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They Left Us Everything - A Memoir

Plum Johnson

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 bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the 1950s and '60s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a more 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.

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 bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the 1950s and '60s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a more 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.
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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 bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the 1950s and '60s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a more 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Pilar Witherspoon

Length:

8h 39m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

42:01


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

21:01


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

25:39


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

50:32


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:33


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

14:49


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

09:46


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

01:08:12


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

33:27


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

13:59


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

38:26


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

19:33


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

14:29


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

44:00


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

23:25


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

48:52


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

23:35


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

02:20


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

04:53


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

00:33