Not Becoming My Mother

Not Becoming My Mother

And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way

Large Print - 2009
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Bestselling author Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed and openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own. Book jacket.
Published: Detroit : Gale/Cengage Learning, 2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410415738
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 REI
Characteristics: 147 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.


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Oct 13, 2015

The author had a very complicated history with her mother, a woman whose erratic behavior was often not funny anymore, but verging on terrifying. After her mother's death the author found a box of letters and scraps of paper with her mother's handwriting on them and proceeded to attempt a better understanding of the woman she'd tried so hard to distance herself from. My only complaint is that I wish the book was a little more detailed, a little longer, with more anecdotes. But otherwise, a very interesting read and something many of us, who have strived to understand a parent after their death, will find sympathetic reading.

Jul 25, 2014

I thought this book was a beautiful gift this mother gave to her daughter. I read this book in two (short) sittings, and then shared it with my friend, who did the same!

Jul 11, 2010

A memoir of her mother written after reading her mother's diaries and letters years following her death. Reichl has a much deeper understanding of her mother's generation, her struggles as an educated ambitious woman whom everyone said should be fulfilled as a wife and mother.

After regaling us in her funny 'Tender at the Bone' about her mother who could not cook and had little sense about food, Reichl's take here has a depth of understanding for her mother quite different.


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