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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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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 Life Lessons from a Baker 's Dozen July 14 2013
By Carol L. Heard - Published on
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What a story. There was laughter, fighting. It drew me in at the very first chapter. I loved all the children, and parents. At times it seemed like the parents were very strict As it turned out a lot of good lessons were learned, witch made them good parents themselves. I would recommend this book if you like to read lives lived in real time.
5.0 out of 5 stars an eye opener. Dec 5 2012
By Shirley - Published on
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This book, full of both happy and sad memories, kept my mind and heart open through the end. Kerry luksic did a wonderful job of portraying Alzheimer's. Thank you for touching my life.
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 Adolescent thoughts that any Jersey girl in the eighties can relate to April 24 2012
By jerseygirl7and35 - Published on
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Kerry shares her views of being a child in the seventies and an adolescent in the eighties. Having grown up in the same era in New Jersey, I can relate to many of her insecurities. Having come from a family of two children, I still made up my own reasoning why I felt my life was so different from everyone else's just as Kerry did about her large family in the book. I too learned how lucky I was. The book is a nice tribute to a supportive mother.

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