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on January 2, 2015
Very good work on the part of Alice Munro's oldest daughter. Certainly a pleasure for those of us who love her stories. Hopefully we will learn more about Munro's later life sometime in the future.
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on September 18, 2016
Part biography, part memoir, this book by Alice Munro's daughter gives an interior view of the great writer as a mother and woman of her times.
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on February 15, 2015
Loved this memoir by Sheila Munro about growing up with mother who is renown artist, Alice Munro. Loved to see the daughter's experience and to learn about the author.
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on February 11, 2012
If you like the works of Alice Munro this memoir by her daughter helps you to understand her writing even better
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on January 12, 2017
I enjoyed so much this book (memoir) by Sheila Munro, "Lives of Mothers & Daughters: Growing Up With Alice Munro." The book does not have a "look inside" Amazon feature, so I wanted to provide the book description from the back of the book. Thank you, Sheila, for this wonderful book about your mother. She is one of the best short story writers.

From the back of the book: Sheila Munro is the daughter of one of the world’s most admired fiction writers: Alice Munro, three-time winner of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Sheila writes poignantly about growing up with a mother of such literary renown. At the core of the book lies a loving portrait of Alice, presented as only a daughter can, as Sheila traces the story back to her 19th-century Scottish ancestors before telling of Alice’s birth in 1931, her youth growing up on an Ontario farm, her two marriages, and her two grandchildren—Sheila’s own children. Sheila has a tale to tell that’s her own as well, involving her writerly aspirations and her efforts to forge a unique path while following in her mother’s footsteps. From her perspective as both a mother and an author, Sheila provides a behind-the-scenes look at her mother’s life and the inspirations for her stories. Devoted Alice Munro fans will recognize real settings, situations, and characters that found their way into her celebrated fiction. As Sheila herself writes, “I can’t unravel the truth of my mother’s fiction from the reality of what actually happened.”
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on September 26, 2012
If you have not read Alice Munro, and are a reader and especially a writer of any sort, read all of her writings and read this book. I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing or even the organization. But the daughter who was struggling with her own identity in the long gentle shadow of her exceedingly and uniquely talented mother is sharply honest and painfully real in this work with, of course, a happy ending. We all know so little about Munro, I think, because she is Canadian, a short story writer (except for a novel in her early writing days in the 50's), a woman, and a woman that does not seek the fame that could rightly be hers. But writers know. I started reading Alice about 4 years ago and can read little else. And her daughter's book has allowed me to know her more and understand the perspective from which she writes. I can never know enough about Alice Munro and now the daughter, who had the courage to give us her own writing next to the mother's made possible by the mother's love and unorthodox support. Thank you, Sheila!
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