- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142180777
- ISBN-13: 978-0142180778
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost Daughter: A Memoir Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Praise for The Lost Daughter
"The Lost Daughter is an extraordinary memoir. In fact, this is exactly the kind of story for which memoir was born. Mary Williams has lived more lives than a dozen other women combined. Some of those lives have been brutal and others have been blessed, but she regards every aspect of her remarkable journey with the same sense of clarity, honesty, compassion, and (in delightful outbursts) vivacious wit. I marvel at this book, at this life, at this unforgettable account of a mighty and uncrushable human being."
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
"I've known Mary Williams for almost ten years now, and I always hoped she would tell her incredible story. She's a writer of uncommon clarity and humor, and the arrival of her memoir is cause for celebration."
—Dave Eggers, author of What is the What and A Hologram for the King
“I love the way Mary Williams tells her story, The Lost Daughter, of living in and between two worlds—upheavals and miracles, deprivations, and opportunities. A world of mothers lost and found again. It is ultimately a story about acceptance and forgiveness and gratitude, told with the deepest compassion, honesty and, ultimately, love.”
—Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
“A tender memoir of love and redemption. Born during the civil rights movement to Black Panther Party parents, Williams grew up in a tough neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., [until] actress and activist Jane Fonda stepped in and gave the bright 16-year-old girl a new life. And for 30 years, Williams avoided looking backward to her birth mother and rough beginnings....In heartwarming prose, the author explains how she eventually reunited with her siblings, their children and finally her birth mother. A compassionate tale of soul-searching and family love.”
“William’s attempts to reconcile her two disparate families and lives form the heart of her conversational narrative of a life changed by what looks like chance....A fascinating picture of Jane Fonda in a maternal role emerges but equally intriguing is Williams’s description of life as a small child living in the close-knit Black Panther community. Williams will remind readers that tensions ran high in the 1970s and that sometimes the collateral damage was human life.”
About the Author
Mary Williams is the author of the children’s book Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. She has also written for McSweeney’s and O, The Oprah Magazine.
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I felt when I finished, I saw another side of Jane Fonda I never read about and I'm so happy that they both met each other. You never know the power of each encounter we have and Jane's obviously helped Mary in many ways.
I've seen a lot of Mary's in my life and it's hard to see so much potential be lost. It was uplifting to read how she was able to see all she had to offer and know her value. Her journey isn't over, but she has made great strides.
I did feel, although her life with Jane might have been ideal in many ways, everyone seemed a bit too "perfect", never an argument with Jane's children, lots of understanding and support, never an unkind word. I admire her integrity in doing that, but it made me feel something was missing and part of me wanted to be adopted by Jane also. : )
I'm glad I bought the book, to witness Mary's winding path to finding who she was and to see Jane's softer side off the screen. All her Oscars and awards, don't measure up to the help she brought many children who needed it.
difference in how a person's life story can develop. It also explored ways to handle anger; the negative impact it can have on a person's life and the importance of letting it go so that one can grow.
while trying to resolve her emotional problems, the love and support provided by her adopted family gave her the courage to develop and have
some extraordinary life experiences. Through these experiences she was finally able to resolve her emotional issues.
this is a good book for counsellors, social workers and struggling young women.