#OctTBR2022 Day 26: “Everything Sad is Untrue” by Daniel Nayeri

[What is #OctTBR2022? I explain it here.]

What It Is: The memoir of an Iranian (?) boy transplanted to Oklahoma.

Why I’m Reading It: This book was released in 2021 and received a lot of positive buzz. Thanks to the kindness of a friend, I was able to get a copy for myself. The author’s story is not just about his experience growing up in a new culture, but the story of his mother who converted from Islam to Christianity and then fought to build a new life for herself and her son. I’m intrigued.

Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite memoir? Let me know in the comments!

#OctTBR2022 Day 7: “Coffee With Mom” by Mike Glenn

[What is #OctTBR2022? I explain it here.]

What It Is: A personal account of a pastor whose mother was slowly succumbing to Alzeheimer’s.

Why I’m Reading It: I started following Mike Glenn on Twitter at some point several years back. He would provide comments/quotes from his weekly visits to his mother where they would have coffee. Over time, Glenn shared more and more how his mother was deteriorating, until she finally passed away. His openness and vulnerability about it all was moving, and when I learned that he put that story into a book, I was eager to get my hands on it. Now that I’m getting a bit older, and so are my parents, I’m thinking more and more about what happens when they get to a point one day where they can’t quite care for themselves. This is something every adult child needs to consider, uncomfortable as it is. This seems like a helpful resource for working through those ideas and feelings.

Have you read this book, or a similar memoir about this topic? Let me know in the comments!