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To me Mother Teresa was the most unbelievable person therefore I loved learning more about her. She lived out the Christian Life as I believe we all should but very few of us seldom do. Totally unselfish and completely loving. I am sick of those without morals, character, and integrity getting so much attention from the news media. How refreshing to read about Mother Teresa. I want our kids had more role models such as she instead of the trash coming out of Hollywood these days.
I've read The Excellent Mother twice and my heart was still pounding during the final pages the second time around. This book is smart, funny, and brings up so a lot of topical problems for discussion. I've read a lot of mysteries and still couldn't figure out this one until the end. The prose is new and simple to follow. A must read.
The Excellent Mother by Aimee Molloy is a riveting, suspense-laden mystery about the disappearance of a six week old baby.A group of first time mothers form a mother’s group they dub the May Mothers because all of their due dates are in May. After everyone gives birth, they remain mates and help one another as they traverse the complicated changes their newborns bring to their lives. On July 4th, Francie Givens, Nell Mackey, Colette Yates and the only dad in the group, Token, convince single mom Winnie Ross to join them for a night out. With Nell’s prospective nanny Alma Romero watching Winnie’s baby, Midas, the group head out for a night of frivolous fun at a local bar. However, Winnie disappears at some point during the evening, leaving her phone and house key behind which Nell holds for safekeeping. Just as everyone is to head about home, Alma makes a shocking discovery: Midas is missing from his crib. With the police making small progress in the case, media scrutiny turns to the May Mothers who are launching their own investigation into what happened to e chapters alternate between Francie, Nell, and Colette’s perspectives as they test to create sense of what happened to Midas and their own struggles with motherhood. Nell is unexpectedly called back into work before her maternity leave is scheduled to end and she is very concerned that her past might be uncovered during the investigation. Colette is falling farther and farther behind on a project with a looming deadline when she stumbles onto case files about Midas’s disappearance. Francie is fixated on Midas’s kidnapping and she continues to insert herself in the police investigation as she takes her suspicions about various suspects to the lead detectives assigned to the case. All of the women are initially extremely sympathetic to Winnie’s devastating loss, but as she keeps out of the public eye, they start to wonder why she is so conspicuously erspersed with their narrations are occasional chapters from an unknown person’s point of view. This woman is obviously part of the May Mothers’ group but her identity remains carefully shrouded in mystery. As the story unwinds, she becomes increasingly fraught as she desperately tries to cling to someone who might be slipping away from her. Who is this woman and what, if anything, does she have to do with Midas’s disappearance?The Excellent Mother is an intricately-plotted mystery that is quite compelling. The characters are well-drawn and their lives with a newborn are realistically depicted. Aimee Molloy does an absolutely outstanding job keeping the truth about what happened to baby Midas cleverly concealed until the novel’s shocking conclusion. Fans of the genre do not wish to miss this outstanding fiction debut.I received a complimentary copy for review.
I really enjoyed this memoir; it is honest even when honesty is difficult. I initially found myself wanting to judge the writer, her mother and her daughter. I was somewhat surprised by my very unfeminist reaction to these women, who were clearly doing their best to create their family work. The author's willingness however, to begin and then examine the emotional baggage from her childhood and the difficult relationship she continued to experience with her mother is courageous, and I soon found myself rooting for all three generations of women in this story. It is difficult being a mother yes, and somehow this story teaches that in a lot of ways we still have a long method to go in our understanding of the multiple roles of women in our culture.
Memoirs are my favorite and this one was definitely top of the list. It really helps that the author is a skilled writer. It doesn't damage that I am a mother (of 2 sons), a sister to one, and a daughter who has been through helping out my parents end of life. There were a lot of things I could relate to and I plan to recommend it to my sister, who is also an avid reader.
I enjoyed this book. It didn’t sensationalise and was an interesting view on a mother and daughter relationship. The Mother was really quite a horrible, selfish, narcissist- the daughter unbelievably forgiving and loving, but through her own actions was able to live her life - her authentic life in today’s words. For me, this book was more about the daughter and her siblings and their survival, and a glimpse into a period of latest Australian history that I knew nothing about. An perfect read
I started reading this in the sample, purchased it and continued reading it until the end. This book kept me interested from begin to finish, from the first murder through the arrest, the and even to the end of the serial assassins life, it kept my interest lead in me from one chapter to the next, always wanting mire. I am not one to sit and read an entire book from begin to finish but this story kept my interest throughout, throwing in bits of other history along the method as it covers a span of more than half a century. There was some language unfamiliar to me, an example being "water and Aspros" which the web stated is basically asprin, and sayings special to what I assume to be Australian culture with a few examples relating to stuff I had never heard of, most but not all of these where easily found through the web dictionary. I recommend this book to anyone interested in real crime, but believe it could be enjoyed by an even broader audience as it is also the story of a daughter and follows her life and struggles as well following her through her childhood and then throughout her life. I could tell you more, but you should just read it. It is entertaining!
It helps me appreciate my own relative calm childhood. I was very impressed by the overall work and support the law enforce ment gave them. Hazel is a character in more ways than bringing Dulcie to justice. She showed her how a real mother and daughter should be. One latest gold star to Bill her husband who say and loved the real, whole Hazel. I gave the book 4 stars for amazing writing and amazing story.
I don't know about you, but there are days I want someone would give me a letter of encouragement as I do this mothering thing. A Letter for Every Mother by Kara Lawler and Regan Long is a book full of encouraging letters for moms written by moms who understand the challenges of mothering.A Letter for Every Mother includes letter for moms of all ages and all types. Some of the letters include: To the Mom on the Sidelines at the Water Park, To the Mom of the Autistic Kid (they nailed this one and had me in tears!), To Every First-Time Parent, Dear Tired Mother, To the Amazing Mom, the Poor Mom, the Supermom, and I'm Just a Mom. One of the letters I especially want I had had when I was a younger mom, For all of my fellow busy mothers. . .to be given the freedom to allow go of all of the busy-ness that I felt I had to do to please every r the purposes of this review, I read A Letter for every Mother all the method through. These letters are so encouraging and uplifting. The amazing thing about this book, is that it doesn't need to be read straight through for all of the busy moms out there. It could be an uplifting begin to your day or an encouraging ending to your day. It would be a amazing bonus to a amazing friend--or to yourself. The letters are fairly short and could inspiration in the midst of a poor day when you lock yourself in the bathroom for two minutes. I would encourage all the moms to obtain a copy and to give a copy. A Letter for Every Mother is truly inspiring. It seems to come from the hearts of women who have lived and learned to live better--and wish to pass it on.I received this book from the publisher. I was not needed to write a positive review.
I really enjoyed this book. The release date happened to be on my due date for my second baby, which is when I started reading it, and I finished it over the next month. It was nice that each chapter was short enough to have fun in about 5 minutes, which is about all the time I have for reading lately! :) I feel that this book would be enjoyed by mothers of any age or circumstance, but I found that a lot of chapters were particularly relevant to my current situation — a mom of a toddler and a newborn. I feel like I’m “in the trenches” of motherhood right now! I liked the honest method that this book portrayed motherhood. Not every day is a amazing day, not every moment is wonderful, and it’s okay to acknowledge that and still reflect on the blessing and joy that comes from being a mom. In this age of comparisons, social media, and “mom-shaming,” it was refreshing to know someone else has been frustrated, tired, overwhelmed, and somedays, maybe feeling like a failure. This book was able to articulate those feelings and place an encouraging spin on them that helped me to stay mindful in the dark moments, reflect, and remind myself that my kids are truly bonuses from God. I would highly recommend this book; I also gifted a copy to my own mom and mother-in-law who both enjoyed it as well.
Mother Teresa is deservedly known as one of the 20th century's greatest humanitarians, and this book described her life from birth to death, with her a lot of accomplishments during her long and fruitful life. She learned as a youth that whatever one had was never so scarce that it could not be divided and shared with another in need. She took vows of poverty and lived among the poorest of the poor, but she enriched our globe immeasurably. She used her influence as a peace maker in regions far beyond Calcutta. Her speeches and travels worldwide opened our eyes to the suffering around the globe and created us understand what it would take to lift up impoverished and neglected people. She used her presence to intervene in highly polarized situations in to the neutral and universal notice of love of neighbor. She refused to judge ough I felt that I knew the rough outlines of the story of Mother Teresa already, it was interesting and worthwhile to have more of the info filled in. The book was slightly marred for me, however, by the numerous instances of missing or incorrect words - something that could easily be fixed by the attentions of a skillful editor.
Blessed Mother Teresa is well known as a symbol of peace and advocate for the poor. This book dives deeper into how she came to be such a beloved figure. Some very interesting and inspiring moments are captured well. This is a amazing fast read for anyone who wants to know more about the life and inspiration that created Mother Teresa a women loved and respected by all
A lot of thanks to the author / Plume - Penguin Books USA / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of his highly suspenseful Psychological Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my is author's debut novel is a winner! This psychological thriller had me riveted to the story from the very first ey are called the May Mothers ... a group of fresh moms whose babies were born in the same month. They met on the internet when they were pregnant ... now that they have all delivered, they meet every week or so at the park. They share their baby stories, their birth stories. All except Token .. he's the one guy in the bunch .. a stay-at-home ey decide that they all need a night out ... without the babies. Going to a local bar for some adult liquid, it's bound to be a fun break for all of them. But then a parent's worse nightmare... one of the babies is taken out of his crib, out of his home and no one knows where he is. The babysitter was sleeping, she never heard anyone enter or leave the who has baby boy Midas? His father who has never been a part of his life? The babysitter in the country illegally? The baby's mother who was having a hard time being a single mom? One of the other mothers ...or father? Or was this a random kidnapping?They all have secrets ... lies that have been hidden for years. It becomes a heart-wrenching race to search the baby, exposing those secrets and lies to the light of day. An unexpected twist at the end had me forgetting to ere is a lot packed into this story. It's about friendships and love and frustrations and the wonder of newborn babies. Marriages are tested, some won't survive. Some mates will remain mates .. some will vanish like a puff of smoke. This is well written with standout characters.
