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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.
Peg Streep is both the daughter of a mean mother and the devoted mother of an adult daughter. She is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence and the bestselling Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life, both with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman. Streep holds degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. A native New Yorker, she is married and lives in Burlington, Vermont.
I can not wait to finish reading it...
The first part of the book, in which examples of mean mothers were described, was excellent - well organized, with a lot of very cogent insights.
If you have/had a mean mother this is the book to have to work through and understand the many emotions that go with having a mean mother.
I skimmed approximately 50% of this book. I thought it had an overly academic, dry feel to it. Boring writing style, to be blunt about it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by kristi
Wonderfully informative read for any child of a parent with borderline personality disorder.Published 1 month ago by Tani C. DiNocco
I recommend this book to all those who had unloving and uncaring mothers in their lives.Published 1 month ago by Lilbit
A wonderful insight into why some Mother's can't connect with their children. As a mother it's a sober look at how it's possible to let our past cause pain in our children's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by sunnyday2000
My mother and I have always been strained to say the least. She's dying and one day while I was caring for her she said, "Go Home to NC I can't take anymore. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julianne Ziefle
If you have/had a mean mother this is the book to have to work through and understand the many emotions that go with having a mean mother. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary
It was nice for a change to read from the daughters perspective. The author helped me with self acknowledgement and giving myself some peace.Published 4 months ago by Sherri Tate
Although the totaled of this book does seem obvious, they are many self help and self taught ways to help one with problem parents.Published 4 months ago by JLKO