Where the Light Gets in

Where the Light Gets in

Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again

Book - 2016
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"Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country music artist, Brad Paisley. But behind the scenes, Kim was dealing with a tragic secret: her mother, Linda, was suffering from a rare form of dementia that slowly crippled her ability to talk, write and eventually recognize people in her own family. Where the Light Gets In tells the full story of Linda's illness--called primary progressive aphasia--from her early-onset diagnosis at the age of 62 through the present day. Kim draws a candid picture of the ways her family reacted for better and worse, and how she, her father and two siblings educated themselves, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, made mistakes, and found unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering. Ultimately the bonds of family were strengthened, and Kim learned ways to love and accept the woman her mother became. With a moving foreword by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, Where the Light Gets In is a heartwarming tribute to the often fragile yet unbreakable relationships we have with our mothers"-- Provided by publisher.
"Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country megastar Brad Paisley. But in 2014, Williams-Paisley revealed a tragic secret: Her mother had been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called Primary Progressive Aphasia at the age of sixty-one. In Where the Light Gets In, Williams-Paisley tells the full story of her mother's illness, from diagnosis through the present-day, drawing on her memories of her relationship with the fascinating, complicated, and successful woman who raised her so well. From educating herself on her mom's condition, to letting go of the shame and secrecy that surrounded it, to finding unexpected humor and grace in a terrible situation, to the ways in which her family's bond was strengthened by the experience, to becoming an awareness advocate, to accepting the woman her mother has become, this book is a heartrending and inspiring reminder of how unbreakable our relationships with our mothers are"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101902950
Branch Call Number: 616.83 WILLI WILLI
Characteristics: ix, 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 17, 2019

Listened to the audio version which was read by the author - very enjoyable to listen to her share with such honesty and raw emotion. Sad, yet inspiring at the same time as she learns how to cope and accept this tough new reality.

Mar 09, 2019

The story is so well written by Kim and it really brought me into the relationship between she and her mother. It resonated with me as I know it did with so many others. My mother has severe dementia. As the youngest and the only girl of 4, I was always a daddy's girl and never really developed a close relationship with my mother. My father is the main caregiver for my mother. I provide support and relief as much as I can. The road ahead will not be an easy one, but I am comforted to know that I and so many others are not alone as we navigate through this unforgiving and relentless illness.

Mar 12, 2018

Excellent book. Very easy to read. I found myself identifying so very much as my mother has Alzheimer's. So many of the thoughts the author had are my exact thoughts. Recommended for anyone, but especially those with a family member with Alzheimer's.

Aug 20, 2016

Brutally honest, dealing from the heart with the struggles the family went through. Beautiful how they handled everything and kept their bonds and treated their mom with dignity. Really got to my heart and really makes you think. Loved how she wrote the book telling their story without a whole lot of medical jargon and how at the end she put the resources.

Jul 25, 2016

No sugar coating illness and also the lack of understanding of taking care of a loved one with an illness. This book was beautiful. As someone who can understand the depths of taking care of a loved one - or trying to the best you can with the tools you have. I found this a great read. Also, love the interjection of biography in it as well. Stories of meeting her husband etc...


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Jul 19, 2016

"One day your hands will be bigger than mine," I'd tell him."And you'll look down at me and say, 'Hi, Mom.' " He'd giggle at my mock-deep voice and then I'd nibble at his neck.


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