This is an interesting story about a female serial assassin and the impact her choices had on her children, particularly her daughter Hazel. There are locations in which the story jumps around a bit and times when the thread of the story gets a bit off track. Ultimately it is a relatable story of a daughter coping with a sociopathic mother and, as such, worth reading.
I've always enjoyed Katie Hafner's writing. Now, for the first time in book form, she's turned the spotlight on herself. This memoir proves once again how the most professional, successful talents can succeed through raw determination, grit and hard work....in spite of the often shocking handicaps they're handed early in life.Hafner describes a childhood that you'd want on no one - a household torn apart by divorce, she and her sister subsequently stripped from an alcoholic mother, thrown into a trying Brady Bunch-style blended family. After years spent trying to reconcile her conflicted feelings about her mother, Hafner's book info her attempts to bring her now aging, solitary Mom into her house in San Francisco. [Hafner's Pro Tip: Mixture of a mom with no filter and a 16-year-old, hormone-fueled daughter is maybe not such a hot idea for the generation in the middle.]I'm struck by how artfully this memoir is constructed: While most of us would have written it chronologically, it hops back and forth between show and past, each visit to the past clearing up and filling in the "whys" for the happenings event in the here and now. Like, for instance, I pieced together early on that this still beautiful, talented woman has been married four times and wondered "how on earth??" As the story unfolds in her skillful hands, it suddenly seems like the most, understandable natural progression. Brilliantly done, Katie.
Mother Daughter Me is one of the best books I have read in a while. I am so impressed that Kate could overcome the emotion of being raised by a very dysfunctional mother to invite her to live with her AND her own daughter. I would never have been so brave to attempt it. Kate and her mom worked through their year together in a method that few others probably could. When it ibecame apparent that the dream of a peaceful relationship was not going to be achieved by this situation, the even more remarkable achievment is that they both agreed to live separately. It was unbelievable to read how these women worked through some very rough times to forge any relationship at all. My congratulations to all three...........
This book is real. I’ve read a couple judgemental reviews and it sickens me that some women can still be so narrow minded. As women and moms, we all face our own struggles. The title is telling in and of itself... A Letter for EVERY Mother... to those who it didn’t suit your own opinions of motherhood, please read the title again... EVERY... not YOU. I love how every “letter” is of a various experience, something that can speak to all kinds of mothers; those that can thrive in the chaotic moments and those that can admit they need a rest... those that see the beauty in it all and those that need to be reminded of it. It’s true and attractive and a worthy read. If you’re a fairy tail mom, don’t test to apply EVERY to yourself only. I loved this book and have given it to a lot of a mom mate and family member of mine. It’s created a unbelievable bonus and it truly paints motherhood in a true life. I particularly loved the letters by Kara. For the one review that judged the other author, you don’t know another’s life or the shoes they walk in. God hope your husband never cheats, never lays a hand on you, that you never have a hardship in your marriage where leaving is actually healthier for your kids than teaching them that staying is okay.... obtain off your high horse... this is a feeling and full of love book and a tribute to all walks of moms. Kudos to the authors for being brave enough to share.
I admired Mother Teresa, and held her in highest esteem, but I knew very small about her. The book was interesting, informative, and held my attention. I recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about this awesome woman. She showed what one person could do if totally devoted to God and service to mankind. (if there had been pictures, I would have given it five stars.).
Not an in-depth study, but a balanced overview of the subject. The challenges shared in Mother Teresa's journals were mentioned almost in an aside at the end without example. Without a bit more on that problem the story is only partially told. Her crises of faith are a significant part of the whole and I would have appreciated the author adding a chapter to give the reader a heads up on what else is written about Mother Teresa.Eminently readable and well organized. I appreciate the author's voice and style.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 red herring filled stars!I didn’t really know what to think of this book as I was reading it, but then I got towards the end and WHAM, it changed the entire book for me. The Excellent Mother is about a mommy group called The May Mothers, named for the fact they all have babies born in May. One night – the 4th of July of all days – the May Mothers go out without their babies and one of the babies gets taken from home out of his crib and disappears. What happens next is a wild ride of moms snooping and meddling, and doing their best to support their mate Winnie search her small boy ere are quite a few times that the book jumps around between characters with no clear definition of where one starts and the other ends. I actually started a list in my phone of who everyone was and distinguishing characteristics so I could hold track of them all. However, it didn’t really take away from the book too much for me. Once I got used to the names and each hero popped up more, I was able to stop consulting my e chapters in this book aren’t all that short, but they sure read very quickly. Some chapters focused on a couple characters viewpoints, but for the most part the chapters touched on most, if not all, of the characters POVs. There is also a mystery person thrown in there which was a nice touch. Those sections are just for that e fact that I’m not a mother didn’t create this read any less enjoyable for me. I can’t always relate to viewpoints from mom’s, but Molloy created it simple for someone without children of their own to have fun this whole book no matter whose POV you were reading. Each chapter starts out with an email to the May Mothers about where your baby should be at in regard to how old he/she is. I even enjoyed that part! It was nice too because it was something different.I think Molloy did a amazing job on all these characters too. I felt like I was becoming a part of their lives throughout this book. Nell was definitely my favorite hero and May Mother. She was hilarious, and of course, she likes to drink!Final Thought: I think that even if you aren’t a mom you will appreciate this book. Molloy really gets all those social stigmas of fresh moms out there. They shouldn’t drink, they need to dress a certain way, they need to raise their babies a certain way, etc., so a lot of silly things that constitute the “perfect mother”. I can appreciate what she was trying to do here even though I’m not a mom and not planning to be one. I loved Nell’s 'F them' attitude about all this items too. Secrets will surely be revealed in this fast-paced psychological thriller, and I highly recommend it. I seriously can’t even believe this is a debut novel!The Excellent Mother in 3-ish words: Fast-paced, Meaningful & Fun
I don't have human, two-legged children. Watching my sister going through pregnancy was like seeing Alien in slo-mo. Did I really wish to read about cracked nipples and incontinence pads? Happily, the reviews were too amazing to ignore and that’s how I discovered one of the best books I've read this year. Hard to believe it's the first time the author ventures into fiction! Yes, there is mention of clogged nipples, but this is the story of several women who happen to be fresh mothers. Full-drawn women with a history and such defined personalities that when one of them does something you can't support but thinking: "that is so like Francie," like she's someone you actually know. This is the story of the abduction of Baby Midas when his Mom was on a night out for the first time since his birth. We learn from the beginning that the mother is in jail and blames the Mommy group that started everything. A baby going missing is a serious matter, so I was surprised by the sense of humor that lightens the mood. The babies' names (seriously... Midas?), the Mom's obsession with the excellent nutrition for their offspring, the method that they see a C-section, or even an Epidural, as a failure from natural birth... But it's the heart-stopping plot that seals the deal. What happened to Baby Midas? Why are all the Moms hiding something? And how is it all going to end? You really need to read this. It's an excellent, addictive and suspenseful novel.I won an advanced reader's edition of this book as part of the Bookmark PageTurner program, but all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
A memoir, not glossed over, but honest reflections of Katie's relationships with Mom, daughter, and sister. It's not a feel amazing story, but introspective on how to process and forgive a childhood of neglect. How to move forward when life begins to turn around. I am in awe of her ability to look inward to process the a lot of levels of damage and longing. She tells her story intermingled with memories of the past and how they connected to the present. Well done, and I definitely recommend it to others.
I didn't like this book at first. I thought everyone was rude and self serving. But then I realized the pain everyone of these people had gone through. Never having experienced parents and grandparents like these I couldn't see treating and thinking of relations like this for all of them at first. But then I saw the lack of healthy relationships handed down . Then saw as slowly each began to test for better understanding.
Insightful look at a little woman is huge on helping other who is not of her race or religion. A lesson that she learn from her mother created a huge impression on her in applying to daily life. Mother Teresa taught the Globe that all living person are equal in the eyes of God and shoukd be treated as part of her family. A touching stories of her dedication to life through the love of doing God works and taught us that all are equal. A must read for those who wish to understand what and why she did and her dedication of doing God works.
I think twisty thrillers are very much having a moment in the book world. With the success of books like Huge Small Lies, The Couple Next Door, The Wife Between Us, and other books, along come The Excellent Mother. A book that, even before it's released, already had the film rights bought and will star Kerry Washington.Overall, I thought that the book was beautiful good. The writing was powerful and Aimee Molloy had me turning pages to see what would happen next. There are lots of twists and usually I'm amazing with guessing the endings on thrillers, but this one I didn't. I would definitely read more from this author.I would absolutely recommend this to any fans of the thriller genre. A amazing summer beach read.
Finally a thriller that really delivers! Stayed up until 2:00 latest night finishing this, I just had to know how it ended. It’s awesome that this is a debut novel and that it has already been picked up to be created into a movie, what a unbelievable accomplishment for Ms. is novel is told from multiple points of view and I did have a small problem at times keeping track of who was talking but that was probably just because I was reading too fast! The author also used a technique that worked very well to ratchet up the tension, “someone” was writing about what she was feeling and going through” at the beginning of the chapters, but we don’t know e story is about a handful of first time moms who meet in what they call their “May Mothers” group because they are all due in May. The main characters are Francie, Nell, Collette, Scarlet, Winnie and Token (a well chosen name as he is the token male in the group). They meet twice a week in a park with babies in strollers sharing joyful times, stories of exhaustion seeking tip and assurance from each other. Everything is going along well until, as the blurb will tell you, they decide to have a single night out and during that time one of the newborns is abducted from his home, with the babysitter asleep on the couch when the police arrive. To add to the frustration and anger of the mothers the police seem to create so a lot of mistakes, letting people into the crime stage before taking photos, fingerprints, e crime becomes a media circus with a particular woman reporter who is out to search the “dirt” on any of the women, and that she does. All of these women are unique, all have secrets and I had absolutely no idea who the abducted baby Midas.What really hit home for me is the fact that one of my daughters has a 2 and 4 year old and I can remember how flustered and upset she was with her first baby, particularly since she is in another state with no family close by. She turned to the internet which, in my opinion, just created things worse. Whatever worry or issue she had she seemed to be able to search some article that told her multiple ways of solving it. I think fresh mothers in today’s society are expected to be so much, the “perfect mother” doing everything right, the in-shape wife and most also have careers. I remember my pregnancies and early years with four daughters and I think things are worse now with too much info available on the internet. I remember I had two “baby books” both of which I ended up tossing!The novel also hits upon sensationalism by the news media. We are all bombarded with it every time we turn on the TV, whether it is political or social, it always seems to be reported in a method that will obtain more viewers, no matter whom they damage in the process or whose career they may this novel is a amazing thriller and a excellent analysis of our times. I would, however, not recommend this book to fresh mothers as this will just give them more to worry about!I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you.
