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‘Bobby Won­der­ful: An Im­per­fect Son Buries His Par­ents’

By Bob Mor­ris Twelve, 2015 $25 192 pages like our own.”

Some 65 mil­lion of us, says Mor­ris, are care­givers; most are care­givers for some­one over age fifty. That could be why this memoir will strike a chord for many Baby Boomers, but aside from com­mon-bond feel­ings that chil­dren of ag­ing par­ents will find fa­mil­iar, “Bobby Won­der­ful” is also a love let­ter wrapped in­side a very beau­ti­ful, mov­ing story. Mor­ris’ cher­ished mem­o­ries of his par­ents’ good times seem to buf­fer the pain of loss, and that he shares those vivid per­sonal rec­ol­lec­tions is a de­light. Still, read­ers get real piques of ir­ri­ta­tion here, ex­as­per­a­tion, even anger some­times, which to­tally fit this memoir. I would have, in fact, been dis­ap­pointed with­out them.

My best ad­vice is to grab tis­sues be­fore you start this book. You’ll have abun­dant rea­son to use them, es­pe­cially if you’re car­ing for your own par­ents. If that’s the case, for you, “Bobby Won­der­ful” will live up to its ti­tle.

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