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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Welcome to the Departure Lounge

    This was a good book but it should be fiction. No one I know could afford to have a staff of 14, much less spending all the other money mentioned in the book, i.e eating at such classy restaurants and buying such expensive clothes. It seems unbelievable to me due to the fact that it apparently was written by and about a very rich family. It would have been more helpful and enlightening if it were written about an average family in America, I think.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    It was actually between 2-3 stars, but I didn't have the option.

    It was supposed to be a memoir, but read like a novel for me. Parts of it were unbelievable. And I mean parts like hiring as many as 11 different people to wander in and out of these old folks lives WEEKLY (one with Alzheimer's and one who went in and out of reality) - with no one in charge. The daughter (who hired these people) then returned to her own family in Canada and came back sort of monthly. It was funny at times; it was sad at times. We discussed it at book club. I found it interesting that members that were going through similar situations - or had gone through similar situations - didn't like the book. The few members who have not yet- of necessity - become involved in their aging parents lives, enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Welcome to the Departure Lounge

    I found the book rather depressing; but then my Mother had dementia for several years. However, the ladies in our bookclub who had not been touched by this disease seemed to get an enlightened education from the book.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    This story actually made me sad. Sad that this daughter felt compelled to tell a story that, while I am sure truthful and accurate, depicted her mother in such a negative way. The lengths that seniors will go to in order to remain independent is extraordinary and compelling. I do commend the author on her care for her mother and her time spent taking care of her during her period of decline. I would also add that many people were raised by parents of this generation and by women who were wives first and mother's second. It wasn't perfect...but it was what they knew and what was expected of them. I'm glad our generation has broken this mold. I'm not sure I would recommend the book though.

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