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At 50, American University communications professor Krasnow (Surrendering to Marriage) reconciled with her difficult mother, a Holocaust survivor and former saleswoman. Here she gathers insights from other adult women with diverse backgrounds and experiences but similar life wisdom: "Ditching old baggage and learning to love our mothers must come before we learn to love, and know, ourselves." A private investigator becomes caretaker to her highly competent mother, a former nurse, and discovers that the Superwoman is merely human; a Trinidadian immigrant and victim of spousal abuse accepts her lawyer daughter's lesbianism and gains her respect. A therapist and survivor of eating disorders shares a marital problem with her "historically non-empathetic" mother and is gratified by her response; a social services professional pushing 70 learns to cope with the 96-year-old family matriarch who still treats her like a child. Celebrities get to vent, too: singer Chynna Phillips reconnects with her neglectful rock star mother, Michelle, of the Mamas and the Papas, as they bond over Chynna's children and a passion for music. Although it doesn't pack the punch that Nancy Friday's revolutionary My Mother/My Self did in its day, Krasnow's worthy effort will resonate with introspective baby boomers.(May)
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"The overall message...is clear and heartening: If we as daughters can learn to understand our mothers before they die, then we as mothers can help our daughters understand us, while we are still living." Washington Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
book was in excellent condition.. interesting.. and gifted to anotherPublished 1 month ago by C. E. Gors
I found Iris Krasnow's research and insight into the complicated relationships of mother's and daughters most refreshing and insightful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Auntie Bee
I am the mother, and after reading the book, it gave me insight into my "difficult" daughter. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Joyce L. Shelso
I am taking care of my mother after a 30 absence of living out of state. It has really helped me to appreciate the opportunity at hand and dealing with the day to day stress of... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by deena novotny
Good book to see the "other" side of your parent. Realizing that they learned how to "love" from their parents.Published on June 28, 2013 by Stacey in OC
I read this book at age 47 at the suggestion of a friend. My friend read this book a year prior to her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Cyellis
THIS WAS A VERY ENLIGHTENING BOOK....... THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING A MOTHER WHO HAS HAD HER OWN PAST DIFFICULTIES....HAVING EMPATHY AND LEARNING TO FORGIVE..Published on March 24, 2013 by karen
I loved this book because Iris is a Great Writer! It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I have now forworded it to my daughter, it is a must read for everyone, and the... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by NB
I loved this book, I saw myself and my Mother and my Sister and my Daughter in so many of the stories. I laughed, I cried, I had my heart strings pulled a little. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Cheryl Hazlett