The Excellent Mother by Aimee Molloy is a psychological thriller that easily will have readers on the edge of their seat as the story involves a missing infant. This one is told from multiple points of view including an unknown voice involved in the veral women have formed a group that they are calling the May Mothers after the fact that they all met because they were all due to have their babies that May. After the births the ladies would obtain together to share stories of their kids and different parenting hints to test to support each other along the way.On the Fourth of July the May Mothers organized a girls night out insisting that they all required a break away from the babies just for a few hours. Nothing would happen they said. Everything will be fine they said. Of course things did not turn out fine when one of the mothers returns to search her baby has been a reader I've often said there is nothing more intense than that of a missing kid so when I saw this one I knew I should be in for an exciting ride. And to hear that the book has already had of a film with a huge name actress even before it's published, sign me up please.Just as I had expected the story is one that is simple to obtain lost in as you read and the only reason I found myself not giving five stars really was a few times during the book I'd lose track a bit of the point of view. It actually was done beautiful well though so I wouldn't allow the multiple points of view scare anyone away. I also had a slight idea of the outcome fairly early on but never figured the actual who/how it all came about. But when it was all said and done I do think readers are really going to have fun this one and can't wait to see how the film turns out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Aside from the horrifying story, it presents an interesting picture of life in Australia during and after WWI. You see how tough so a lot of people had it and how powerful they had to be to survive. So I was struck by the fact that they had medical care for the indigent; so humane while the nation was struggling with the costs of e psychological turmoil the author went through as she dealt with doubt and, finally, the certainty of her mother's deeds is beautifully explained. Her depiction of her mother, and how she (the author) dealt with this cold-blooded woman is fascinating. The whole story is beautifully told, giving you a feeling of the times, the drama and fear, and the psychological machinations that went on between the different people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I was curious when I purchased this book and was surprised to search I really liked it. Well written with the cold and shocking info but with human warmth at times. The author shows how the crimes and cruelty affected the kids and others over their lifetimes, how some were able to move on and embrace the future and some were not. The mother's life after incarceration and her courageous daughter's care for her was fascinating to me. It's a amazing read and really makes you think. Be careful out there. Sometimes folks are not what they seem. Not at all.
It is difficult to share the complicated relationship of my mother and myself and how it trickles down to my daughters. This book helps me to know that I am not alone with negative feelings and always wanting to please my mother. I sincerely tried to do my best as a daughter and feeling that I fell short. But my pastor reassured me that I was only responsible for 50% of that relationship and she was responsible for the other half; I tried to carry the complete load. It gave me reassurance that I am only human and that I tried my best.
This book is the excellent book for moms, especially as a Mother's Day or birthday gift. It provides a lot of perspective for both fresh and veteran moms about what it means to mother, the trials and tribulations, and also how to search the glory and the joy in our everyday (sometimes seemingly mundane) a mom of two, I have enjoyed the fact that the book is divided in to short chapters (the letters) that can be read when I have a spare moment, or in longer chunks in the evening. It would also be a amazing book for a book club or a mom's group for the same reasons.
I was excited when I read the description of this book and really liked it when I first got it. I even hurried to finish reading another book so I could begin this one and focus on it. However, by the middle I did not like it. I rarely post negative reviews, but I just can't give a recommendation for this book. Here are my reasons:1. I do not like when books use 4 letter words....that was the case in this book a few times. It felt like they were thrown in for no reason and that really bothers me. Also it uses the Lord's name in vain. This is not how I talk and I don't like to read it either. I obtain it that people use these words in true life. I hear them in my life but I don't like to read them.2. The authors (one more than the other) seem so negative about motherhood. I know she is trying to say how as moms we all struggle with problems with our children and being busy and such. But it got old reading how tired she is as a mom and how much chaos she has in home and how she has to go to work every day and how she had to go back to work when her kids were so little. She did not paint motherhood in a very positive light. She said amazing things about her kids and how much it means to be a mom but she was just so negative that it got annoying to read it in letter after letter.3. I was expecting letters for some mothers that were not in this book....mothers who have faced miscarriages, mothers dealing with infertility, mothers who have lost a child, mothers who are "empty nesters," or mothers who stay at home to name a few. None of these were addressed....I'm assuming because the authors have no experience with any of these. This created me think the title doesn't fit this ter I read a while it felt like I was reading the same letter over and over. It would be fine to read one of these occasionally, but it got annoying to read them in a book with the same complaints about motherhood. It seemed like a whole lot of whining...."my life is so hard because I'm a Mom."As I said I rarely ever post negative reviews. I was excited to read this book, but I just can't recommend it to you.I received this book for my honest review from Hachette book group. Thank you.
A Letter for Every Mother by Kara Lawler and Regan Long is an exquisite collection of essays that shows the joys, struggles, and humorous moments associated with parenting. The book is a amazing reminder that everyone encounters problems, but that being a mother is a blessed honor. It also provides a amazing dose of tip for different situations similar to parenting (and marriage).One of my favorite essays was “Dear Excellent Mother,” which encourages us to strive for our own ver of “perfect.” The dozens of essays something for everyone, but will especially resonate with mothers of young children. The authors write in a down-to-earth, relatable way. As the reader, you feel like you are rooting for the authors – and that they are rooting for you!I received this book for review.
"Do one attractive thing for God each day". This is the guiding philosophy of Mother Theresa's life and she accomplished this by seeing God in all she encountered, especially the not good and dispossessed. Her life is truly inspirational. She was an independent, spunky, and creative woman who in a lot of ways was a feminist who forged her own path in following her calling. At the same time, she was humble, loving and devoted to God. I thoroughly enjoyed this short but informative book. I was inspired by this holy and very human woman and highly recommend this book.
Before reading this book, I only had a general idea of the amazing this lady did. The book created the point that she saw all human beings as her neighbor and sought to Love everybody as herself as Jesus commanded us to do regardless of race, religion and boundaries. I learned a lot about her in the couple hours it took me to read this book. To me, it felt as though I was reading a report on her life. It met my expectations and inspired me to go and support as a lot of people as I can. This book showed me she truly was a amazing person by serving others as Jesus said we should do.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has admired Mother Teresa. I knew very small of the little Catholic nun except that she cared deeply for the less fortunate and forgotten of society. She gave up everything for her faith but with the political savvy of her father and genuine kindness of her mother as her role models, she achieved impossible feats. She built schools, hospitals, and brought antagonistic nations together. She assisted in major globe crises. She was Christ-like in every way.
4.5 starsIf ever a book screamed, "I wish to be the next Huge Small Lies" this is it. This book cries for screen adaptation and then I read Kerry Washington bought the rights so I know I am right. But how does it keep up as a book? Very well. I kept flipping the pages and did not guess the identity of the villain which scored huge points in my book.A group of pregnant woman join a Mommy group in NYC, They are all due about the same time so they spend a lot of time comparing notes and getting ready to be the "perfect" mom. Once the baby is born all preconceptions go right out the door and stark reality hits the women full force. Exhaustion, hormones, breast feeding issues and practical concerns like will I ever shower again or have clean clothes take the forefront. Overwhelmed the women decide to have a mommy's night out when the babies are about 8 weeks old. A night of drinking and bonding leads to the kidnapping of one of their babies, Midas. Midas? Did Gwyneth Paltrow name this baby?As the investigation into the disappearance progresses, the women's secrets come tumbling out and some of them are true doozies. I really liked these women and their very true relationships. Only one mother got on my nerves which is beautiful amazing odds. I liked how the author rolled out surprise after surprise. I kept reading and guessing.Even though this book was obviously written for the huge screen, it does it's job as a amazing book. I will see the film when it comes out and highly recommend reading the book first.
The Excellent Mother by Aimee Molloy is a highly recommended debut thriller/mystery featuring a group of fresh e May Mothers are an informal group of Brooklyn based fresh moms (and one dad) whose kids were all born in May. They meet twice a week in Prospect Park for camaraderie and to share their concerns. On the 4th of July three of the mothers, Nell Mackey, Colette Yates, and Francie Givens, along with Token, the nickname of the only male, plan an adult's only night out at a local bar. They persuade single mom Winnie Ross into attending by arranging for Nell’s nanny, Alma, to watch Winnie’s son, e evening's drinking begins and before the night is over Winnie's son, Midas is missing, abducted from his crib. The police and media scrutiny uncovers all manner of secrets from Winnie's past and start to focus on the mother's group too. Nell, Colette, and Francie don't believe the police are handling the investigation correctly, so they start to do their own investigation into what happened. The novel unfolds during thirteen nerve wracking days as the police and the May Mother's conduct their own expected, the info that comes out about everyone during an investigation of a missing kid can be startling and finger-pointing and speculation will abound. The chapters in the novel begin with emails sent to the May Mothers by a www service called The Village. The chipper rather self-satisfied emails all include general tip on babies' milestones and raising children, which fits in nicely with the narrative based on these fresh e Excellent Mother is an simple to read and follow novel and should engross most readers. I will admit I didn't care quite as much about the baby-raising-talk as a younger parent might, because baby-raising days are far behind me. What this means is that I focus more on the satisfaction I search from the quality of the writing, plot, hero development, mystery, and the eventual conclusion. Molloy did quite amazing on all these points. The narrative does slow down a bit in the second half of the novel, right when you are desperate for more action, which may search some impatient readers skimming the novel for a quicker pace.Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.
