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Motherless Mothers: How Losing a Mother Shapes the Parent You Become Paperback – Bargain Price, May 8, 2007
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“A wonderful new book...it will help you and make you cry.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, Tribune Media Services )
“Smart...Edelman maps the sorrow and longing felt by mothers who are motherless themselves. “ (The Oregonian )
Fascinating...Edelman illuminates the transformative power of understanding mother loss [and] offers essential wisdom. (Library Journal )
“Offers hope...a cathartic book.” (Toledo Blade )
“An important book. One that will help so many people.” (New York Newsday )
About the Author
Hope Edelman has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters and its companion volume, Letters from Motherless Daughters. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and their two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
A year and 9 months ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, and I started my most difficult and most sad year of my life.
At some point I thought to myself- I lost my mom. I lost my dad. Those were 2 huge turning points in my life. I thought I could over come everything! And here is this little baby, making me feel like I'm the weakest person on the face of the earth! What the.... ???
And then I bought Hope's second book- Motherless mothers.
I got it exactly one year after my boy was born, and then I started to understand everything.
This book helped me make peace with the dreadful year I had, where I felt my parents died all over again and instead of being over joyed with my son, I felt heart broken for the loss of my parents, for the loss of my family. It was so overwhelming that it completely shadowed the fact that my new family was just born.
This is the book that made me understand myself a whole lot better.
My Inner Peace Book.
Thank you Hope, for helping me become a better mother!
A co-worker gave me her copy of this book when I returned to work a full month after my mother's death. I don't think I started reading this book until I actually had my daughter. There are so many things in this book that have helped to validate what I was feeling and who I became after my loss. I closed myself off to even my closest friends during this time. I was 26, single, an orphan, and I was carrying a child that would never meet the wonderful woman who had raised me. I needed my Mother more than anything at that time and I just didn't see how I would be able to navigate this life, especially Motherhood, without her. Truthfully, in those early days, I wasn't too sure I did care to go on. But Edelman's book helped to give me HOPE. I no longer felt completely alone because here were women who had experienced mother-loss, some many years before I had. And they felt and said things that I had as well, but that I had not been able to put into words to express. I couldn't talk to my friends; how could they understand? My maternal grandmother couldn't deal with my loss and her loss. It was enough for her that she'd lost her youngest daughter. My mother's siblings also had their own hurt. And then there were my own siblings. My older brother, who called mom his "Superwoman" knew to do one thing, and that was protect his sisters. He dealt with his own pain...but quietly, privately.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Halfway through this book and really liking it. I'm pregnant and lost my mother 2 years ago. This book explains a lot of the emotion I'm having right now which I find comforting.Published 23 days ago by Shadele Adams
My mother died 19 years ago and it was helpful for me to read about others that have been through the same thing.Published 14 months ago by Lorna Harper
It was really, really helpful. My mother lost her mother at age 8 from pneumonia, pre-antibiotics, and is now 94 with Alzheimer's. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mossy
I lost my mother when I was 39, 10 months before becoming pregnant with my first child. Although this book deals with more EARLY mother-loss, I still am finding it comforting to... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Jeanne M Goddard
Lost my mother to breast cancer and two years later I found myself pregnant with my first baby - due soon. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Tara Molnar
I just lost my mother and have an 8 year old boy. I hoped this will help me deal with my loss so I can help him work it out, as he is very grieved and was attached to my mother... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Jasenka
I really loved Hope's Motherless Daughters. She put in words thoughts I have had ever since my Mom passed when I was a 14 leaving a 15 yo son and a 4 yo daughter and myself. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Izzy