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Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, August 17, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
“Unadorned, poignant and honest to the core, Kaylie Jones’ memoir is a light emerging from the shadows of a writing life.” (Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin )
“Searing, brutally honest....What makes Lies My Mother Never Told Me such an uplifting book despite all the pain and turmoil it recounts is its revelation of how Kaylie Jones has matured as a person in dealing with her twin legacies, literary and alcoholic, and also as a writer.” (Washington Times )
“Brilliant, touching…. Absolutely addictive, this story of struggle and triumph is a joy to read, thanks to Jones’s gift for handling dark material with humor and grace…. a treasure for fans of literature and literary memoirs, as well as anyone who’s coped with alcoholics in the family.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
Top Customer Reviews
As a practicing physician, I have diagnosed, attended, treated and sadly even pronounced many, many alcoholics who often evoke in me a deep sense of pathos and loss. In my opinion, this book captures the other side of the conversation and is truly instructive toward healing the divide between alcoholism and hapless medical physicians who often cannot identify, empathize or begin to understand the invisible alcoholics who are all too often unacknowledged, overlooked in our offices. Instead we engage in a masquerade of treating a more socially acceptable illness, a skin infection or a dental abcess, all the while overlooking the alcoholic who is often desperate to be released through the rebirth a diagnosis could really provide.
The day after I finished the book I attended my usual afternoon office hours. The first patient who entered was a woman I had recently identified as newly relapsed into active alcoholism. She and I talked about our last meeting some weeks earlier, and, after a few minutes, I wrote down the title of this book and the name of the author, insisting my patient read this.Read more ›
Although Gloria Jones may be seen as an evil character from a Disney movie, Kaylie portrays her realistically, yet tactfully does not post blame. Gloria, despite her horrible comments to Kaylie throughout her life is seen for her physical beauty, grace, sense of humor, and addiction that consumes the real Gloria and those around her. The brutal honesty in which Kaylie writes is an attribute to her as a writer, person, and healer. How does a child hearing numerous times, "If I had to pick between having your father of having you, I would pick your father" and not be cut to the core? This sets the pattern of verbal abuse Kaylie endures at the hands of her mother's addiction. It would be easy for Kaylie to blame her mother, but she doesn't. Kaylie does what all children of alcoholics or children whose parents are divorcing do. She blames herself and suppresses the hurt and anger in order to keep the peace. Having had years of experience, therapy, a supporting husband, and a tough, strong-willed, and insightful daughter, Kaylie is able to filter through the rubble and never place blame, but enlighten us to the true evil mustache-twisting antagonist, alcohol.
Kaylie, herself, turned to the bottle as a way to cope with life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and memoir. If you love classical writers this is a great book to read. Also tells the life story of James Jones, his wife and their daughter Kaylie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LHB
like a expressionistic painting -- first were the dots and the dabs and then all of the sudden i'm in it and it's full of paint and takes form, like that, and i couldn't put it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by AMY SEWELL
Every page was a joy to read, a fast read. So many things I could relate to. What a rich life.Published 8 months ago by gertrude Snodgrass
A well thought out biography of the relationship with her mother and her famous author father . Honest writing, of good memories and bad . Worth reading about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
a brave,wrenching memoir by a sensitive writer who finally was able shed the role of victimPublished 22 months ago by joe luppi
Unlike most memoirs by the children of celebrities, this books is neither a picnic of name dropping nor a Mommy- Dearest horror fest. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D
When I chosed this book, I have to admit it was a total accident, the title of the book caught my attention for some reason. Today I can tell anyone it was the best mistake. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Maria
Deeply insightful , personal , a talented writer on her own , a look into the real James Jones - a great American authorPublished on July 12, 2014 by molamark
I felt for the author of this book and I know her father was famous but at times I felt she was a name drop per. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Sidney Jenkins