Thought I would skim this book when recommended by a friend,but found myself reading each chapter. Each in its own method spoke to me though our only commonality seemed to be as adult kids of alcoholics. Lots to think about though I am two decades older so wondering about my remaining sister, kids and grandchildren.
An wonderful look into the bonds of dependency despite heart wrenching abuse.A lens into the destructiveness of alcoholism in a family.Lessons in the darkness of e flicker of love that exists and cries out despite abuse and e inherent binding between mother and child.
As a child, I reckon, one of the top ten fears might be having to report one’s parents as suspicion for murder. Imagine, for just a moment, how difficult it would have been for you to report your mother for killing your father and, at least two other people….Okay, now we can proceed with our review.POV: Although written by the child, years later, the author elected to tell the story in the third person POV. Due to this decision, the story gets a small confusing. I suppose this helped Hazel to hold a small distance from what would pose a monumental challenge to her emotions.Another source of confusion may have resulted from certain terms in Australia that, while English, connote an entirely various understanding in America.BLUSH FACTOR: With only a single f-word (page 183), and with very small cussing throughout, I should think this a fitting read for most prayer groups and children. Of course, if it were me, I would skip over the word, instead of simply disregarding the book. It simply is too interesting to not share with E WRITING: The flow is better than most books, although it does tend to wobble now and then in an effort some might refer to as passive writing. A more direct approach might reduce the page count by some 10%. The below excerpt should support explain my meaning.Excerpt‘…The three men who had spotted the body in the river were called to testify to what they had seen, followed by Captain Bill Collins, who was as succinct in court as he had been in his statement to the police. A man of few words, he said he had spotted the body he now knew to be Ted Baron’s after being alerted to it by three men who were strangers to him. The body had still been wearing pyjamas.When Dulcie was called into the witness box, she reiterated the story she had given to the police and which she had sworn to in her statement. She and Ted Baron had married on 1 June 1940, at Wangaratta in Victoria. She had latest seen him when she went to bed on the latest night he was alive and found him missing from his bed when she got up at six the next e inquest was adjourned over the weekend and Harry was the latest witness on the Monday. He told the court how he was Dulcie’s brother and that he recalled Ted being in amazing spirits when he returned from hospital on 30 August. Harry said Ted and Dulcie had discussed general family matters, about how the children were, that kind of stuff, until he went to roner Farquhar wound up the inquest, giving his commiserations to Dulcie and recording a verdict of accidental ill no one picked up on the fact that Harry had somehow morphed from Ted’s brother to his brother-in-law or questioned where the surname Boyd had come from. Perhaps the police officer who was initially told that had not recorded it in his notebook because he never recalled it later.Every girl needs her mum. A young girl’s relationship with her mother shapes her life; it makes her what she is whether for amazing or bad. It’s a complex but strong bond that no one outside it can ever understand, psychiatrists and psychologists included — even though they may profess that they can provide insights. It is private and all-encompassing.While Dulcie was crying and appeared to be really grieving while the police were around, Hazel wasn’t her mother’s daughter for nothing. She lacked her mother’s cunning but she picked up the indications that all was not as it seemed. She was suspicious even if she wasn’t sure exactly what had happened to her dad.Hazel noticed that when the family was alone again, her mum was…’Baron, Hazel. My Mother, a Serial Assassin (pp. 28-30). HarperCollins. Kindle TOM LINEThis is a fine fast-read, excellent for reading at the airport and on the plane.A solid four stars out of five.I am striving to produce reviews that support you search books that you want, or avoid books that you want to avoid. With your help, my improvement will support you and me improve book reviews on Amazon. Together, you and I can build a amazing customer review process that helps everybody. Will you join me? It is people such as you who have helped me improve over the years. I'm still learning, and I have a amazing yet to learn. With your help, I'll improve every request: Be respectful and courteous in your comments and emails to me. I will do likewise with ank you so much for indicating if this review helped you, or for your comment.
I like the author's writing style and was gradually drawn in to the plot which interestingly enough still left me with doubt about how she did the killings and actually managed to not obtain caught until her daughter's realization that she actually had created a number of men disappear. Beautiful interesting and various from the average murder mystery.
I absolutely adore this book and it’s encouraging stories! Even though we all live very various lives, we all experience the same types of joys along with the a lot of challenges, that come with being a mother. It’s so comforting to know that we aren’t alone when we do certain things or feel a certain method during this journey of motherhood. I love that I can take a couple of mins out of my day to read 1 or 2 letters, because we all know how hard it can be to search time for ourselves. This book really puts into perspective what an enormous blessing being a mother is. Thank you for such a attractive book!
In A Letter for Every Mother the authors Kara Lawler and Regan Long undertook a grand and generous task of writing letters to empower, encourage and enrich the journey through motherhood for so a lot of ey each strip down the highs, lows and a lot of of the secret locations in between that mothers often war through and dare not voice aloud.A Letter for Every Mother arranges the letters in five sections, beginning with welcoming the fresh mother into the “tribe” and preparing her for the a lot of unexpected moments ahead such as sleeplessness, fatigue, fears, and regrets. The remaining sections encourage mothers to just relax and have fun the ride, because kids grow up so quickly and no matter what struggles they face it will all be worth it in the end.I enjoyed this book, but found it dull and repetitive at times due to the authors citing their numerous pregnancies and exhaustion in nearly every letter. It was unbelievable knowing that they managed growing families and careers, and were confident in their choices, but it was not important to recount it so a lot of times throughout the ese letters will create readers laugh, smile and cry. My three favorite letters were “Dear Mothers: We All Became Mothers”, “To the Not good Mother” and “To the Praying Mother”. I would recommend this book, because it is full of faith and hope. A Letter for Every Mother by Kara Lawler and Regan Long would be an exceptional bonus on Mother’s Day for a future mother and a mother with a growing family.I received this book from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not needed to write a positive review.
What I really loved about this book was its organization. Each essay is the excellent length for a busy mom to fit into a hectic schedule. For example, I got both babies down to nap (small miracle) and took a shower. They were both still asleep when I was done, so I cracked begin A Letter for Every Mother and had just enough time to fully read 'Dear Mom: Have fun Your Life' before my daughter woke, hence waking my son. Normally, these precious "alone" mins would have been spent on a chore, or browsing Facebook. Sneaking in an essay from this book truly elevated my day. A Letter for Every Mother felt like a amazing mate stopping by with a warm mug of coffee, just passing through to place a smile on my face. More than that, this book was a amazing reminder to look past the day-to-day and focus more on the huge picture, especially when it comes to my family.
Ms. Lewis TELLS IT ALL! Oh, no doubt you will laugh. If you know Jenifer Lewis' ability as a TOP NOTCH comedienne, you know you're in for uproarious laughs in this book. But don't be fooled. Just like you would never wish to create the mistake that this comedienne only knows how to create us laugh. Oh no! She's also a fine classically trained actress that can create you weep with the depth of her performance. So it is with this book of her life. It's not all laughs (but it's full of them and huge ones). It's also full of struggles, lessons learned, pain and alway, always TRUTH. That's what you obtain in this book...TRUTH. She lets us in on her innermost thoughts and some of her most private moments. She takes us for quite a ride. Yes, I'll say it..."fasten your seatbelts". But I won't finish that popular quote because it won't be a bumpy night you're in for, it will be the ride of a lifetime that you will be so glad you decided to take. beware people, she's not shy. Jenifer tells it all, from the men in her life, the successes in her life, to the heartaches in her life and the lessons learned from each of them. She is honest about her struggle with bipolar disorder and the havoc it wreaked in her early life and the journey to understanding it later in life through therapy and medication. We have a lot to learn from Jenifer Lewis. How lucky we are that we have someone this willing to begin their colourful life to us. If all of our teachers had been this honest and this funny...we'd all be brilliant. She has had a lot of monikers along the way, "killer", "@#$% diva", "the queen of high camp cabaret" (a tittle given to her by The NY Times), and "the black mother of Hollywood". She's all those things and a few more, most notably a STAR, a survivor, and by all means a true flesh and blood human being with a heart the size of the cities she's conquered. Do yourself a favor, after you read it, listen to it. You do not wish to miss her inflections, her laugh and her power. Now go, have fun your ride!
I've seen Doug live a number of times and have also read his earlier book ("Fun with Pedophiles"). I came to this one expecting it to be (like most comedians' autobiographies) done with a "heavy edit" by a professional writer (maybe Anthony Bozza), but this work has Doug's fingerprints (and bodily fluids) all over it, and is all the better for e book mainly with Doug's relationship with his mother, a deeply-flawed but sweet woman who always encouraged her son to follow his dreams in comedy, while pursuing her own dreams of being a professional massage therapist, actress, dominatrix, and leader of an troops of constantly-shedding house e relationship between Doug and "Mother" (as he insists on calling her, like a comedic Norman Bates) is sweet without being saccharine, and when it comes to his mother's assisted suicide, the comic is both brutally honest and frank. The book is a lot of things, including a meditation on mortality, ageing, and the right-to-die; Doug is a libertarian, but doesn't browbeat you with it like Penn e parts I enjoyed most were the passages detailing Doug's long tenure at cold-calling centers/boiler rooms, where he met a host of crazy and desperate characters that helped shape his view of life and his stand-up routine. The hazards of the street and his developing comedy act are dealt with, as are Doug's own brushes with fame and the popular (like the late, amazing Mitch Hedberg). It should be emphasized that the book is not the traditional Hollywood "fish-out-of-water" tale you sometimes obtain from people who work in the entertainment industry while hating it (like Tom Green's "Hollywood Causes Cancer"). This is not a book mainly about the evolution of a comedian's career, but is rather a sometimes funny, a lot of times sad portrait of the woman who formed Doug and never ceased to help him in his goals, even after she lost her mind. Recommended.
