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When I Married My Mother: A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters-and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo (Hardcover)

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Jo Maeder was an ambitious DJ in New York City when she did the unthinkable: she moved to the Bible Belt to look after her frail, estranged mother, who had long been a source of intense frustration. Maeder's tumultuous journey from simply living with Mama Jo to learning to truly love her not only changed Maeder's life, but also was the catalyst for pulling her long-fractured family together again. Though often rocky, their marriage was a triumph that taught her about life, faith, and what really matters.

With an estimated 34 million informal caregivers in the United States today, more and more adult children are finding themselves in similar circumstances. Poignant and refreshingly funny, Maeder's story will resonate with this vast audience, providing an informative and inspirational roadmap for compassionate elder care.

About the Author


Jo Maeder was a DJ on New York's and Z100, and has written for the New York Times and More magazine. She lives New York.www.jomaeder.com

Praise For…


Northwest Observer, 4/10/09
“Takes an honest yet upbeat look at one family’s experience with intergenerational living and dealing with an aging and dying parent. It’s a story designed to evoke both laughter and tears.”

Tucson Citizen, 4/16/09
“[An] insightful, true-to-the-bone account.” 

St. Petersburg Times, 4/15/09
“Maeder brings sharp wit and a reporter’s investigative skills to her own experience of the growing trend of intergenerational households.”

Newark Star-Ledger, 4/36/09
“This account of the universally sad experience of slowly losing a parent is touching and often humorous, in no small part because Maeder understands the importance of telling good stories.”

Library Journal, 5/7/09
“Maeder is an engaging storyteller who conjures Alix Kates Shulman's A Good Enough Daughter. For caregivers and those in the sandwich generation coming to terms with their parents’ mortality."

New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/1/09
“A witty and wily reframing of [the] age-old conflict…Maeder is insightful and sarcastic, humorous and heartfelt.”

Women’s Voices for Change, 5/6/09
“Honest and sweetly funny memoir…Maeder’s sharp wit makes it easy to laugh...Maeder’s candor and humor may comfort readers who’ve cared for an aging parent…This memoir [is] nearly impossible to put down.”

The Yummy List, 5/2/09
“With a wildly compassionate—especially to self—voice, Jo Maeder exhibits the sense of humor that makes her a live wire in the quick thinking world of personality radio, but also the better selves we all hope we embody...Maeder pitches a tent we can all find solace, acceptance and encouragement under. A genius read, but a life-affirming story.”

This Week’s Most Talked About Books, 5/8-14/09
“Everyone has a story to share about their upbringing. But few can tell a story as hilarious and as down-home as Jo Maeder… This light-hearted memoir captures your heart, along with the complicated, intergenerational mother-daughter dance of life. Maeder proves it’s never too late to make peace with your mother…and yourself.”

New York Daily News, 5/7/09
“If you’re looking for a different kind of Mother’s Day gift, or just a nice story on the evergreen subject of mothers, you might want to consider [this] new book by Jo Maeder…It’s not a radio book per se, but it’s clearly coming from a rock ‘n’ roll radio soul, and its told in a classic radio way—close your eyes and you feel like you’re there.”

Working Mother
“The book haunted me, but not in a bad way. Instead, long after I closed the cover, I pictured the moments [Maeder] shared so vividly…I was moved to tears.”

Roxboro Courier-Times, 5/9/09
“Maeder offers touching book about caring for elderly parent…A wonderful, witty, happy-and-sad, very touching memoir…Read this book if you have an aging parent. Read this book if you’ve cared for an aging parent or other elderly person. Read this book if you’ve lost your parents. It is well-written and insightful. It is funny and thought-provoking. It is delightful and heartbreaking at the same time. Read this book.”

Yes! Weekly, 5/13/09
“[A] heartfelt and humorous memoir…speaks volumes about the relationship between parent and child…The reader truly gets a sense of who Mama Jo was, who Jo Maeder is, and the ties that bind them.”

Augusta Metro Spirit, 9/19
“A thrilling narrative ripe with gripping emotion and conflict…A stunning glance of the possibilities and problems of modern family life.”

Maya Angelou, Author
"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one."



Product Details
ISBN: 9780306817953
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009
Pages: 304