Ep 21: Kimberly Williams-Paisley Finds Light After Loss

You probably know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks in the popular Father of the Bride¬†movies, from one of her many TV roles, or as the wife of country music star, Brad Paisley. The New York Times bestselling author of Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again opens up to Roxanne, who lost her own mother, Viola Ohlbaum, just days prior to recording this interview, on a special episode of Just the Right Book Podcast. Kimberly documents her mother’s rare form of dementia and tracks her family’s actions and emotions through the process leading up to her death last year. “My mother didn’t want us to talk about her illness; she wanted it to be the family secret,” says Williams-Paisley. While she wanted to honor her mother’s wishes and protect her pride, Kimberly admits, “It was a mistake, and I regret it. By keeping it secret, we missed out on a lot of resources we could have been using.” The book, says Roxanne, “does a brilliant job of normalizing a situation that many people find hard to think of as normal.”

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Books in this episode:

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb

 

 

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