Monday Evening Book Club April Selection

they left us everything (1)The Monday Evening Book Club will meet on Monday, April 11th at 7 pm to discuss Plum Johnson’s award-winning memoir They Left Us Everything.

About the book

“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 experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when  their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved  family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three  rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum remembers her loving  but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a  handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated,  extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes  her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger  memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake  Ontario 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.” Provided by the publisher

Plum's mother

About Plum Johnson

Listen to Shelagh Rogers and Antanas Sileika discuss the book on CBC Radio

Listen to Plum Johnson talk about the book

Book review in the National Post

Book review on Now website

Transcript of TV Ontario interview with Plum Johnson

Plum Johnson on How to Create a Memory Book