Who is Caring for Whom?

 I just finished reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and will probably never forget the story and the poignant relationship between Louisa and Will. Will is a suicidal paraplegicMe Before You and Louisa is his reluctant caregiver, later his friend and perhaps more. It’s absolutely NOT depressing, though you might get out your hanky just in case because you will be moved. Will was an extreme sportsman before a motorcycle accident severed his spine and his will to live along with it. Louisa has just lost her job and is desperate for another, though she’s never been a caregiver before. Neither has a clue what’s about to happen and as it turned out, neither did I! You’re bound to love Moyes’ book and want more just like it! Here are a few ideas.

In You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen, Bec is funny and haphazard like Louisa. Bec learns much as she cares for Kate who somehow manages to live her life with grace and humor though her ALS is in the final stages. Jonathan Evison’s new book, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, revised fundamentalsfeatures a caregiver more broken than Louisa or Bec. Ben has lost everyone and everything he valued and is trying to put a new life together as a caregiver whose first client, Trev, suffers from muscular dystrophy and is still basically a smart-mouthed, horndog teen. Ben and Trev set out on a road trip to visit Trev’s father and the trip becomes a voyage of self-discovery for both of them. Finally, try Elizabeth Berg’s Talk Before Sleep — which the Library owns in several different formats — the story of Ann and Ruth who together stare down Death itself in an incredibly tender, immediate and sometimes hilarious portrayal of friendship.

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