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Too Close for Comfort?: Questioning the Intimacy of Today's New Mother-Daughter Relationship [Kindle Edition]

Linda Perlman Gordon , Susan Shaffer
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Book Description

A fascinating look at how mothers and their adult daughters have formed a greater friendship than generations past?and whether or not their should be boundaries.

No relationship is more complicated than the one between mothers and daughters? especially today, when a cultural shift can cause a longer period of time of overlapping interests before the traditional adult markers of marriage and family. As a result, these young women are developing deeper bonds with their own mothers, a relationship that sometimes mimics friendship. But are these close bonds healthy? Is it time to cut the umbilical cord?

In this eye-opening book, Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer explore the modern mother-daughter relationship in all its glorious complexity. Combining a brilliant sociological analysis with fascinating stories of real- life women, Too Close for Comfort? provides a rich, provocative look at the ways mothers and daughters get it right, how they get it wrong?and how they can happily maintain being friends as well as mothers and daughters.

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About the Author

Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer are coauthors of Why Boys Don’t Talk; Why Girls Talk; and Mom, Can I Move Back In with You?, and as a result, they have spoken to parent groups and educators nationally.

Susan Morris Shaffer has been an educator and gender equity specialist for more than thirty-five years and is currently the executive director of the Maryland State Parental Information and Resource Center.

Product Details

  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425229602
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IEUUW4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for mothers and daughters February 22, 2012
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At first I was skeptical about this book, but the farther I read, the more I get out of it. It's a little difficult to read, but if you use a highlighter (like I always do) and make notes in the margins, you can re-read those parts you don't quite get. Daughters need to know where they came from, their history with the rest of the women on earth. It seems that this generation of women don't care and "don't have time". Maybe I can slip it in in little pieces...or tie her to the clothes line!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Reassurance December 25, 2012
"Too Close For Comfort" has reassured me that I am not losing my mind or that I am an inadequate, sub-standard mother of my two 30 and under adult daughters. With humor and an eloquent perspective, the authors provide tremendous reassurance and guidelines that are ever so helpful. It is thought provoking and spot-on as it identifies what for me has been an emotionally difficult life transition. It is easy to read and the bibliography is a rich resource for further study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible February 14, 2010
By Vegindc
This is the book I have been looking for. My relationship with my teenage daughter has gone through it's good and it's bad and this book helps me understand the bad a lot better. I especially appreciated the stories of other mothers and daughters and the experiences they share.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By RitaS
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It is a helpful book for mothers with adult daughters, though a little redundant in parts, but still informative and worthwhile.

I first learned about it during an interview/discussion featuring the author on the topic of the oil-water sort of relationships between some Moms and Adult Daughters on Doctor Radio (a station on SiriusXM radio).
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Real insight into the adult relationship with mother and daughters. Recommend it to any mother whose relationship with their own daughter is not on good solid footing. It may answer your question as to why.
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