The-Naphils-Kiss

Caring for an elderly parent can be extremely challenging. The role reversal involved is emotionally and intellectually demanding, and many caregivers find themselves unprepared to undertake such a difficult task.

In Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, author Sandra Bullock Smith shares her personal experiences spending ten years caring for her ailing mother.

This heartfelt look at the trials and tribulations of that decade offers powerful insight and encouragement for anyone entering into a similar period of life. Smith’s touching stories share the heartbreaking, and sometimes comical, moments she experienced while providing assistance to her aging parent—and how they mirrored similar events from her own childhood.

In a very real sense, the two women traded places. Smith found herself uttering phrases she heard all too often as a child, such as, “Don’t give your food to the dog” and, “You’ve had enough sugar today.” Smith began jotting down the things she said, and thus this charming book was born.

Filled with respect, compassion, and love, this uplifting and amusing memoir is for anyone involved in elder care or who may face the role in the future.

Sweet Melissa Ignorance is not Bliss

by Susan Segovia-Munoz

I’m not a celebrity or a model. I’m not rich or famous. I’m a hooker, a hustler and a junkie. At 18, I left the love and security of my family for a nightmare of drug addiction and crime. Homeless and struggling on the streets of Los Angeles, there is nothing I won’t do to get my next fix.

The-Naphils-Kiss
A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of A Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage and How I Survived Being a Preacher’s Kid This memoir reveals an underside of being the preacher’s kid, a public role that is rife with challenges of supporting your minister father and your minister’s-wife mother and of becoming yourself, a person they may not have expected to come out of their household. Relationships in this memoir are portrayed honestly and sometimes not flatteringly. A Sugary Frosting, a phrase derived from Martha’s journals, is a memoir of surviving religious idealism and inherited belief to undertake to become one’s self.
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