand that and I'm a bit frustrated and I do know it's not 1913.

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  • Gearoid Farrelly
  • 04-29-18

Heartfelt and brilliant

Excellent writing as always from Jann Arden. Like her music her writing is honest heartfelt and unfiltered. This book is beautiful. The Audio performance is perfect. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.