Reviews of Pam's Two Books

Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles and Minor League Mom have caught the attention of the media since their debuts in 2014 and 2009, respectively.

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Reviews of "Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles"


From Author and Person Development Coach Nathan Mercer, 2015


A Must-Have Survival Guide when your Parents are Older


"Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles:  A Survival Guide for the Kids" by Pamela Carey is one of those books that you don't know you need until you need it.  When your parents become older, the children have to make difficult decisions.  These could include moving them out of a home that they have owned for decades, selecting nursing homes and in-home care, and when it is time to "let them go" if that is what they decide. Instead of having to learn what to do at the time you need to make a decision, it might be better to read about someone else's trials, errors, and learning moments.  Carey has beautifully broken down her experiences into 49 "rules" for people to consider along with her experiences with her parents that caused her to develop the rules in the first place. I found this book to be an easy read and full of insights.  My parents are getting to the age that some of these rules might come into play.   I plan on sharing this book with my brother so that we can put together a "game plan" and be on the same pages with our decisions.  Thank you, Pamela, for sharing your experiences in this great "survival guide!"

From the Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) August 23, 2014


At some point in most people’s lives, they go from child to a parent, and then to caring for their elderly parents. Traversing those years with humor and courage led to author Pam Carey’s latest book, “Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles; A Survival Guide for the Kids".... At speaking engagements and book signings, Carey said she hears the same thing over and over. “I’ve found that people who’ve read it, say they can relate to it. Whether they took care of their spouse, sibling or parents, all the rules of caregiving are the same,” she said.


From Barry Fain in The Bay Magazine (Providence, R.I.) July 29, 2014


The book offers some 49 “rules” on how to deal with aging seniors. Her tone is witty but thoughtful and some of the examples she has accumulated, many from her own experience, are often quite humorous. The book then concludes with a useful section of practical hands-on resource information. The result is a slim “how to” book that somehow manages to combine the poignant, the practical and the priceless.,12813?search_filter=Westport+authors&town_id=3&sub_type=stories,packages,photos,blogs,dining


From Helen Wolt, the Sun Sentinel (Delray Beach, Fla.) "Delray Beach Forum," July 23. 2014


In "Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles," (Pamela) Carey chronicles with humor the trials and triumphs of tending to aging parents. She only hopes her children read it before she is 'making bizarre noises' and stashing restaurant leftovers in her pockets...." See the entire article at:

From Ron Hayes in The Coastal Star (Highland Beach and Boca Raton, Fla.), August 2014

In her 2009 memoir, Minor League Mom, Pamela Carey shared the humor she found among the home runs and foul balls after her sons, Tim and Todd, joined a Boston Red Sox farm team back in the 1990s. Now she’s back with a humorous look at the other end of life’s game. In Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids, Carey offers 49 “essential points” for the adult children of aging parents. And again she finds the humor amid the heartbreak.

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Reviews of "Minor League Mom"

From Jack Galvin, sports writer and co-author of Within Reach: My Everest Story

"Baseball Moms: Read Minor League Mom! (Dads, too) Learn how a mother supports the baseball dreams of two sons through seven sweltering summers of baseball and bus rides. Pam Carey explores the impact on her of their hitting streaks and slumps as she chronicles the intricacies of their baseball lives. In her engaging writing, baseball life comes alive from a truly unique perspective in sports writing."


From Paul F. Eno, author and CBS Radio talk show host

"Any parent or player will relate to this edge-of-the-seat story of people getting closer to their dreams than most people ever do!"

From Boston Baseball Magazine, May 2009

OK, so I’ve read a lot of baseball books. That makes it all the more special when I read one that’s a little different than anything I’ve read before. Minor League Mom, by the mother of former Red Sox farmhands Tim and Todd Carey, is one of those books.... Minor League Mom is a valuable source on the workings of minor league baseball, and on the Red Sox’ farm system during the moribund Yawkey Trust years. And if, like me, those were years when you were struggling desperately to get a grip on what was happening in places like Elmira, NY, this book is an absolute revelation.


Minor League Mom is more than just a series of diatribes against the Sox’ minor league (mis)management. It’s the story of two young men working to reach the big leagues, suffering ups and downs both on and off the field, never quite knowing what tomorrow holds. At the same time, they’re struggling with the suspicion that it’s not going to happen for them, and that life is passing them by as they sweat out another double session on a back field in Florida. It’s also the story of two devoted parents working through the self-same ambitions and suspicions.


Minor League Mom is not for the casual fan, but if scouts are showing up at your son’s

high school baseball games, get a copy and read it right now. A lot has changed in the last ten

to fifteen years, but baseball is still baseball....


Michael Rutstein, Publisher

From reader Dani Kannapell, May 2009


Minor League Mom turns out to be much more than a mother's saga about not one son, but two, playing minor league baseball simultaneously......chasing the dream of every T-ball star to the ultimate.  What happens during the course of the story is that it becomes somewhat of a mystery.  There were many times I didn't want to put the book down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  Often, I found myself with a smile on my face or a tear on my cheek and always wondering how anyone connected with the minor league "system" survives it. A great read but it helps if you love baseball!



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