The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting

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Random House Incorporated, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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In this beautiful book, Elizabeth Cohen gives us a true and moving portrait of the love and courage of a family.
Elizabeth, a member of the "sandwich generation"--people caught in the middle, simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents--is the mother of Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and responsible for both. Hers is the story of a woman's struggle to keep her family whole, to raise her child in a house of laughter and love, and to keep her father from hiding the house keys in his slippers.
In this story full of everyday triumphs, first steps, and elderly confusion, Ava, a baby, finds each new picture, each new word, each new song, something to learn greedily, joyfully. Daddy is a man in his twilight years for whom time moves slowly and lessons are not learned but quietly, frustratingly forgotten. Elizabeth, a suddenly single mother with a career and a mortgage and a hamper of laundry, finds her world spiraling out of control yet full of beauty. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head-on.
Written in wonderful prose and imbued with an unquenchable spirit, The House on Beartown Road takes us on a journey through the remarkable landscape that is family.

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Review: The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting

User Review  - Jonah - Goodreads

I laughed and I cried and I read bits out loud to my family. I think this is a well written book, and I also admire how kind the author is to her subjects in her writing. I didn't really identify with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Having worked at an Alzheimer's Assisted Living Facility, I think Elizabeth is spot on with her descriptions. I, too have been fascinated by the similarities and differences between the end of life and the beginning. She manages to care of a loved one at each end of the spectrum simultaneously. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Elizabeth Cohen is a reporter and columnist at the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. She has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Family Circle, Parenting, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and other publications. With Lori Alvord, she is the author of The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. She and her family live in Port Crane, New York.

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