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|Read Pdf ê They Left Us Everything: A Memoir ê A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam packed with decades of goods and memories After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety three year old mother author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have finally fallen to their middle aged knees with conflicted feelings of grief and relief Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, twenty three rooms bulging with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks Plum thought How tough will that be I know how to buy garbage bagsBut the task turns out to be much harder and rewarding than she ever imagined Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the s and s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future Really enjoyed reading about the author s parents and their life stories I wish there wasemotions coming from the author. 3.5 stars They Left Us Everything is an odd little memoir The author recounts the year following her mother s death, during which she lived in her childhood home going through her parents things and preparing the house for sale The memoir focuses on farthan the physical act of sorting through stuff she dwells on parts of her mother s life, her own childhood and her relationship with her mother The book is odd because we jump right into the author s situation with little background 3.5 stars They Left Us Everything is an odd little memoir The author recounts the year following her mother s death, during which she lived in her childhood home going through her parents things and preparing the house for sale The memoir focuses on farthan the physical act of sorting through stuff she dwells on parts of her mother s life, her own childhood and her relationship with her mother The book is odd because we jump right into the author s situation with little background or prelude for example it takes a while to figure out how many siblings Johnson has and where the house is located And the narrative jumps around quite abruptly between different time periods and subjects But once I got used to this quasi stream of consciousness style, I found myself quite enjoying Johnson s memoir My favourite parts were those that focused on Johnson s mother who sounds like she was quite an interesting person and a force to be reckoned with born in Virginia in the early 20th century, she spent WWII in England, a few post war years in a number of Asian countries with Johnson s father, and then ultimately ended up in Canada with her husband and 4 children Johnson was the oldest and only girl, and she grew up in a bit of care taking role to her younger siblings, living under the very strong personalities of both her parents The book is definitely a reconciliation of sorts This felt like a journey very personal to Johnson but it was also very readable as an outsider looking in Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy I received this book as the result of a Goodreads giveaway.This was a hard book to set down It was the equivalent of sitting up late at night with a dear friend who was caught between reminiscing and grieving I did not ever feel this was a woe is me book, which some memoirs dealing with loss can feel like, butof a testament to what an adult can feel about their parents once they are gone A memoir about finding oneself along with who their parents were I did find it a refreshing look ba I received this book as the result of a Goodreads giveaway.This was a hard book to set down It was the equivalent of sitting up late at night with a dear friend who was caught between reminiscing and grieving I did not ever feel this was a woe is me book, which some memoirs dealing with loss can feel like, butof a testament to what an adult can feel about their parents once they are gone A memoir about finding oneself along with who their parents were I did find it a refreshing look back over Johnson s life as well as her parents What interesting people, I might add Rich with history and togetherness there really is something about this family that makes them feel like part of your own.There was a lot of relatable moments for me having lost a parent nine years ago in the same month that the author lost hers References to not only the land but to the sense of community that is and was prevalent, ring true and remind you of a day where things were simpler andalive I just read the irony in that last statement The book is easy to sink your teeth into and the flow from chapter to chapter is smooth Do not feel that it is going to be a depressing book, it isn t In fact, you will find yourself chuckling a few times along the way A wonderful tribute to her parents and family A stand up book that not only goes through the pain of losing a parent but the process of one finding themselves through it So here s an interesting concept instead of clearing out our possessions before we die, author Plum Johnson urges us to leave everything for our children to sort on the grounds that it will lead them to better understand our lives That s what happened when her own parents died, leaving a massive house full of stuff ranging from valuable antiques to pockets full of used Kleenex It took her about a year to sift everything, and her personal journey through the lives of her parents made he So here s an interesting concept instead of clearing out our possessions before we die, author Plum Johnson urges us to leave everything for our children to sort on the grounds that it will lead them to better understand our lives That s what happened when her own parents died, leaving a massive house full of stuff ranging from valuable antiques to pockets full of used Kleenex It took her about a year to sift everything, and her personal journey through the lives of her parents made her a better person, or at least a happier one The book might have been less interesting if it hadn t been for her parents, who had strong personalities and led adventurous lives The house itself was the main character in the book a huge historic home on the banks of Lake Ontario Since I love old houses, I found this non fiction book quite fascinating And, of course, now I have an excuse not to throw anything away