Mother Lode: Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

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She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Gretchen Staebler is a wandering adventurer who left decades of grown-up life on the East Coast at age sixty to return to the mountains, beaches, and rain of her soul's home in the Pacific Northwest. She blogs about her adventures from coffee shops, her father's desk, national park lodges, her tent--wherever she feels cozy. She lives with her cat in Centralia, Washington (the real one).
2023 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Awards Finalist in Best Book: Memoir
2023 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Caregiving
2023 IPPY Awards Gold Medalist Winner in Aging/Death & Dying
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Relationships (Non-Fiction)
2023 Firebird Book Awards 1st Place Winner in Caregiving
2022 Sarton Awards Finalist in Memoir
2022 Living Now Book Awards Silver Medalist in Mature Living/Caregiving

"A debut memoir of caregiving that addresses issues of life and death in a direct and hopeful way. . . . The author is candid about the struggles of caregiving, which readers who have experienced similar situations will find refreshing . . ."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[Staebler] writes with humor and pathos . . . Mother Lode is a raw and insightful chronicle of life as a (reluctant) caregiver. . . .but it is ultimately an example of the triumph of love and resilience."
--Seattle Book Review, 4.5 stars

". . . I found Gretchen's frustrations with the healthcare system and with the reluctant patient highly resonant, and she writes with an empathetic but direct narrative style that makes you feel as though a kindred soul is speaking to you. There are many difficult moments where trauma is worked through, but the overall feel of the read is one of strength, acceptance, and love, for yourself as much as for those that you care for."
--Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

". . . an excellent read for professionals, and for anyone else open to walking with a strong, brave, humorous daughter who stayed until the end. The story radiates the funny, sad, kind, compassionate, frustrating, intelligent, strong, stubborn aspects of good people with hard challenges."
--Story Circle Book Reviews

"Mother Lode redefines 'coming of age' in the drama of an independent daughter who moves back to the family home to care for her elderly mother. The story unfolds page by page, week by month, as Gretchen takes us artfully into her relationship with her mother, her sisters, and a house packed with memories. Specific in detail, universal in appeal, told with wit, wisdom, and compassion; if you ever had a mother . . . if you ever had a family . . . if you've ever wondered if you could go home again . . . Mother Lode will intrigue, delight, and open your heart."
--Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher, Life's Companion, and The Circle Way

"We come to the support of our aging parents sometimes open-heartedly, sometimes reluctantly. Occasionally, though, we are able to see the strength and love in the contrary parent, knowing our own strength has come from just such a source. The author travels a contradictory journey with her mother toward an end that surprises even her."
--Catherine Fransson, author of Loving the Enemy: When the Favorite Parent Dies First

"With compelling storytelling and great wit, Gretchen Staebler's Mother Lode illuminates the valiant lives of the mostly forgotten and the nearly invisible: our elders and their caretakers."
--Theo Pauline Nestor, author of A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too)

"Staebler's eye for just the right detail in just the right place is on full display throughout this beautifully rendered memoir about the infinitely puzzling and always complicated mother-daughter bond."
--Katie Hafner, author of Mother Daughter Me and host of Our Mothers Ourselves podcast

"Gretchen Staebler has beautifully intertwined two love stories: her pure passion for the Pacific Northwest, and her complicated ties to her