"I have the kind of present that reminds you of your issues and then I talk about other issues you didn’t even know you had until tonight. Then, I dump all my issues on top of that and you walk outta here ten times more depressed than when you even walked in." - Doug StanhopeDoug Stanhope proves yet again he is a master at what he does. If ever there was an inkling that the man was just some stupid drunk he washes that away in his writing with suiting analogies that would require a well-versed traveler to hold up and know he was using well-timed examples that dig into past decades' ghost. Like in his stand up act and podcast hosting we the reader (and listener!) are treated to an elaborate array of vernacular that would give even your English teacher anhope takes you on a journey to obtain some insight on how his life evolved into what it is today, transgressing through being a not good street comic barely making ends meet with all the hustle bustle of huge town life, to eventually living the modest means of semi-retirement and enjoying it in his share of dead wasteland - the spite his love-hate relationship for the Assassin Termites and fans in general Stanhope does a phenomenal job in letting you into his head, which admittedly he says memories are foggy based upon the lifestyle he lives. The readers will see a bit of a side that only imaginatively closer mates of his only obtain to see; a man that is compassionate, really emotional, and truly loved his mom. He expresses his love through a dark morbid sense of humor that leaves you writhing with the ups and downs, twists and turns, and can only leave yourself wondering about your own damn life in the ug Stanhope's sense of humor may not be for the mainstream taste; he may be in the eyes of the coats be a novelty. To us though, we admire a genius of humorous wit; to a young fan he's the imaginative drunk uncle you want you had over to annoy the rest of the family during the or not, just the book and reflect upon how you turned out different...or similar. Or don't. You can always obtain the audiobook and have fun the commentary while singing praise to Chad Shank's booming voice and noting that the man can read t them both now!
I assume someone might like this, but I couldn't obtain past page 20 because all it had done was talk about how it was going to tell some story but she couldn't figure out how. And then she talked about all the ways she couldn't or had thought of ideas. CUT the process talk. When a story meanders around telling a story for this long, I can't support but assume the author is not a very skilled story teller. Strangely this book was recommended by a writing professor, but I doubt I'll ever search out if it's good. I don't have the patience to read the items I would have line edited out. It also reads very diaristic, which I don't care for. I wasn't very aesthetically happy with the artistic style, either. Obviously these are all very private aesthetic preferences, and like I said a writing professor recommended it. You might like it. I don't.
An perfect book by Ellen's Mom describing the attractive love that exists between a Mother and her two children. Betty is a human being to emulate as she is an example of us all how to be a real Christian in every sense of the word. She has, I have no doubt, influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of people as she has proceeded to advocate for the entire LGBT community. Her work with the Human Rights Campaign has been nothing short of heroic. The mere fact that she has helped so a lot of youngsters (and their families) be able to accept them as they are is nothing short of doing God's work. I applaud her as a Mother and for wrestling versus her own private demons and coming out on top in the end!!
I am an avid Danielle Steele reader; I own every novel she has published. "Sins of the Mother" is about Olivia Grayson who is a very ambitious business women and part time Mother, if that. Her kids were raised by her Mother and Husband. The story tells how her now adult kids feel about all the times she has missed out on and holds her accountable. Oliva's method of trying to create amends is taking them all on a luxury vacation once a year. I can't believe I am saying this about a Danielle Steele novel but...... I did not like this story at all. The first thing that I did not like about it is -the first half of the book was so repetitive that it got to the point that it was irritating. The second half moves along at a steady pace. Maybe it is just me, on my own beliefs of motherhood. As I strongly believe that kids need there mothers. Anyway, the story did nothing for me. If anything, it just created me sad. Ms Steele are you trying to tell us what a more "modern" family is in 2013? If that is the case, it is not what I am looking for.
As always, I enjoyed this Danielle Steel book immensely. It started out slowly and somewhat predictably but had enough twists and turns to hold you interested. Olivia Grayson and her remarkable life and family kept me reading constantly late at night. She is such a powerful strong woman yet with the human frailties we all have. I also appreciated the authors notice of keeping powerful family ties, forgiveness, and accepting loved ones for who they are rather than who you think they should be. Another Danielle Steel hit!
I don't read much nonfiction and only read memoirs/biographies if it is someone I really admire. That being said, here is why I read this book; as a kid I loved Laverne & Shirley! I wanted a huge "S" to place on my shirts like Laverne's L. I might have been slightly nerdy... I did not know much about Penny Marshall's life outside of what tv shows created her popular and that she became a director later in her career. Her story is fascinating and full of funny and touching moments. A lot of who reviewed this say she abandoned her kid but they need to read more closely because she did not. She is unapologetically honest about her past and how a bit of nepotism got her a start. Penny also holds small back in admitting her drug use, her rocky relationship with her parents, her lackluster abilities as a mother or her grumpiness when she was a cancer patient. She knows her faults and doesn't test to sugarcoat them or brush them off. She is also hilarious, loving and an awesome director. After reading My Mother Was Nuts I have a deeper respect for Penny.
3.5 starsI didn't realize just how much I liked Penny Marshall until she passed away. The present that created her famous, Laverne and Shirley, aired mainly before I was born so that's not the reason I was bummed to hear the news she had died. I think the reason I was sad is because I feel like she had so much more to share with the globe in terms of making films and honestly just being a strong, female role model for a lot of ter reading this book, I'm not sure if I would necessarily call Penny's mother nuts, but I can definitely say she seemed unusual and lacked a filter when talking to people. Their mother-daughter relationship created for some interesting reading as at first you obtain the sense that Penny hated her mom but as the book progresses you can also see also leaned on her for help such as when her daughter, Tracy, was born. My only true criticism of the book is I feel Penny was beautiful vague when it came to Tracy being raised primarily by her ex-husband and his family during her early years. I also didn't entirely understand why Rob Reiner adopted Tracy when it appears Penny got along well with Tracy's father. Maybe she felt that was more Tracy's story to tell and that's why she didn't really obtain into it in the book. Not really sure 's beautiful well-known Penny's older brother, Garry, was a popular director and writer, and beautiful much helped Penny obtain her begin in Hollywood. And Penny freely admitted in the book nepotism gave her some opportunities that others with no family connections might not have had. Her talent though is the reason for her long and successful career in my opinion. Playing Laverne was obviously her breakout role and Penny talks about her time working on the show. There were always rumors of her feuding with her co-star Cindy Williams and while they certainly disagreed about some things, I think Penny is more than fair in regards to discussing Cindy, and you can tell she did value their friendship.I loved hearing about her work as a director and found it fascinating that so much of it was just on the job learning. I really respect the fact she just wanted to create films that created people feel good. I teared up when she mentioned how necessary it was to her to create sure the actual female ballplayers the film A League of Their Own was based on were included in the movie. She realized this wasn't her movie, it was their story and she wanted to honor that. It created me sad that part of the reason she didn't do much film directing in the latest 15 years or so of her life was because studios just didn't care much about that type of storytelling anymore. I think the movie industry underestimated her talent at bringing stories to the screen that audiences really connect with.Overall, definitely a amazing read and I recommend especially if you have fun celebrity memoirs.
Mother –daughter relationships are complex under the best of circumstances. In her stunning memoir, Not the Mother I Remember, Amber Lea Starfire info the complexities of her own relationship with her mother through her dead mother’s journals and letters. What she discovers is both heartbreaking and transformative as she slowly unveils the meaning of her mother’s words and reflects on the perception of the mother she thought she knew. With raw honesty and vivid prose, she conveys the heartache and confusion of a kid who craves her mother’s attention. As a reader, I felt her childhood anguish yet I was also mesmerized by her mother’s spirit of adventure and independence. What mother earns a pilot’s license and flies her two kids all over the country, making sure to land in each state? As in life, the characters are multidimensional, each with their flaws and redeeming features. Starfire portrays her characters realistically and makes them believable. I could admire her mother’s spunk while also wishing she could have been more show to her children.What resulted from these painful revelations about her mother is a deeper understanding of a woman trying to search her place. It is through facing the pain of the past that Starfire is able to reach a level of acceptance and forgiveness toward her mother and in doing so, she sets herself is is a beautifully written, strong memoir about one woman’s heroic journey into the past to search freedom for herself.
Amber Lea Starfire's memoir --- NOT THE MOTHER I REMEBMER --- reminds me of the psychologist who asked a kid which they liked best --- books or films --- the kid said books --- the psychologist asked why --- the kid said 'better pictures.' Starfire writes so well I often forgot I was reading and not right there with her on some awesome experiences from her childhood to her adulthood --- she has truly lived an awesome life. But that'sonly half the book --- later in life Starfire came across volumes of her mother's diaries. Her mother wrote continuously about her own life and her diaries could have created a book that would create the Sixties look like child-play (which it was in a lot of ways). I was in my twenties during the Sixties and lived through all of it --- but Starfire's mother was in her thirties or forties and did everything we were doing --- not with a vengeance that would distort her motivations --- but with a easy day to day intensity as if everything she pursued was completely ordinary and norma (for her). And I may comment that she was essentially livinng several lives at once --- motherhood --- a teaching career --- adventures (won't reveal them and take away any surprises) --- and pursuits on her own to fill enormous private and emotional needs. Place these two stories together as Starfire has done and you have a double whammy of a story --- incident after incident from both the daughter's memory and her mother's --- which Starfire gives verbatim from the diaries themselves. Thankfully Starfire is an exceptional writer -- skillful --- has a amazing first person prose style and an exceptional bonus for arranging it all in a manner that is --- quite frankly --- that is almost like mirror photos of both points of view --- but like those circus mirrors which shift people's photos --- in this case from one generation to another's. May I mention again that I haven't divulged any of the actual stories or journeys they lived together in to leave you with a closet full of surprises and secondly that Starfire is still young enough to have at least two more volumes of memoirs left in her. I would love to see a woman movie director --- please allow it be a woman --- dare to create a film of NOT THE MOTHER I REMEMBER. And p.s. --- there's a surprise about the title at the end.
i a LOT of books for my young grandsons and i have to admit this is a amazing book for both my 1 year old and 2 year old. they both have a copy because they LOVE the anticipation of finding bruce and knowing he will be where he is when you turn the page. the book has such deep, rich colors that it is visually pieasing. and bruce the bear is adorable with his dozens of facial expressions and body language. the book also the opportunity to learn prepositions (Behind, On, Under, Beside . . .) my 1 year old grandson has been "reading this book to himself" for several months now and is delighted each time he finds bruce. my 2 year old grandson actually recites the entire book to himself. most of the time both boys wish to be read to, but this is a book they track down so they can go sit by themselves and read during those times no one is able to sit with them to read. (and believe me, they obtain a LOT of time each day on a lap with someone reading a stack of books to them).
