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Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me along the Way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2009

    not a great gift...

    I gave this book to my Mother (an avid reader) after reading a review. Her take was that it was bleak and left a hangover of sadness, so I thought I'd better read it and share the misery. Bleak, sad, a woman's life frustrated and a daughter who who can at least claim to have succeeded in her Mother's hope that her own life be more fulfilled. I can't suggest this book as a gift, or even a diverting read. sad.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

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    Rerun

    If you have read any of Ruth Reichl's other books this is a rerun and a short one at that. She writes an interesting book, but not this one. I felt stung having paid money for material from her other books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2009

    A good read, but a poor value.

    I liked Ruth Reichl's other books, so I was interested in reading this book. I was especially interested in learning more about Reichl's relationship with her mother. Reichl's writing was fine, and her stories were insightful, making this a good read. It would make a good book for book clubs, as there were many topics that made the reader ponder the changing roles of women in society, and the opportunities open to them, over the past several decades. However, the small size of the book made me feel that the story was over too soon and the relatively hefty price made me feel that, in the end, the book did not quite justify its purchase price.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    Enjoyable

    Enjoyable as all Ruth Reichle's books, but not as entertaining as Tender to the bone or some of the others.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Poignant & Lovely

    I bought this book knowing full well that our book group would enjoy it before we even cracked a page. Having read all of Ms. Reichl's books, and many of her forewords, I was certain that this would work her magic as well. It did. We all enjoyed the read very much. It resulted in conversations about our own mothers and about how difficult relationships can be, for so many different reasons.

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