Trading Places

Becoming My Mother's Mother, A Daughter's Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
154 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2016
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Trading Places: Becoming My Mother's Mother, A Daughter’s Memoir by Sandra Bullock Smith is a true story. Sandra finds herself in the position of having to look after her mother, a role reversal she hoped would never happen. Looking after anyone is a challenging process, even more so when it is your own parent. Many people say they could do it, but when faced with the reality they find themselves totally unprepared for what is to come. Sandra takes us through the years that she looked after her mother, years that were hard to bear, but years that she wouldn’t give up for anything. She provides us with deep insight into what it takes to care for a parent, the similarities to her own childhood, moments that are sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking. This book is not to be missed by anyone who is in the same situation or who may have to make the same choices in the future.

Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, A Daughter’s Memoir by Sandra Bullock Smith is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. It made me think about my parents, both in their seventies looking after my granddad in his nineties, and it made me realize just how much they do for him and how much it affects their own lives – not that they would change anything! Sandra made me laugh at times and she made me cry, bringing home a real sense of compassion with plenty of advice for those of us who may be faced with the same in years to come. The photographs gave the book an even more personal touch. The book was written in a way that made it easy to follow and very easy to sink into, a way that makes you know you are not going to put it down until you have finished. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are looking after your elderly parent or not.