A story about a dead parent has a beginning and an end. A story about a living parent is quite a various thing, especially if you know the parent will be reading the story and you're invested in their response. With all that, I am astonished and in awe of Bechdel's courage - not just to reveal herself so intimately, but to do the same for her relationship with her is is not Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic 2. It's much more complicated and diffuse. Bechdel's story about her father felt complete and symmetrical. This is much more distant and intellectual with the trailing off nature inherent to a story about two living people who continue to interact. Again and again we return to the photo of Bechdel reading in this book . . . reading books about psychoanalysis, reading old correspondence between her parents, even reading transcripts of telephone conversations between her mother and herself (she would type what her mother was saying during the calls). She relates to her mother through reading and this central photo tells us more about the brokenness of the relationship than anything else. Her mother, in return, will tell her about stories she reads in the Fresh York Times that create her point instead of saying directly what it is she wants to say. There is small that is tactile or intimate about their relationship. The reader winds up thinking their method through the book in the same method that Bechdel has thought through her relationship with her Fun Home, Bechdel used literature, concepts of identity, and even mythology to discover and illuminate her relationship with her father. In this book, despite the forays into the work of Virginia Woolf (which, while interesting, seem to fit least easily into what is going on), she uses mainly the language and insights of psychoanalysis and therapy to discover the ways in which her mother has damage and empowered her. And while this book lacks none of the detailed hyperfocus on her own particular past that one would expect, it comes across as a much more universal story than Fun Home . . . about the ways in which our mothers, in general, damage and empower us - even if the specifics of our relationships with our mothers vary from spite Bechdel's willingness to dig deep into her own emotions, the intellectualized nature of her relationship with her mother kept me at a distance for most of the book. The book engaged my brain quite deeply (there are a few exceptions that are moving, such as the stage about midway through the book when, as a young woman, she hangs up on her mother during a telephone conversation). Then, in the latest few pages, it felt as if everything came together emotionally and I was moved to tears. Rather than being a deficiency in the book, I feel as if this was close to what she must have intended. To think, and think, and think . . . and then suddenly to feel so intensely.What a gift.
First off "Are You My Mother" is nothing at all like "Fun Home." So if you've come looking for that same type of feeling when reading, just go and reread "Fun Home." If on the other hand, you're looking for a book that will create you think and rethink and give you some insight into Bechdel's life, then pick this one up. And then read it and then reread it again to allow things sink in. And then reread it a few more times to see what you missed.Unlike "Fun Home," which focused primarily on Bechdel's relationship with her father, "Are You My Mother" is focused primarily on Bechdel's examination of herself. Yes, her relationship with her mother plays a crucial role in the book, but more than anything it's a starting point for Bechdel to examine her life, the decisions she's created and how she got there. In a lot of ways this book is an examination of self, of the inner psyche and how it functions. Bechdel takes us on a nonlinear journey of her life, how her mother has impacted decisions she created and impacted how Bechdel feels about herself--seemingly overwhelmed with the globe around her, and it's also Alison's find for those that she wanted as a mother (hence the title), those that would provide her with the love and the encouragement that she so desperately wanted and chdel depends heavily on psychology in this book, sometimes a bit too heavily, to analyze her dreams, her relationships, and the paths that she's taken in life. At times it almost feels like we need a psychology textbook next to us to understand some of the terms and definitions she tosses us and at other times it feels like we are reading a textbook and sometimes overwhelming in cases. It's the one reason why I marked the book down to four stars is that I often felt like I was getting lost in a psychology class that I didn't sign up to take. And yet...the psychological elements in the book provide insight into how Alison sees herself, which is what book is really about. It's her journey, perhaps even a healing process, to support her understand herself and the globe that she lives in. In a lot of ways the book reminds me of "Stitches," another artists attempt to use a book for chdel's artwork is still strong and beautiful. Continuing to use the pen and ink and blue gray inkwashes she used so effectively in "Fun Home," Alison adds a fresh twist with using red ink washes to give in greater depths to the photos that she draws. Her characters come to life, often seemingly to move of their own will and in the scenes when Alison plunges into deep waters it feels like we're there with her. And I've always loved how she has the ability to capture facial expressions, especially with the young kids in the books. You can feel the joy, the confusion, and the sadness coming off of the is is probably one of the most complicated books I've read in a long time. It's one that I had to stop every so often and go back and reread pages to see what I missed. And it's going to be a book that's going to be difficult to recommend because the psychological analysis is going to create people uneasy as we plunge into Alison's mind to see how she sees the world. And yet I'll recommend it anyway and it's one that has a permanent spot on my shelf.
Are you my Mother? is the most intellectually engaging comic book I have ever read, and I have read plenty! I came to this book because her name is in my list of "must" female graphic artists, and I am not disappointed. There are a lot of reasons, beyond the undeniable quality of the book at both narrative and graphic levels, I was thrilled to search some of my favourite reading interests being part of the narrative (psychology, psychoanalysis, mental disorders) and some of my life practices reflected as well (dreamwork and metaconciousness), while a mate of mine is very interested in the Mother Archetype (and I even had a synchronicity happening with her while reading this book).Are you my Mother? is Bechdel's quest to understand the relationship she has with her mother from childhood to the show time to support her understand how their relationship shaped her psyche an who she is. It sounds a bit boring, but it is not!The book is a wide begin window to Bechdel's mind and heart, and to the method she lives and sees the world. She does not censor herself to be liked, so her opinions about the world, life or other artists, her family, her mother, her girlfriend/s and herself are sincere and believable. We also see her displaying her neurosis, depression, her obsessions and compulsions. Bechdel has a sharp-razor mind that understands complexity with easiness and sometimes she thinks the reader will to. I don't think is always the case, but she does not debase herself to the level of the mainstream reader because that is not who she is. A assassin combination of elements that will obtain any person interested. There is no fluff in this book, but you will search moments of tenderness, passion, fun, sadness, doubt, confusion and raw honesty, all of them infused in the hiper-metaconsciousness Bechdel swims everyday to sort out her private and creative e book has a Matryoshka doll sort of feeling as it is organically multi-layered and cohesive in her graphic and literary narrative, and one layer cover another, which, at its turn, covers another, despite all being a perfectly organic set. This a very Magritte-ish book as well, both in the imagery (See, f. e. pages 212 or 252) and its structure. So we see her writing the book about her father, while she is interacting with her mother, creating the book about her mother, thinking about the book about her mother, seeing herself doing so, at the same time. Almost an out of the body experience. The chapter on mirrors is perhaps the most clear example of this Magritte's man painting himself while paints himself while paints himself. Extremely aphically speaking, Bechdel is amazing. Her drawings are realistic, very expressive and multifaceted, very attentive to the detail (from the facial micro-expressions to the info on the floor or walls, everything!) but also very dynamic. Her approach to this graphic novel is also very photographic and cinematic, and reminds me of a pre-movie visual-rendering of a script, because her drawings are not only fabulous per se, they are fabulously composed and framed: eagle-view scenes, scenes from the road into a room, scenes with the self as object (shots of her feet, reflections on a mirror or train window), voyeuristic (sex scenes). Moreover, she inserts and reproduces with her own handwriting private (past and present) letters by her, her mother and her father, pages of newspapers, highlights from the books she is reading, clipped images and quotes, mock-flashback photos about her mother's childhood, Winnicott and Wolf's lives, and what it is not. Just awesome. They make texture, they make life on a paper and visually engage and enthral the reader.Everything looks and flows so easily that one forgets that it is masterful. You have to stop and say wow to yourself, because this girl has an extraordinary talent. I found so a lot of wow pages and vignettes! Just one example, pages 103-105 and how she depicts the pass of time, so beautifully easy and effective.Having said the above, this is a complex book, divided in chapters that begin with the depiction of one of her dreams, and dive into especial facets of the relationship mother-daughter from a psychoanalytic point of view. She starts with Freud and Jung readings but ends devoting her attention to the work of Donald Winnicott, whose life and writings on mother-child bonding more with her. She also sees some parallels between Winnicott's theories, Virginia Wolf's writings (the Lighthouse especially) and her own life. Bechdel plays dream analyst and psychoanalyst with herself, and she is the object and the topic of her book. There are nudity, scenes and adult themes in the book, so this is not a graphic book for a lazy reader or for children.I don't like the hue of red used in the normal pages of the book. I would have rather had all in black or white or work on another hues. I found that the textures of the colour could have been better, but this me being fussy!
When I like something, I often can't tell you why, so here's what I noticed about this book: I expected it to be more hard-hitting in the locations of cross-cultural or cross-racial adoption, but it is subtle throughout. Even when making hard-hitting points, the touch is light. I also expected more stupid white people, to be honest, but all of the characters come with their own special strengths and weaknesses, blind spots and positive traits. Nobody is a hero, everyone is a true person. The characterizations are lovely and most of the time believable. Rumaan Alam wisely steers around lots of potential pitfalls and interestingly sets this novel between 1985 and 1999, when the globe really was a various put in a lot of ways. At times the irony is so massive it left drops on my table, but it's never sarcastic or mean-spirited. The characters are all learning and growing, and nobody gets off easily when dealing with race, family, class, genders, background or other issues... Almost more than race and class, what I read here was a uniquely American book. I can't remember being as optimistic as the people in this book, but it's impossible to gain ignorance in a post-everything world. These characters still have the Twin Turrets (and even eat at Windows on the World,) haven't seen a full-on battle in decades, think things are getting better. So beyond the obvious problems of race and class that obtain most of the ink in reviews, there is also a careful and poignant exploration of what it means to be American now that we know what these characters have yet to experience.I couldn't support wondering what would happen in just a few years, when it all started to crumble for this family - I'd love to have followed them all through so a lot of more points in history, and while it wasn't a cliff-hanger, I'd like to see the next decades covered by the adopted son if I got to create wishes into books.
