Title: Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century
By: Carey, Lorene
Call #: B Cary.L Cary.L
Written in a conversational style, like listening to the friend who starts stories in the middle, this memoir is of the year Lorene and her family shared their home with her 100 year old grandmother, so they could help her as she came to the end of her life. The story wraps the reader in the love, frustration, community, trepidation and joy that encompasses aiding a much beloved relative through her fear and loneliness. Lorene’s family was large and contentious, oft-married and feuding. Her Nana loved her unconditionally, unlike her parents, and she grew to adore their special times together. Now, with her second husband (she’s his third wife), whom she met in AA, they open up their house and hearts to the exacting and increasingly frail Nana. Told with love, truth and exasperation.