Already toast : caregiving and burnout in America
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Boston : Beacon Press, [2021].
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211 pages ; 24 cm
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Main Level - Nonfiction  1 available
649.808 WASHINGTON

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9780807011508, 0807011509

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Already Toast is a memoir and feminist cultural critique of how unpaid family caregiving affects women in America"--,Provided by publisher
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"The story of one woman's struggle to care for her seriously ill husband--and a revealing look at the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society that fails to provide them with structural support. Already Toast shows how all-consuming caregiving can be, how difficult it is to find support, and how the social and literary narratives that have long locked women into providing emotional labor also keep them in unpaid caregiving roles. When Kate Washington and her husband, Brad, learned that he had cancer, they were a young couple: professionals with ascending careers, parents to two small children. Brad's diagnosis stripped those identities away: he became a patient and she his caregiver. Brad's cancer quickly turned aggressive, necessitating a stem-cell transplant that triggered a massive infection, robbing him of his eyesight and nearly of his life. Kate acted as his full-time aide to keep him alive, coordinating his treatments, making doctors' appointments, calling insurance companies, filling dozens of prescriptions, cleaning commodes, administering IV drugs. She became so burned out that, when she took an online quiz on caregiver self-care, her result cheerily declared: "You're already toast!" Through it all, she felt profoundly alone, but, as she later learned, she was in fact one of millions: an invisible army of family caregivers working every day in America, their unpaid labor keeping our troubled healthcare system afloat. Because our culture both romanticizes and erases the realities of care work, few caregivers have shared their stories publicly. As the baby-boom generation ages, the number of family caregivers will continue to grow. Readable, relatable, timely, and often raw, Already Toast--with its clear call for paying and supporting family caregivers--is a crucial intervention in that conversation, bringing together personal experience with deep research to give voice to those tasked with the overlooked, vital work of caring for the seriously ill"--,Provided by publisher
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When Washington and her husband, Brad, learned that he had cancer, they were professionals with ascending careers, parents to two small children. The diagnosis meant he became a patient and she his caregiver. All-consuming caregiving can be difficult. It is usually women who are locked into providing emotional labor in unpaid caregiving roles. Here-- with a clear call for paying and supporting family caregivers-- Washington brings together personal experience with deep research to give voice to those tasked with the overlooked, vital work of caring for the seriously ill. -- adapted from jacket

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Washington, K. (2021). Already toast: caregiving and burnout in America . Beacon Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Washington, Kate, 1972-. 2021. Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America. Boston: Beacon Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Washington, Kate, 1972-. Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America Boston: Beacon Press, 2021.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Washington, Kate. Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America Beacon Press, 2021.

Note! Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy. Citation formats are based on standards as of August 2021.

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