The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting

By Elizabeth Cohen
Read by Bernadette Dunne

7.56 Hours 03/01/2004 unabridged
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In this beautiful book, Elizabeth Cohen gives us a true and moving portrait of the love and courage of a family. Elizabeth is a member of the “sandwich generation”—people caught in the middle of simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents. She is the mother of Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and she’s responsible for both of them. Hers is the story of a woman’s struggle to keep her family whole, to raise her child in a house of laughter and love, and to keep her father from hiding the house keys in his slippers. In this story full of everyday triumphs, Elizabeth—a suddenly single mother with a career, a mortgage, and a hamper of laundry—finds her world spiraling out of control yet full of beauty. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head on.

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Summary

Summary

An Audie Award Finalist

A Library Journal Book of the Year

In this beautiful book, Elizabeth Cohen gives us a true and moving portrait of the love and courage of a family.

Elizabeth is a member of the “sandwich generation”—people caught in the middle of simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents. She is the mother of Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and she’s responsible for both of them. Hers is the story of a woman’s struggle to keep her family whole, to raise her child in a house of laughter and love, and to keep her father from hiding the house keys in his slippers.

In this story full of everyday triumphs, Elizabeth—a suddenly single mother with a career, a mortgage, and a hamper of laundry—finds her world spiraling out of control yet full of beauty. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head on.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dunne’s gentle, melodic voice is the perfect match for this poignant memoir…This moving audiobook will linger with listeners long after the last disc has been played.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Cohen has written a frank, funny, and unexploitative memoir. She is not shy about detailing her father’s Alzheimer’s, but she’s equally intent on illuminating his dignity.” New York Times
“What might have seemed impossibly contrived as a novel is instead a sympathetic work of reporting about being involved simultaneously with both ends of life—childhood wonder and aged senility.” Library Journal
“The adventure and peril of everyday living captured in language that’s light, beautiful, and razor-sharp.” Kirkus Reviews
“With her soft, melodic voice and keen use of nuance, Dunne is the ideal narrator for this memoir.” More
“Bernadette Dunne is masterful…her reading elevates this memoir to a superlative listening experience. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Dunne’s sincere reading elevates this compelling memoir.” Booklist (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen is a reporter and columnist at the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York. She has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and other publications. She and her family live in Port Crane, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English