I was a not-so-young DJ on a decidedly youth-driven New York City radio station (Z100) when a series of crises led me to do the unthinkable: leave my “Sex and the City” life for an “Andy of Mayberry” one in the Bible Belt – “Greensboring,” North Carolina – to care for my estranged, eccentric “Mama Jo.” Everyone predicted Operation Mama Jo would be a disaster. My therapist suspected Rescuer Syndrome – and my mother could not be rescued. My friends staged an intervention. Even Mama Jo, who had been a distant presence in my life for three decades, had her doubts.
What I thought would be some of the worst years of my life turned out to be some of the best. And I discovered there’s nothing boring about Greensboro! My roller-coaster ride with the unforgettable Mama Jo and her enormous doll collection, my born-again brother Arthur, the laid-back South, and first-time home ownership – plus a few drag queens along the way – proved to be a magical, hilarious, and, at times, heartbreaking antidote to heal a long-fractured family.
This is an enhanced e-book of the 2009 hardcover Da Capo Press edition. Bonus material includes a Q&A with yours truly, caregiving tips, a guide for reading groups and classrooms, and two videos. From what I've heard from other readers, you'll laugh, you'll cry. Most surprising is that you'll laugh a lot more thanyou think you will.