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What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    I was a little nervous that What My Mother Gave Me would be a si

    I was a little nervous that What My Mother Gave Me would be a simplistic, feel-good collection of daughters' memories of their mothers, where every story is perfect and happy. I was relieved to discover that the book is much deeper and more authentic than that. This collection of essays portrays the beauty that can be found in a wide variety of mother-daughter relationships, whether the relationship was one that offered endless support and unconditional love, was terribly complicated and broken, or somewhere in between. Even daughters who experienced heartbreakingly unhappy childhoods reflected a valuable gift their mother had given them, something that greatly impacted their lives. Each piece in the book was very relatable, and gave readers the opportunity to consider complex mother-daughter relationships from different perspectives and contexts. Fond, happy memories were never overly mushy. Difficult ones weren't glossed over or whitewashed. It was refreshing, and gave the entire collection a genuine, honest feeling. Still beautiful, still sentimental, but real.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.   

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    My daughter gave me this book for Mother's Day. The book present

    My daughter gave me this book for Mother's Day. The book presents very well the complex relationships that all mothers and daughters 
    seem to have. My own mother has been gone for over 20 years and as I read the book it brought back all the gifts she gave me, and how
    some remain as cherished reminders of her. It also reminded me of the ups and downs of our relationship, but the enduring memory of
    her love no matter how expressed. 

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