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Grace, the model of a post WWII housewife, managed her husband, five children and assorted pets with boundless energy, organization, and a hyper-observant eye for perfection. Decades later she suffers the first stroke in their family history.

In this heartbreaking yet spirit-mending memoir, Collamer contrasts the nostalgia of 1960s preteen life with an unstable future after her mother’s stroke. When daughter becomes caregiver, advocate, and friend, the process of growing up begins.

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Nina and her Grammy G. love dancing, reading stories, and black cats. When Grammy G. has a stroke, she is away a long time. Now she cannot walk on her own, or even speak. Uneasy at first, Nina’s visits teach her that although many things have changed, what means the most never will. Grammy’s Eyes is a beautifully illustrated story of the love between grandparent and grandchild that no illness or separation can change.

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