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

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WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER is an unusual love story that starts in the North, unfolds in the South, and has captured the hearts of all ages across America. Jo Maeder was a Z100 "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 ...
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Overview

WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER is an unusual love story that starts in the North, unfolds in the South, and has captured the hearts of all ages across America. Jo Maeder was a Z100 "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 and find a new and vibrant life she never imagined.

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.

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

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Phyliss Boatwright
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985548216
  • Publisher: Vivant Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 395,822
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Maeder
Jo Maeder was a radio DJ in South Florida and New York City who once went by the air name "The Rock and Roll Madame" and followed The Howard Stern Show. She now lives in North Carolina and is a writer/bird nut. She travels, cooks, and bakes decadent cookies whenever possible. Ditto dancing. For more on this book go to Jo's website page for it: jomaeder.com/read/wimmm/
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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    I Loved This Book!

    Sometimes books can really change your life. When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder is one of those books. First, the title got me by asking, "What does that mean?" and then once I realized what it was about, I knew I had to read it.

    What got me hooked was that Jo had a tenuous relationship with her mother. I have had one with my step-mother, too. She was the only mother I knew since my mother died during my birth. I could go on for hours how my step-mother was "not what I wanted in a mother," but I won't. What I did ask myself is: if Jo can heal a relationship with her mother, why can't I?

    While I was reading the book, I brought it on a visit with my step-mother. She asked what I was reading and I told her. As I remembered Jo's magic with her mother, something shifted in me, and I realized my old way of thinking needed to leave so my step-mom and I could created magic, too. It worked! It was a huge leap into trying to heal a deep wound. It became a magical weekend from then on. And as I left, she said to me as she hugged me tightly, "I can't ever remember having such a good weekend with you as I did this time! You know I am going to miss you." I almost fell over! I had never heard those worlds before.

    When I Married My Mother is written with insight, humor, and honesty. I think everyone who has a "mommy" issue could grow from Jo's wisdom. As she says, "If you're not right with your mama, you probably won't be right with anyone." I have thought about that one sentence for awhile now. It has brought me to action to change my ways; as really I am the only one who can change any situation I have problems with.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

    Amazing Grace

    With tenderness, honesty and humor, Jo Maeder tells the bittersweet tale of the extraordinary journey she shared with her aging mother-and the emotional transformation each underwent-as Jo saw her vulnerable yet dynamic mother through the final years of her life. What many would see as the ultimate sacrifice, Jo embraces as the ultimate gift. Utterly charming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

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    One New Yorker DJ and one elderly, aging woman living in the hea

    One New Yorker DJ and one elderly, aging woman living in the heart of the Bible-loving south are being reunited thanks to life. Jo decides to leave her home to head south to care for her mother, despite all of her friends and family begging her not to go. Looking back now, Jo would never change those final few years with her mom, since that short time taught her more about life than she had ever learned before.

    This is an emotional tale of a woman coming to terms with her broken home past and how it is affecting her present. This is a heart-warming tale with laugh-out-loud moments that provide a break from the serious monotony of caring for an aging parent. Jo Maeder perfectly balances the intricate line of finding laughter during difficult times. This is a must read for everyone woman in the world.

    Notes:
    This review was originally written for My Sister's Books.
    This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    A must read for every daughter! Well-written, compelling, touchi

    A must read for every daughter! Well-written, compelling, touching.  I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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