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Mothering Without a Map: The Search for the Good Mother Within Paperback – February 22, 2005
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Most of all I marvel at Black's balance in her information; under any other writer, this book would feel like the usual blame-the-mother for all of the world's ills. But Black, through humor and empathy, makes the deficits all mothers have surmountable and understandable.
Plus, you've got to see this bibliography at the end of book --
thousands of sources.
As many of the women in this book, I felt the pain of inadequate support from my mother. I have been forced to distance myself from an unsupportive and often destructive mother. The baggage from the loss of her own mother and the unresolved issues of her childhood have contorted her into an unhappy, joyless and often mean adult.
Through this book I have been given a different perspective on what it might have been like for her to grow up without a mother at all and why that would have been so difficult for her. I find my perspective has softened a little and my curiosity and sympathy have been awakened toward her. I find myself wondering about what she was missing and how it might have contributed to who she has become.
I think the best message that I received from this book is that it is possible to be an ordinary good mother even if you didn't have one yourself.
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This books changed my life. I read it a few years before becoming a mother and it changed the way I thought about mothering and my ability to nurture my children. Read morePublished 16 months ago by elizabeth scott
This is a very informative book. It is heartfelt and personal, yet also very researched based. I hope the person I bought it for will find it helpful.Published on December 10, 2013 by Carol K. Snyder
I knew I needed to raise my children differently, and this book provided examples of women who did. One of my favorite quotes was something to the effect of success means our kids... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by C. Carter
This book is well written and thought provoking. The concepts covered are presented in an interesting way, with narrative and testimonial throughout.Published on July 1, 2012 by Jaura
I really liked this book. It integrated good research, the author's own story and the stories of other women with ease. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Rainbow
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