A compelling memoir

A good memoir needs a compelling story and something both unique and universal to pull us in: this one has all that, told with clear, direct simplicity. Linda’s story is unique in that she was born with a life-threatening bleeding disorder, a rare form of hemophilia. Her childhood was filled with medical crises — but it makes pretty dramatic reading. The universal takes over when Linda’s role reverses and she becomes the caregiver for her aging parents, something that most of us will experience, and that we — and our children — will need to think about and prepare for. I, for one, would wish for someone as kind and generous as Linda to watch over me if I make it to 90 or more years. Not an easy story but a good one, with much to recommend it.