Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir


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Vanderbilt University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Mindy Fried, a sociologist, is Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners. She is the author of Taking Time: Parental Leave Policy and Corporate Culture.


"A deeply moving account of the rewards and challenges that emerge as an adult child becomes the caregiver for a beloved and formerly fiercely independent parent. The practical lessons Fried learned will be especially helpful to the millions of Americans facing this transformation in the future."
--Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
"Mindy Fried has written a moving and insightful memoir about being a long-distance caregiver (with her sister) for her ninety-seven-year-old father in the last year of his life in an assisted living facility in Buffalo, New York. She has also captured the meaning of his life as a union activist, playwright, actor, late-life student, and teacher. Fried's book offers compelling testimony on behalf of her adored but difficult father. As his caregiver she honored him as a father, and with her memoir, as a seeker for justice."
--Carol Levine, Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund, and editor of Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving
"Raw and real. Anyone who has experienced caregiving can appreciate Mindy Fried's story. I was reminded of Roz Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Both books help caregivers to feel less alone and to put the life course in perspective, and both Fried and Chast offer helpful advice along the way."
--Meika Loe, author of Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond and The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America