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Life Lessons from a Baker's Dozen: 1 Mother, 13 Children, and their Journey to Peace with Alzheimer's [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Luksic

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While growing up in an Irish Catholic family of fifteen, life was often chaotic for young Kerry Lonergan. Yet through it all, her mother was the source of calmness, juggling everyday living with the patience of a saint and the efficiency of an engineer. Full of humor, drama, and inspiring pearls of wisdom, this story is a tribute to Bobbie Lonergan, an amazing mother who raised thirteen children and who now struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. The story begins with Kerry’s heartbreaking question, “How can I ever accept the fact that my mother no longer knows who I am?” Kerry finds the answer through a trip down memory lane that brings laughter, tears, and a personal journey that challenges her faith, but leads her back to her mother’s most powerful life lesson.

The book also contains a highly useful resources section for anyone whose life has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It includes Alzheimer’s statistics, information about support groups, online resources, and advocacy. These resources are regularly updated and expanded at the author’s Web site.

Ten percent of the author’s royalties earned from the sale of each paperback will be donated to Alzheimer’s research and support programs.

About the Author

Kerry Lonergan Luksic is a mother, a writer and an Alzheimer’s advocate. Her articles have been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Newark Star Ledger, and Parents Express. Kerry is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. Visit Kerry at

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2318 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: UNLIMITED PUBLISHING LLC (Nov. 27 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FJO196
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Jan. 13 2012
By StacyE - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The title and the prologue let you know this is a book about a large family of 13 children where the mother gets Alzheimer's disease. In the prologue the author tells the story about coming home for a visit with her three young daughters and her mother has to ask who she is. Right there, Luksic begins pulling on your heartstrings and she doesn't stop. The book goes on to tell several beautifully told stories in a way where you can picture the scene. Whether it be the large family making its way to Belmar beach, three young girls giving the family dog a bath, or the sisters, now grown women, sitting around a restaurant table and the waitress coming to the shocking revelation that all 8 are indeed sisters. Each of these tales, provides a life lesson that we all can relate to and live by. Even though I have finished this book, I will keep it close and refer to it when I need a good laugh, a good cry or just need to be reminded of a few good life lessons.
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable story April 20 2012
By JenC - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Kerry's memoir touched me in many ways. As I read, I felt like I was guest in her household of 15 plus people, partaking in all the crazy antics. I took Kerry's journey with her as she coped with being the almost youngest of thirteen children, and dealt with the insecurities, hardships, and frustrations inherit in being one of the youngest and having to make your voice be heard. I marveled at her strong mother who not only held her family together, but held herself together while raising such a large family. I cried with Kerry as she watched her mother slowly deteriorate, helpless to change her path. And I learned a lot from Bobbie Lonergan, so steadfast in her faith and values, refusing to give in or give up as she guided thirteen children to be happy, healthy, and successful adults. Life Lessons is a beautiful and poignant tribute to her amazing mother.
4.0 out of 5 stars Family life in the sixties April 19 2012
By Patricia Kowalczyk - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Kerry Lonergan's family was fairly typical growing up in New Jersey in the 60's. Another family in St. Mary's parish numbered an even dozen and eight children were not unusual. Mothers stayed at home, dinner was at 5:30 and all sat down together. Mothers didn't go to the Gym or arrange playdates, they were busy, but strangely contented keeping up with family matters.
Kerry depicts this time from the point of view of the 12th child of 13. We feel for her desire to be noticed, loved, appreciated. As she matures, so does her assessment of her Family. Her mother's gradual descent into Alzheimer's is accurately but lovingly described.
It would be very interesting to hear from her older siblings. I'm sure each would have a different version.
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Lessons May 2 2012
By Kate Mc Auliffe - Published on
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Having known the family in Life Lessons for close to 40 years I laughed and cried my way through the book. Kerry's Mom was a close friend, cohort on many projects, and my bridge partner over the years. She was full of life and extrememly smart. Kerry's book truly captures life as it was in a large irish catholic family with everyone expected to work together to get through the day. Her Mom taught life lessons to her children but also to all her friends who couldn't believe how she got through each day without a complaint. Her Mom is still sweet, happy and loves to have her family around her. The book is a good resource for anyone having to deal with this disease in their family.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Jan. 22 2012
By jerlaul - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Life Lessons from a Baker's Dozen. The references to the 70s - 90s made me laugh out loud. Kerry shares the struggles and fun associated with growing up in a large family. The lessons Kerry highlights chapter by chapter are timeless. As a mother, I hope I can teach my kids the same lessons. This is also an educational story about managing Alzheimer's & the impact it can have on people. This was a very quick read - be ready to laugh and cry.

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