When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder
A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo

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"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one." MAYA ANGELOU

WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER, a national bestseller, is an unusual, unexpected love story. Jo Maeder was a high-energy, irreverent Z100 radio "ZJ" in New York City when a series of crises led her to do the unthinkable: leave New York for the Bible Belt- "Greensboring," North Carolina-to care for her estranged, eccentric "Mama Jo." What she thought would be some of the worst years of her life turned out to be some of the best. The same was true for her mother. Jo also discovered there's nothing boring about Greensboro. Though often rocky, this "marriage" was a triumphant success, leading Jo to repair a long-fractured family, smooth her rough edges, and find a new and vibrant life she never imagined.

Every eldercare situation is different but the emotions and decisions that need to be made are similar. This you'll-laugh-you'll-cry story has helped others navigate their own present or future "long goodbye" with an elderly loved one as well as the complex family issues that arise. Even those who have already lost a loved one have felt a cathartic release and clarity.

“This generous gift of a book explores the mystery of how doing the right thing can, in the end, become infinitely more.” Tommy Hays

This is an enhanced eBook of the original Da Capo Press hardcover edition. Bonus material includes author Q&A, Mama Jo's Favorite Cookie award-winning recipe, caregiving tips, discussion questions, and links to the book trailer and the short film "The Doll Dilemma" by Jacob Rosdail.
 

About Jo Maeder

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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
 
Published April 15, 2014 by Vivant Press. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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BlogHer

Though the possibility of Maeder's move to Greensboro was daunting for Mama Jo, Maeder and her brother, Arthur, as Maeder describes it, Mama Jo has moments of sweetness and whimsy even as some of her eccentricities try the siblings' patience.

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Open Salon

Though the possibility of Maeder's move to Greensboro was daunting for Mama Jo, Maeder and her brother, Arthur, as Maeder describes it, Mama Jo has moments of sweetness and whimsy even as some of her eccentricities try the siblings' patience.

May 06 2009 | Read Full Review of When I Married My Mother: A D...

Women's Voices for Change

Though the possibility of Maeder’s move to Greensboro was daunting for Mama Jo, Maeder and her brother, Arthur, as Maeder describes it, Mama Jo has moments of sweetness and whimsy even as some of her eccentricities try the siblings’ patience.

May 06 2009 | Read Full Review of When I Married My Mother: A D...

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