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My Lie: A True Story of False Memory Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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"Maran's story is so tension-filled that I want to keep some of the twists out of this review, allowing readers of this remarkable book to discover them apart from me." (San Francisco Chronicle, September 19, 2010)
—MICHAEL CHABON, author of Manhood for Amateurs; and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Meredith Maran is a wonderful journalist and storyteller, profoundly honest, direct, witty, savvy and compassionate.
—ANNE LAMOTT, author of Grace (Eventually) and Bird By Bird
My Lie is the brave and riveting "inside story" of the most devastating mental health controversy of the century. I couldn't put it down.
—ELIZABETH F. LOFTUS, PHD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory
To admit sin is hard. To own a grave sin committed against a loved one is more difficult still. To be able to write about it with honesty and grace is extraordinary. My Lie by Meredith Maran tells a story no reader will—or should—forget.
—KATHRYN HARRISON, author of The Kiss and The Mother Knot
Meredith Maran is fearless, and My Lie is a shockingly honest, stunningly nuanced book. Every parent, and everyone who has a parent, should read this searing father-daughter story.
—AYELET WALDMAN, author of Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
"This marvelous, searing book held me in its thrall from the moment I read the Prologue, and never let go. Meredith Maran has written a page-turner of a memoir, at once brave and heartbreaking. Who among us hasn't questioned her own memory? In navigating her family history, Maran becomes a detective, and MY LIE reads like a mystery all the more suspenseful because the writer has taken great care to tell the truth."
—DANI SHAPIRO, author of Devotion: A Memoir
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"A THEORY OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES by Meredith Maran: a fictional parenting triangle that challenges assumptions."--Reader's Digest, February 2012
"Meredith Maran's wonderful new novel, A THEORY OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES, is what Franzen's Freedom would be, if it were free."--Rebecca Walker
I could not put A THEORY OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES down. Even with my eyes practically crossing at 2am, I had to know what was going to happen! And I found the ending -- the ambiguity of it -- very satisfying, even though I wanted to know more. It was true to life, painful, beautifully done. Very strong, believable characters who I won't soon forget.--Dani Shapiro
Meredith Maran is a book critic whose reviews appear in People, Salon, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle, an award-winning journalist, and the author of several bestselling nonfiction books, including Class Dismissed and What It's Like To Live Now. The mother of two sons and grandmother of the cutest baby on earth, she lives in Oakland with her wife. A Theory of Small Earthquakes is her first novel.
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The book covers the problem of Recovered Memory Therapy from the perspective of the client of a therapist or therapists. It tells about Ms. Maran's journey into RMT and the fall out of her relationships with her family. Her father took the brunt of her "recovered memories." One of the worst things you can do to a parent, especially a father, is to accuse him of sexual abuse. They have no defence. All they can do is deny it but then with that type of therapy they get hit with "your in denial." A no win situation.
Fortunately Ms. Maran started to question her "memories" and realized what she had done. She could have left it there but went the full nine yards with this book. An apology to her father. And he accepted her apology.
I am biased against RMT. My daughter got into it and has cut off her entire famly for the last twenty years. I know what she "remembers" is not true but she was and is suggestible and trusting. I pray some day she and the other misguided clients of less than reputable therapists will come home to their families. My daughter will always be welcome.
Although "My Lie" seems on casual reading to be written with clarity, I found it to be tremendously tangled. Meredith Maran describes a painful journey from a need for certainty (specifically, that her father sexually abused her) to a kind of resolution in exploring and accepting uncertainty and complexity in life. But I don't think she had got there at the time of writing.Read more ›
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Every person involved in psychotherapy should read this book. It is the story of recovered memory therapy gone horribly wrong. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
People need to be aware of what is going on in the world of psychiatry. This book is raw with emotion and feelings of regret. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Ervin
Pitifully biased! Never acknowledges the millions of actual valid abuse cases. Repression DOES happen. It happened to me! Waste of money.Published 11 months ago by sandra wilson
Meredith's book was an interesting read...throughout the book she shifts responsibilities for her lies to others - mostly notably therapists and writers of self-help books. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Anonymous
Meredith Maran's retraction and her exposure of a tragic national dilemma that lives on today gets five stars. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Patricia
I have been researching false memory syndrome, and along with professionally written books of science, like the books of Elizabeth Loftus, I have been taking in a few personal... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Douglas
Book was like a bad, sad soap opera. Nice she took her false accusation back but even with that she seemed just a mess, lost, and full if drama, drama, drama.Published on August 5, 2012 by Happy Hiker
As a family recently affected (2009) by false allegations that are a product of recovered(false)memory, I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Michelle
My Lie is a jumbled collection of vignettes that came from her research on incest and molestation and eventually caused her to "go native. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Robert F. Hynes