Incontinent on the Continent

Incontinent on the Continent

My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy

Book - 2009
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To smooth over five decades of constant clashing, determined daughter Jane Christmas decides to take her arthritic, incontinent, and domineering mother, Valeria, to Italy. Will being at the epicenter of the Renaissance spark a renaissance in their relationship? As they drag each other from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany -- walkers, shawls, and a mobile pharmacy of medications in tow -- they find new ways to bitch and bicker, in the process reassessing who they are and how they might reconcile. Unflinching and often hilarious, this book speaks to all women who have faced that special challenge of making friends with Mom.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2009
ISBN: 9781553654001
1553654005
Branch Call Number: 914.50493 C555i 2009
Characteristics: 305 p. : map ; 22 cm

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thebritlass
Feb 23, 2017

If you are in need of a good laugh, check this book out - whether you love to travel, have an aging parent, or are aging yourself, you will chuckle continually at the anecdotes, which may be exaggerated yet are all too realistic.

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plaing
Apr 05, 2015

i LOVED this book. I could really relate to Jane and her mother. many times i thought of my mother and what it would be like to travel with her. totally right on. i had a lot of laughs from the situations and i am totally surprised as the negative comments. of course i am as off beat as Jane, though a different sort of personality but i love her writing style ...she was recommended me by someone in my wonderful book club and now i am reading two more of her books and enjoying every minute of it.

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MrMiyagi
Mar 31, 2013

Old people belong in old folk's homes.

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organicfacials
Aug 30, 2011

I choose this book because the title sounded funny and I had taken my aging Mum to France and was interested in the author's experience. Mediocre and repeatitive writing. I felt the writing focused more on the author's discontentment with her mother. Having done this myself I can relate to those frustrating moments and to describe 1-2 x is fine but not over and over to fill ink on a page.

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rrrobbie
Jul 21, 2011

Jane tells her story in a humerous way. A lot of us can relate to her experiences. When you reach a certain age and are dealing with those who are elderly and/or infirm, it gets to be a struggle to maintain your sense of humour and dignity, when absolutely every small thing that makes it hard for the other, becomes a source of immense frustration for you.

God Bless all Caregivers

However do they cope?

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BDLange
Oct 26, 2010

A must read if you plan on travelling with your elderly mother! My only complaint with the writing is that there was some repetition in the comments / descriptions. (like she forgot she already wrote about it). Some people might think the daughter is selfish and mean, but I get where she is coming from.

ser_library Aug 26, 2010

while badly written, i laughed and laughed at the experiences.

and yes the daughter did make peace with her mother

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gloriajean
Apr 27, 2010

totally negative and a waste of time. the worst book I've ever read.

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AFewAcresofSnow
Dec 16, 2009

By the end of this book, I really understood why the author's mother disliked her daughter. I can only concur.

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