Lorene Cary-Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

Lorene Cary


Lorene Cary’s non-ficiton includes magazine articles and blogs, as well as her best-selling memoir, Black Ice, and a collection of stories for young readers, Free! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. Her novels include The Price of a Child, chosen as the first One Book One Philadelphia offering; Pride; and If Sons, Then Heirs. Cary has written scripts for videos at The President’s House exhibit on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Cary’s newest memoir is Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century. In her second year of a residency in American Lyric Theater’s Composer & Librettist Development Program, she has written a libretto that takes off from Ladysitting. Composter Lilya Ugay set the book to “The Gospel According to Nana” and has produced a recording. Cary’s play, “My General Tubman,” will premiere at The Arden Theater in Philadelphia on January 16, 2020. For 20 years, Cary has taught fiction and non-fiction at UPenn; now her students publish on SafeKidsStories.com, which she created to focus on children’s wholeness.