There is something very comforting about a Danielle Steel book. You know the characters will have problems, most will obtain solved but all her characters are well known to the reader by the end of the story. Her writing is uncomplicated, at times repetitive, but somehow it just all comes together into a very amazing story. I enjoyed the story very much
She was a busy woman, worked very hard so her kids could have everything. Her husband and mother mostly took care of her four children. She was a bit of an absentee Mom, but was that really a sin? When they grew up and had their own children, and listened to them tell stories of their childhood, stories that didn't contain her, I'm sure she was a bit regretful about spending so much time at 'The Factory'. But 'The Factory' gave her kids choices to be educated, marry well and live well. It wasn't until after their summer vacation when everything fell into place. I enjoyed the book, but in Danielle Steele's recent books, it seems she tends to repeat herself on different occasions a bit more than necessary.
As his fans already know, Doug's a stellar storyteller. He has managed to fashion one of the sweetest tributes ever written without using a single molecule of sentiment. If you're looking for someone to learn ya some grammar or explain the difference between "uninterested" and "disinterested," move along. (Johnny Depp's no Hunter S. Thompson, too.) But if you wish to be blindsided by exemplary tales of a man who lives by a code (a twisted code but an internally consistent and admirable one), this is the book. Yeah. I'm talking about principles. Thoughtful readers will have a hard time finishing the book without taking a close look at their own lives and asking if they're really behaving in ways that are consistent with their own principles. I wouldn't be surprised if the work inspires a few midlife crises that contain a street trip to Bisbee. If you've got mates who have lost someone dear, slipping this under the Hanukah Bush would likely save them the of a dozen psychotherapy sessions. It's a moving book that I hope reaches a lot of people.
Basically an autobiography by Stanhope, and considering how mindbogglingly close he was to his mother, one of her too. Interlaced with the same kind of raw comedy and ruthless sense of humor Stanhope is known for, it's definitely an immersive read, not to mention well-written. Included halfway through are some copies of photographs that support add to this immersion and familiarity with the characters...and they truly are characters, albeit real-life ones. Definitely recommended for fans of Stanhope's work, proof that he is just as human as the rest of us, with a peculiar and noteworthy perspective on life.
I found this book very interesting and educational. It's not a page turner or my normal kind of book, but something drew me to read this book and I'm glad that I did. I test to hold an begin mind for an old baby boomer and this book and Betty taught me a lot. It goes to present that you are never too old to learn and understand.
I absolutely loved this book. I've recommended it to others. I actually learned a lot and I hope it will support me be a better Mom, grandmother and amazing grandmother to our children. The books moves along very quickly and I found myself picking it up several times during the day as I was always anxious to see what was going to happen next. I never thought I could be an activist for anything but I realize if you are passionate about something you can do something and every small bit helps. Betty, thank you for such a well written book.
Assuming you are a Penny Marshall fan or you wouldn't be considering reading this book, I will say in the beginning, you will definitely have fun this book. I could heart her nasal voice telling this story as if we were sitting down for coffee and conversation, and what a story it is! I think every one of her mates who would drop in at all hours just to hang out and talk, were people I would've enjoyed hanging out in the corner just to listen to and be entertained by. Considering Carrie Fisher and Join Belushi were just two of her huge group of pals, there's no question that you will be entertained and possibly laugh out loud a time or e writes the method she talks so you will probably hear her voice ny and bittersweet, at times, my only criticism is that it was over too soon.
Suppose you discovered boxes and boxes of papers that contained decades of your mother’s records and journals about nearly every aspect of her private life? Then, imagine if, in those papers, you discovered a woman you either didn’t know, in amazing part, or had repressed. This was Amber Starfire’s experience, a gifted writer who, after her mother’s death, opened up those boxes, began sorting, arranging, editing, and ultimately writing the story of her mother. Jacqueline Carr, mother to five sons and one daughter, Amber, was a highly smart and passionate woman who sought to experience everything she wanted from life. And she wanted much. By the sunset of her life, Jacqueline Carr had done much of what she wanted, yet there was a tag: while Jackie Carr was often away or, when at home, she was deeply engaged in developing her recent idea or teaching or caring for pregnant teens, or something else, her daughter was alone with no one to support her navigate life’s roadmap. Starfire tells not only her mother’s story, but also her own; the structure she uses to tell those stories is both unusual and exceptional. In chronological order, the author writes a chapter in her mother’s life and, then like a bookend, writes about her own, Starfire’s, life experiences during the same timeframe in the next chapter. These parallel stories thread the mother and daughter’s lives together in a strong method as the author stitches their lives through time. In her late twenties, Starfire arrives at a excellent storm moment and suddenly realizes how mad she is with her mother, a jarring, aching moment completely opposite from the long-ago small girl who’d wanted to grow up to be just like her mother. The heaviness in her heart that rises and recedes during the subsequent years, Starfire names “the tar,” for this reader, a profound symbol. As the chapters progress, each filled with the incredibly moving and strong happenings of each woman’s life, and as the tar alternately turns hard and then sometimes softens through the moments, a gradual healing and peace start to flow through the fabric of this remarkable, grace-filled story. You will remember this stunning memoir long after you have tenderly closed the back cover.
This was the first book I had read by this author, came across this by chance. So impressed! Verywell written, couldn't place it down once I started reading. All the characters connected with a who done it feel!Highly recommended! Just onto my second book written by the above, have become a fan.
Don’t waste your money! I’m a readaholic! I read every type of book imaginable, fiction, non-fiction, historicacal fiction, biographies, history. I read it all.I have fun a light, fun read now and then, one that is well written, with a plot. Everything this book is NOT. I’m kicking myself for giving in to the hype and paying $14.95 for this dreck. I don’t know what the other reviewers were thinking but they roped me in.
The latest time I read a Danielle Steele book was about 30 years ago. It was a decent "beach read," a lot of fluff, but at least there was a plot. The Sins of the Mother was a selection by one of my book clubs. I am usually a amazing book club member. Before now I have read every book to the end, and even when it was outside of my comfort zone, I could search something worthy of discussion.I was ready to ditch this book in the first chapter, but I plodded on to 23% on my Kindle. So much repetition and rehashing the problems of each of the kids of Olivia Grayson, and not a plot in sight. No particular conflict, no specific protagonist or antagonist. Why bother?
Once again, Danielle Steel does not disappoint. In her earlier writing, her stories all seemed to be the same. She has made a various substance and weaves a amazing story. Yes, there is still falling in love, but it seems she has added more layers to her writing as of late. Hard to place them down once I begin and sad for them to be completed!
Very well written. Honest, humorous, poignant, thought provoking. This book is the full food deal. As the step mom to a daughter I really appreciate your work. People need to understand they are still the same son/daughter/friend you have loved, just people's perception of them has changed. Your journey with Ellen is heart warming. (She is the greatest!!!) Highly recommend this book to everyone.
I enjoyed the honesty and love that poured out of this book. I have had mates since college and have seen some of their struggles. I have also known them as loving and caring people, fun to joke with and committed to their partners. The book seemed a small too long for me anyway, so I gave it the rating I did. But I think anyone with family members or mates needs to read this book, among others, to fully understand the struggles that go on.
Here's a memoir of stand up comedian that begins and ends with his relationship with his unusual mother. I saw Stanhope at the Improv in San Jose around the time of his mother's death as a fan of his most YouTube-accessible bits like his part in the doc "The Aristocrats." So a lot of of his bits work because he's so wrong but ultimately I identify with him and see myself blindly following his joke to its conclusion. Lots of shaggy dog stuff.What I took from this compulsive read was beau coup human behavior info about retro black hat phone hacking. It's funny Stanhope and the late Boomers, early GenX guys really seemed to live a lot more than the first couple of internet generations.What I admire about Stanhope after reading how he evolved into a scene presence is his resistance to rejection and setbacks. This and his Gargantuan liver kept me reading cover to cover in two a Python I'm still processing but next to some of the wacky and dark comics I like, Stanhope fills the void by giving voice to the common day to day nightmares such as body horror, discomforting self awareness and shadenfreunde fahrfegnugen however you spell ep on rockin in the world, Stanhope!
Simply put, fans of Doug are going to love it. Readers who have lived safer and more responsible lives will have fun vicariously debauching throughout Doug's ller Termites, give this book to someone clueless once you're done reading it. I'm giving mine to my mother.
