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Because my name is mother [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Batterman
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Book Description

With poignancy and humor, Deborah Batterman reminds us in these brief, linked essays that every mother is a daughter, too. The insights she brings to simple acts – looking at old photographs, recalling the smells and tastes of her mother’s cooking, making her daughter’s bed or shopping with her – are as beautifully rendered as they are profound.

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  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6ILYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Mothers, Ourselves April 19, 2012
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Deborah Batterman knows what it is to be a mother. Her poignant collection of essays, "Because my name is mother" reveal the intricate and deeply complex relationships between mothers and daughters. Ms Batterman's adept use of poetic language and vivid imagery allows the reader to savor each phrase, like nursing a warm cup of tea on a cold, rainy day.

In "Gefilte Fish" Ms Batterman writes movingly of her attempt to carry on the Passover traditions of her mother who is dying in the hospital, "Keeping alive her ritual, we hoped, would sustain her. And us."

In "Making my Daughter's Bed" Ms Batterman describes the emotional bond a mother has with her adult daughter, and how she still craves to be needed, even though her daughter lives 3000 miles away, "My home does not need a dog as much as it needs a daughter."

Throughout her stories, Deborah Batterman's stirring descriptions capture the pure essence of the unconditional love that mothers and daughters share. Her honesty and humor are woven intricately through her words, making this lovely collection difficult to put down. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for Mothers and Daughters Alike April 17, 2012
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Intimate and inventive, the linked essays in Deborah Batterman's Because My Name is Mother are rich with telling details. Objects and everyday acts resonate until we can see ourselves in the vivid moments the author creates. There's the photograph of the author's parents, "young and happy and vibrant, maybe even in love." There's the author's attempt to keep her dying mother's traditions alive, but in her own way. The end of a grown daughter's visit is touchingly rendered by her mother's homely act of making her bed.
Deborah Batterman fills the senses with her poignant, funny observations of family and modern life, drawing the reader in, revealing layers of existence with the nuanced phrase, the apt symbol. Whether photographs or fabulous shoes, the refrains make this a collection to savor. "There are some things you just never want to come to an end" the author says in "Sweet Indulgences." For me, reading Because My Name is Mother is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Collection of Stirring Moments July 2, 2012
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Deborah Batterman paints exquisite vignettes that reveal the often complex and rich relationship between mothers and daughters. Her use of language reads like poetry swirling through the air on a warm summer day. I became a fan of Deborah Batterman's after reading SHOES HAIR NAILS. This lovely collection of poignant essays, reinforces why I will always be a fan of her sublime writing.
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More About the Author

A native New Yorker, Deborah Batterman has worked over the years as a writer, editor, and teaching artist. A story from her debut collection was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she took 3rd place in the Women's National Book Association 2012 Short Fiction Contest. Her stories have appeared in anthologies as well as various print and online journals, and she recently completed a novel.

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