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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and thought-provoking, May 27, 2012
This review is from: The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self - A Memoir (Kindle Edition)
This book was loaned to me by the author. I am so moved by it that I am going to buy several copies as gifts.

Author Katherine Mayfield is a woman with great life experience, awesome emotional maturity, tremendous reflective powers, and a keen understanding of the therapeutic process. Reading this chronicle of the emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents, I was deeply moved by the connections I felt between her experience and the experiences of close friends whom I saw around me growing up. Everything she describes in this book feels as real to me as if I had experienced it myself. Mayfield doesn't demonize her parents -- she acknowledges many good qualities they possessed -- and neither does she spare herself, recounting honestly how the conditions of her early life caused her to hold views and make decisions she now regrets.

The account of her progress toward emotional health is inspiring; the details of her parents' deaths are gripping. You feel her wisdom on every page. The prose style is excellent, as expected from a consummate literary professional, and there are no problems with editing.

Mayfield also shares selections from therapeutic books that helped her, giving extensive references for those who would like to follow in her footsteps.

The Box of Daughter is suitable for anyone who has ever wanted to reflect on the trials and struggles of growing up. It takes its place among the classic tales of family dysfunction and renewal, such as Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle, Dave Pelzer's A Child Called It, or Simon Palmer's Losing the Hate.
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