Ladysitting by Lorene Cary audiobook

Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

By Lorene Cary
Read by Lorene Cary

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684570560

  • ISBN: 9781684570560

Runtime: 7.24 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Lorene Cary's grandmother moves in, and everything changes: day-to-day life, family relationships, the Nana she knew—even their shared past.

From cherished memories of weekends she spent as a child with her indulgent Nana to the reality of the year she spent "ladysitting" her now frail grandmother, Lorene Cary journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family. Brilliantly weaving a narrative of her relationship with Nana—a fierce, stubborn, and independent woman, who managed a business until she was 100—Cary looks at Nana's impulse to control people and fate, from the early death of her mother and oppression in the Jim Crow South to living on her own in her New Jersey home.

Cary knew there might be some reckonings to come. Nana was a force: Her obstinacy could come out in unanticipated ways—secretly getting a driver's license to show up her husband, carrying on a longtime feud with Cary's father. But Nana could also be devoted: to Nana's father, to black causes, and—Cary had thought—to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Facing the inevitable end raises tensions, with Cary drawing on her spirituality and Nana consoling herself with late-night sweets. When Nana doubts Cary's dedication, Cary must go deeper into understanding this complicated woman.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lorene Cary does a fantastic job narrating her outstanding memoir, shading it with the nuanced emotions it requires. In a wonderfully paced storytelling voice, she captures the reverberations that occur when her grandmother, who lived to be over 100, moves into her home…Cary’s knack for re-creating scenes and voices—especially that of Nana herself—is remarkable. Listeners will smile, laugh, and often nod as this audiobook explores both the complexities of a particular family’s history and those of eldercare itself…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Radiant. ” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Not just a caregiving memoir; it’s also a dive into Cary’s own history…What resonates loudest in Ladysitting, however, is the love that Cary gives back to her grandmother.” New York Times Book Review
“A thoroughly engaging memoir…Cary recounts a distinctly American story: flight from racial terrorism in the south, economic and academic success against harsh odds, and the often-fraught mixing of races.” NPR

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Author

Author Bio: Lorene Cary

Author Bio: Lorene Cary

Lorene Cary graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1974 and received BA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. She won a Thouron Fellowship for British-US student exchange and studied at Sussex University. She has received Doctorates in Humane Letters from Colby College in Maine, Keene State College in New Hampshire, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English