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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: #1,345,977 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars ODE TO MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS July 1, 2012
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Mothers. We love them and sometimes hate them. We emulate them, yet often want to get away from them. In Batterman's new collection of linked essays, she delves into the deeply complex kinship of mothers and daughters. With the same wisdom, subtle humor and poetic writing she exhibited in her last collection SHOES HAIR NAILS, she holds a mirror up to mothers and daughters today, so we see them from differing points of view. And, thus, we see ourselves.

In one essay she attempts to carry on Passover traditions of her dying mother, as if they will keep her alive. In another, she describes the mother's longing for a daughter living 3000 miles away, the mother dwelling on how a pet dog cannot replace a daughter. These are poignant stories capturing the blessing/curse of mother/daughter love. The longings, and the misunderstandings. While reading them I thought how seldom we realize the same patterns will be repeated with our OWN daughters.

A lovely collection, beautifully written, in a silent homage to mothers. The scene where a daughter ends her visit, and the mother lovingly makes her bed, left this reader deeply moved. Savour this collection, buy copies for your friends, your mothers, your daughters. Then buy Batterman's wonderful first collection, SHOES HAIR NAILS.

Kiana Davenport, THE SPY LOVER (August)
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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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