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In Where the Light Gets In, Williams-Paisley tells the full story of her mother's illness, from diagnosis through the present day, drawing on her memories of her relationship with the fascinating, complicated, and successful woman who raised her so well. She describes educating herself on her mother's condition, letting go of the shame and secrecy that surrounded it, and finding unexpected humor and grace in a terrible situation. Her book also chronicles the ways in which her family's bond was strengthened by the experience, to becoming an awareness advocate, to accepting the woman her mother has become. It is a heartrending and inspiring reminder of how unbreakable our relationships with our mothers are.
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By Amazon Customer on 06-21-16
Wish I had this book sooner
My Mother died in 2013 after a long battle with early onset Alzheimer's. My Dad died the previous year after a GBM brain tumor diagnosis and a 4 month battle. Prior to his death, Dad was Mom's caregiver and so many details about Kim's parents paralleled my parents. After my Dad's death, my sister and I became our Mother's caregivers. Fortunately we had the resources to allow Mom to remain in her home for the year she lived after Dad's death. I spent a great deal of the year "uptight". I wish I had books like this one at the time to slow me down and savor the time with Mom. My Mom was wonderful! She kept her sense of humor, was easygoing, and a joy! Where the Light Gets In reminded me so much of my Mom. The book was for me a reminder of the fact my Mom, Judy was still Judy. I think this book is a valuable tool to teach anyone who finds themselves in the caregiver role to honor the person, their memories (those are still there), and especially their dignity.
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By Gretchen SLP on 04-06-16
Ring The Bells You Still Can Ring
This is a lovely, honest, moving story of a daughter's relationship with the mother she loved and "lost" (even though her mother is still alive) to Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), a form of dementia that first robs an individual of her language and communication skills. I have a professional interest in this topic, having treated several adults (including one well-known actor) with this disorder, but more than that, I was pulled in to Ms. Williams' story on a human level. As Leonard Cohen puts it in the song from which this book takes its title, "There's a crack, a crack in everything"; we have all suffered losses of one kind or another, and even readers who have yet to experience the loss of a loved one will find much of value in this surprisingly insightful and fast-paced memoir. It's almost a how-to book for anyone seeking to find lessons of value or silver linings in the things one cannot change. Highly recommend!
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