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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573927724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573927727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Aniston is a photographer and writer living in southern California.

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She doesn't say the one thing I feared the "most".
Harry Chandless
While I understand that separation from one's child is difficult and makes for interesting reading, I failed to understand or sympathize with Nancy Aniston.
imnoangel1975
Throughout the book she attempts to appear deep, when really her writing comes off worse than a beginning writing course at a community college.
Lois Lane

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103 of 116 people found the following review helpful By imnoangel1975 on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
While I understand that separation from one's child is difficult and makes for interesting reading, I failed to understand or sympathize with Nancy Aniston. This book is neither insiteful nor hopeful. The author (for some reason or another) feels it important to express in nearly every page of the book that she is a knock-out beauty, raving intellect and talented in everything she attempts. It is important to recognize one's own self beauty and self worth, but it is also important to express humility. Nancy Aniston also goes on to say that she was responsible for her 2nd husband's career success and without her pushing him so hard, he would have never left the sofa. The author comes across as vain, bitter and misunderstanding of others' need to push her away, including her famous daughter, Jennifer. I found her self-pitying attitude hard to swallow. This book seems more like a defense tactic, rather than a book of love, insite or hope. And one more point I would like to make... I was reading others' reviews of the same book and noticed a review written by "Coral Leigh", a name that looked familiar. Coral Leigh is a personal friend of Nancy Aniston's - her name is mentioned in the book itself. I can hardly recommend that anyone interpret her written review of this book as impartial and objective.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on May 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most trite books I have ever picked up to read. The entire story is that of a desperate woman trying to understand why her famous daughter no longer desires a relationship with her...well it is obvious! She sold her out once during a television interview and in her attempt to rekindle the relationship she sold her out again by writing this trashy novel.

Throughout the book she attempts to appear deep, when really her writing comes off worse than a beginning writing course at a community college.

This book is a serious waste of time and money, and frankly if I were Jennifer Aniston I wouldn't bother with a mother like that either.
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51 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who stated that Nancy Aniston fits the profile of someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD). At the very least, she is narcissistic. My mother has BPD, and I too finally separated from her in my late 20s. Even stronger than a parent's unwavering love for her child is a child's willingness to repeatedly overlook parental transgressions, to keep coming back in the hope of "getting it right this time," trying to find a way to make Mom happy, or at least a little less terrifying. I applaud Jennifer for finally putting her foot down. In typical borderline fashion, Nancy Aniston has found a way to make everything about HER, and has used her daughter to do so. This book constitutes an egregious violation of Jennifer's boundaries. I sincerely hope both of them are able to find peace -- Nancy through dialectical behavior therapy (an effective therapeutic course for BPD), and poor, manipulated Jennifer through continued connection with more emotionally healthy adults.
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46 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on January 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
just a quick note for anyone interested in buying this book: the entire "true" story relies upon a catalyst event that the author misrepresents by leaving out one key detail which she knows would dissuade serious critics and readers from buying or favoring her revelations about family estrangement. I happened to see the "news" interview Ms. Aniston refers to as the reason for Jennifer's distrust of their relationship. The news program which she says invited her to talk about her favorite private school and then manipulated her into talking about Jennifer's personal life is none other than HARD COPY. I saw the piece some years back and all I can say is any person who has spent five minutes in Hollywood and agrees to be interviewed on Hard Copy to talk about education is naive. But someone who claims to have as many industry "friendships" as Ms. Aniston, has spent years in the deception capitol of the world, has a news worthy daughter, and then goes on Hard Copy to talk about education is just plain pitiful. It is that decision and the story that unfolds because of it which becomes the greatest manipulation revealed in From Mother to Daughter to Friends. Though Ms. Aniston portrays herself as the mama bear who just wants the chance to protect her cub, it seems her cub got wise and found real shelter. And if this book is really about her and her personal revelations about single mothers why is she exploiting her famous daughter's image to sell it?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julia G. Young on May 19, 2014
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This book is only valuable as an illustration in a Clinical Psych course on personality disorders. Beyond that, it is rubbish.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Aniston is a melodramatic whiner who is trying to cash in on her daughter's fame - plain and simple. She is emotionally unstable and a textbook manipulator. I think Jennifer Aniston is better off without her mother. Sometimes we have to rid our lives of toxic influences...even if that toxic influence is our mother.
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32 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Aniston and fan of the sitcom Friends. I just finished this book. I was dying to read it to learn more about Jen and her life. I knew of the estrangement between her and her mother and was very curious to find out what had happened. Nancy Aniston wrote this book to tell about herself and her life. She has used her position in life as Jennifer's mother to promote herself. If speaking about Jennifer on a T.V. show perpetuated their estrangement, what must Jennifer think now? Did Nancy think this book would bring them back together? Think again Nancy! How can Jennifer ever trust you again. She can't leave her home without being hounded by the press, now the whole world is privy to her childhood and adolescence. Shame on you for being another mother of a celebrity who can't sit back and enjoy the fruits of your child without trying to move in on the action. Selfish and self absorbed is how you appear in this book. If your account of your childhood is accurate, then I understand that you must be desperate to find validation. In my opinion, you went about it the wrong way.
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