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An exploration of the darker side of maternal behavior drawn from scientific research, psychology, and the real-life experiences of adult daughters, Mean Mothers sheds light on one of the last cultural taboos: what happens when a woman doesn't or can't love her daughter.
Mean Mothers reveals the multigenerational thread that often runs through these stories—many unloving mothers are the daughters of unloving or hypercritical women—and explores what happens to a daughter's sense of self and to her relationships when her mother is emotionally absent or even cruel. But Mean Mothers is also a narrative of hope, recounting how daughters can get past the legacy of hurt to become whole within and to become loving mothers to the next generation of daughters. The personal stories of unloved daughters and sons and those of the author herself, are both unflinching and moving, and bring this most difficult of subjects to life.
Mean Mothers isn't just a book for daughters who've had difficult or impossible relationships with their mothers. By exposing the myths of motherhood that prevent us from talking about the women for whom mothering a daughter is fraught with ambivalence, tension, or even jealousy, Mean Mothers also casts a different light on the extraordinary influence mothers have over their female children as well as the psychological complexity and emotional depth of the mother-daughter relationship.
This book literally saved my life. I had no idea there were others out there who had a mother like mine. Read morePublished 16 days ago by anonymous
I expected more from this book in terms of explaining how to get past hurtful relationships from actual daughters of means mothers. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Wanjuhi
I related to all of it... Helped me to find peace in my decision to move on in my life without my mother. Read morePublished 1 month ago
A beautiful book for healing. Please see (...) for a website just for women's healing from family trauma.Published 2 months ago by Sedna
This was a hard book to read, but it gave me hope. The author refers to "unloved daughters" and we are legion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Danu
I am a mental health counselor who recommends this well researched and well written book to all my clients. Peg Streep is the expert to consult in this field. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deedra
Good validation that I was NOT TOTALLY to blame for my mother's actions towards me for 60+ years! Did I cry at her memorial service? No. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeanne D. Taylor