Julita's Sands: A Memoir

Julita's Sands: A Memoir

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by Emily Placido
     
 

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In this unique memoir within a memoir is the real life tale of a mother's battle with a disease that shows no mercy and her daughter's unending love for her. A narrative told in two voices, Emily shares the story of her newfound relationship with her dementia-stricken mother while her mother illuminates highlights of her life in Cuba.

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In this unique memoir within a memoir is the real life tale of a mother's battle with a disease that shows no mercy and her daughter's unending love for her. A narrative told in two voices, Emily shares the story of her newfound relationship with her dementia-stricken mother while her mother illuminates highlights of her life in Cuba.

Julita�s Sands reads like a novel, told with brutal honesty and rib-tickling humor as the author takes us on a thrill ride through tunnels of fear, sadness, joy, and inspiration. What propels this chronicle of their journey together is each one�s indomitable spirit as mother battles a disease that is stripping away layers of her being and daughter struggles to understand and cope while trying to keep her sanity and family in tact.

The author paints a powerful picture of her outspoken, uninhibited mother who uses the dinner table as a forum for her "sexcapades." With vivid images, Emily illuminates the experience of an ordinary daughter in an all too common situation, who ultimately triumphs, managing through a maze of errors, to uncover a loving bond that no disease or affliction could ever take away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011888717
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
650
File size:
555 KB

Meet the Author

Emily Placido was born in New York City and grew up
across the river in New Jersey. She always had a passion
for the written word. As a teenager, Emily wrote her first
short story, but life got in the way and her natural path
was impeded.

Julita’s Sands is her first published work. Emily
currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her
husband and her dog.

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Julita's Sands: A Memoir 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of long goodbyes and movies such as The Notebook, or if you have had to care for an elderly parent, this is exactly what you are looking for. Just remember to bring along some tissues for the ending. I cried like a baby.
KenKM More than 1 year ago
This book is powerful to read. The scenes are so realistic, I cried, laughed, and empathized with both mother and daughter through the whole story. Watching the mother fade away from Alzheimers and how her daughter, the author handled the situation was heart breaking for me. I loved this book! The Cuban parts are great too, something different from other memoirs I've read.
MonitaBlanca More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. The story is one that almost every family can relate to. It has emotional highs and lows that keep you interested, and despite the sad truth of watching an aging family member struggle with dementia, this book is surprisingly funny. Don't be intimidated by the length of the book! I was sucked in and breezed through it in no time. The author does a great job of painting realistic pictures that pull the reader into the story. Before you know it, you will feel as if this family is your own. I'd definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all, it's funny, sad, inspiring, and full of insight. It is a delightful tribute to the author's mother, written with her heart. I felt her emotions and saw the Cuban scenery. Great work!
emontes More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant about reading this book because of the number of pages, but after reading the summary I figured I'd give it a try and I'm so glad that I did!! This is so amazingly refreshing and real! Most books about Alzheimers are medical and too serious for me. Either that or they are novels. This story is told sincerely, from the heart of a caring daughter. The writer does a terrific job of keeping it novel style, that sometimes I thought that I was reading a fiction and not a memoir. What I really liked too, is that each chapter opens with her mother talking about her life in Cuba. It is so different and enticing. I couldn't stop reading!