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Feeding My Mother

Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss
Written by: Jann Arden
Narrated by: Jann Arden
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 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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Spoke to me and Mom directly.

I felt our stories were different but truly the same, and the advice of living in the moment was absolutely correct.

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Beautiful

I really loved listening to Jann read and share her story through laughs, tears and from her heart.

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So refreshing

I loved this book!! I laughed & cried. Such a great outlook on such a horrible disease. You have to laugh to make it through.

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Good Message but not a captivating story

I really like Jan Arden, but I found this book to be very simple, almost as though someone turned her journal and facebook entries into a book. Nice message of finding gratitude everyday in the struggles, but it just was not very captivating.

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Too bad the recipes are missing

Loved the anecdotes, but too bad the publisher didn't include a pdf of the recipes that aren't included in the audiobook version....

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Amazing As Told By Jann Arden Herself !!

I would not have considered listening to this book, had it not been for the fact that Jann Arden was narrating it. Absolutely worth every minute of listening to a subject that definitely requires much more education and awareness. Thanx so much Audible for offering this book in your collection !!

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Excellent

Beautifully written and performed by Jann Arden. I literally would laugh out loud and in other parts stifle tears. Well done Ms. Arden.

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Thank you!!!

My father has been battling Alzheimer's for years now, and I found comfort and relief knowing that I was not the only one feeling this way. The stories in your book have touch me. I can not help to remember the troubles and heartbreak I faced and are facing with dad. Alzheimer's does take away everything that one has. It truly breaks my heart.
Thank you Jann Arden!

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Heartwarming and heartbreaking

I recommend this book to everyone, it is a touching experience written with humor and insight. As heartbreaking as each experience is, Jann has truly captured the radiance and good nature of her mother.

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great book

i am so outside the demographic here but this book was amazing. I can't say Jann Arden's music is my cup of tea even though i am proud she's Canadian but her ability to tell a story is
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  • 2018-06-29

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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  • Eric Sierka
  • 2018-01-21

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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  • Stittsville Shopper
  • 2017-11-29

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.