Lorene Cary’s “Ladysitting”

Writer Lorene Cary discusses her new memoir, "Ladysitting," about being the caregiver for her 100-year-old grandmother in the last year of her life.

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(photo credit, Martin Reguster)

(photo credit, Martin Reguster)

Guest: Lorene Cary

Philadelphia writer LORENE CARY’S  life drastically changed the year her 100-year-old grandmother moved in. Rosalie Lorene Hagans Cary Jackson’s health was failing and Cary took on the role of caregiver. In her new memoir, Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century, Cary writes about the daily challenges of caring for her ailing and often demanding grandmother, the weight of family obligations, and the pain of loss. It’s also about her African American family history, her grandmother’s remarkable life, and Cary’s own difficult childhood. Cary teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of a number of novels including The Price of a Child, If Sons, Then Heirs, and the memoir Black Ice, and is the founder of Safe Kids Stories and Art Sanctuary.

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