I was just as blown away by this book as I was by its predecessor. Now I'm exhausted from reading it but feeling like I need to capture the effusiveness, so here I go with a review. This book is not just about a mother or about a daughter or about their relationship. Even though it zooms in on that particular relationship consistently throughout, examines specific conversations and attitudes and parallels they have experienced, it also still puts these happenings into a macrocosm that holds up a mirror to so a lot of connections that we, the reader, will see in ourselves. The relationship between dreams and reality--what we want, what we fear, how we've failed and been failed. The relationship between fiction and true life--how a scene play can mean various things to various people or to the same person at various times in our lives (relevant because Alison's mother was an actress). The exploration of therapy, of caring for others and being cared for, of artistic envy and anxiety and depression. All of these experiences are tied together so we can see how they are a life still in progress, and the skill with which this was managed was so awesome considering that it also oozes with honesty and lacks the pretentiousness of a lot of other authors' attempts to relay these truths.What I like MOST about Alison's work is the method it so beautifully handles the microculture of family. Don't we all have those small terms and phrases based on our shared experiences that don't create sense outside the family? It's not just silly nicknames based on what your brother couldn't say when he was a baby. Families develop their own languages and in-jokes that probably seem bizarre to outside observers without explanation. But this artist captures those in such a believable, accessible method that you can search familiarity in their "foreign" rituals while you remember so, there's a ton of discussion of therapy in this book and a feeling of trying to obtain to the bottom of something dreadfully wrong--to search the answer, and to repair it. I've never had that broken feeling, but I similar to a lot of what Alison was searching for and the things she tried to do and cared about in the book. It kind of created me feel like maybe I'm more screwed up than I thought I was, and that the method I allow other people's issues affect me might not be as separate from me than I thought they were. It's weird that I can still like a book this much when reading it created me question some of my constants. (Or maybe I just know other people who have these issues so well that they feel like they're my problems. I'm always trying to solve someone else's problems, feeling like my own issues are either nonexistent or manageable, but maybe that's just another false self, huh?)Here are some other things I admired about ere's a clear timeline of the author's life. The book acknowledges the existence of the previous book and the fallout that occurred surrounding publishing a book about her father that spread so a lot of secrets about their family out into the world. How it affected her mother. How it affected her relationship with her mother. And what's going on now that she's writing this book about her mother. The book itself includes references to how its existence is perceived by the people it's about. That's some meta stuff.I love the reference to how a mother's eggs represent infinite regression--you're born with all the eggs you'll ever have, and so was your mother, and so was her mother, etc. And I liked how Alison referred to herself as a terminus in that line because she will not have kids. Me too.I love Alison's consistent references to journal-keeping, and the fact that her mother did/does it too. Especially interesting was the time Alison's mother had to support her write in her journal to combat her anxiety. She got attention from her mother through needing that help, which sort of encouraged the symptoms. Also, Alison's journals record internal and external life, but her mom claims her journals are only external life--what happened.I love her "brook" dream.I love that her discussion of "undoing" is unfamiliar to me but she makes it feel familiar.I love the bit where snapshots are recreated featuring baby Alison bonding with her mother and the latest one features her being broken out of the trance by the man with the camera.I obtain chills reading about babies and their mothers being one. And seeing that mixed with the idea of a period making someone not a kid anymore (and that being heartbreaking) juxtaposed with Alison discussing her own menstrual cessation.I loved the joke in there where Alison is complaining to her therapist about how her mother doesn't wish to hear about her life, as if she fears that any word Alison gets in edgewise will be "cunnilingus." (Her mother is uncomfortable with her being a lesbian.) I have been lucky enough to have a supportive mother, but I also similar to how Alison discussed feeling ashamed and disappointed when her mother kept bringing up how she should publish her "lesbian cartoons" under a pseudonym. As if she should be ashamed of what she writes, as if it isn't really her, as if she should be doing something more "respectable." It all makes you think her mother feels like this is "ruining" who she is, while Alison feels she is EXPRESSING who she is. I've felt that too when I've encountered disapproval from people close to me who don't agree with my queer activism or who think it's shameful. It really feels like a rejection of who you are and no matter what it pretends to be, it represents that they don't actually respect or accept you. Like they love you in spite of who you are, but don't actually love the you you know you are.I similar in an uncomfortable method to the discussion of accommodation--how kids test to become what their parents want, or test to adhere to their parents' perceptions of them--and how the kids then experience abandonment because who they REALLY are is being moved to the back and kept in the dark. I know there's sometimes a discrepancy between who I think I am and who I actually am, and that's exacerbated by how consistently people praise me and tell me I'm powerful and good, so I feel like I should be those things. Maybe the me that isn't particularly powerful or amazing wants to be allowed to be weak and poor sometimes. I don't like relating to this but I have to say I do.I love the story of Alison's teddy bear that's "her but not her" was left out in the yard sometimes because she took a sadistic pleasure in subjecting it to abandonment and elemental pummeling; now she has the bear and keeps it, but notes that it has a tooth tag from where a dog dragged it but though you can see its stuffing, it's intact.I love Alison's "offices." Boy do I create ere's a story here of how Alison's mother tried over and over to call her and couldn't reach her, and it was because she was calling her old dorm room's number. Alison felt guilty for not being there for her mother. Even though her mom was reaching out in the wrong direction. "You required me and I wasn't there" is a familiar feeling for me too, and it sucks that we can feel that method when we have no method of knowing what the person needs until after the fact.I love the spotlight on how her mother was willing to tell her brothers what their personal parts were called but there was mystery surrounding the word "vagina" and her mother pretended she didn't know the right word for it. And I love that her mother wrote poetry about the woman as a topic and not an object. (And the joke about envy was amazing too. Laughing about WHO'D WANT ONE OF THOSE?? sounds like something my mom would do, too.)I also like built-in distance arrangements. And I hate how people insist that I should wish company more than I do, or insist on interpreting me as lonely if I wish solitude. They're doing me a favor by interrupting me and forcing social interaction on me, and if I claim to like being alone I'm just covering my true feelings. It's weird. I love built-in distance.I similar to her experience sending a piece out to two journals and getting rejection and criticism from one and acceptance from the other. I had the same thing happen, and after the critical comments from the first put I sent it, I felt almost embarrassed that anyone had offered to [email protected]#$%! and didn't advertise it when it happened because I kinda almost didn't wish anyone reading it after what the criticism had revealed about it. Weird how a lot of parallels there are ere's a bit where women's writing is discussed, and how a female poet's work was dismissed as "bitter" and "personal" (in a negative way) and necessarily indicated sacrifice of "real" worthwhile poetry if the woman had elected to tackle female-specific life experiences. Male critics seemed anxious to dismiss her experience as irrelevant and such a shame after she'd written better work. A woman couldn't possibly have personal, female-specific experiences that are worthy of everyone trying to relate to, huh? But of course we obtain to read male authors' poetry that frames women as objects to yearn for and deify, seeing that men see us that method when they are attracted to us, and feel othered and distanced by this treatment only to be told having someone feel that method about you IS A COMPLIMENT period the end.I love the discussion of loving what you perceive a person to be, and admiring that quality, but not actually loving the person who HAS those qualities. I have experienced that and it's not pleasant.I look like my mother. Sometimes she talks about how she was never beautiful or she was plain or she doesn't like how she looks. I know I look like my mother, and she knows I look like her, so it's weird that she thinks I'm beautiful. This book has some discussion of that dynamic in it, where Alison's mother has to wear makeup to feel presentable and that Alison hated things about herself that her mother observed about her, like her paleness.I loved Alison's emotional outburst when she realized what she wanted from her mother just wasn't there to be had. The catharsis and relief there was wonderful.Oh, and I liked that her mother chooses various perfumes for the various characters she plays on stage.I similar heavily to this story and the method it was told. Especially the method Alison describes living fully when she is "writing" about experiences she's had even as she's living them--that she understands what she's going through more fully by writing about it, and that's one of the a lot of reasons she has to do it. Other people don't really understand this, but for me, it's sort of even why I write book reviews. I have things happen in my head while I read and I wish those experiences to be somewhere outside my head the method the book that inspired them is. I don't wish them to fade or be forgotten, either. I love documentation, and I could take or leave the sharing part of it but there are lots of amazing experiences to be had in sharing the documentation cently I was delighted when my mom read me a list of things she likes that she had randomly written down. I love hearing about what she feels because she doesn't talk about what she likes or what she thinks about certain things. I'm amazed and excited when she shares a childhood story or a snip of her history that I didn't know before, and the entire underbelly of her life outside of being a mom and before she was a mom comes into view for a second. I always wish to be more than people think of me, even when they know me very well. Relating to how Alison told this story and the roots of why she needs to really hit home with me. I'm so glad I read this book.
I love Alison Bechdel. "The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" is a terrific romp through the ultra-feminist late 20th century. Her previous book "Fun Home," largely about her father, deserved all the awards it got. Thus I looked forward eagerly to this one, focusing on her mother. It is longer, but it has less impact. If you're not ready for lots of items about her therapy, you won't like it. She became fascinated by American psychoanalyst Donald Wood Winnicott, and we obtain a amazing of his private and professional history. Where her previous book is grounded in the experiences and happenings of her childhood, this one is grounded in therapeutic productions and analytic theory. Not so compelling. But this is still Alison Bechdel. I wasn't tempted to quit reading, and I enjoyed the book. Still, I suspect that this one is for Bechdel (or therapy) enthusiasts, not general readers.
Glad I didn't listen to the reviews that said this wasn't a amazing read. Imagine Penny Marshal sitting in front of you telling you what happened and when and with who. That was my perception and how I couldn't place it down. I loved the stories and reading about what I already knew and what I didn't. As Penny's mother taught her, I was very entertained.🤗
I really love books like this about the lives of celebrities. To have the stories come from Penny Marshall herself is wonderful. I don't understand the criticism of this book. There are a few times when I think a word was missing from a sentence or two, but it's nothing very distracting. I do have one question, though. Where are all the celebrities or other people involved with her products or in Hollywood in general who were affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis? Penny Marshall seems to be one of the few celebrities who were in Hollywood and on TV in the 70s and 80s who had no contact with anyone involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis. I would think she would have mentioned it in this book if she had. I thought that was rather an odd omission if it was simply not included for length in the editing process. I loved the stories and the behind the scenes info in this book. If you like celebrity memoirs, and 70s/80s TV, I think you should read this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope she creates an addition to this book sometime as she continues to work and live.
This was an extremely strong read for me. The author's descriptions of the psychological damages inflicted upon her by a self-centered, critical, and likely emotionally disordered mother ring oh-so-true. While it may be difficult for some to believe a mother who loves her kid could be as outright cruel as this one sometimes is, unfortunately far too a lot of of us have had a related experiences. I applaud the author for her private strength and for her grace in telling this e description of her mother's descent into dementia is spot on - from the pain of the involved caregiver becoming the focus of the dementia patient's anger to the denial and lack of help from less involved is book also addresses an problem that not a lot of have tackled. That is the problem of dealing with learning that a family member has been stealing from an elderly loved one. Another thing in life that is unfortunately all too common.I my sincere condolences to the author and my best wishes to her in a continuing healing.