Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter: Stories about the Special Bond between Mothers and Daughters


This book contains the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library on the mother-daughter bond. Mothers and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in these stories that remind them of their mutual appreciation.

How often have you seen a teenage girl pretend to be perturbed, but secretly smile, when she is told that she acts or looks just like her mother? Fathers, brothers, and friends sometimes shake their heads in wonder as girls ...

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This book contains the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library on the mother-daughter bond. Mothers and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in these stories that remind them of their mutual appreciation.

How often have you seen a teenage girl pretend to be perturbed, but secretly smile, when she is told that she acts or looks just like her mother? Fathers, brothers, and friends sometimes shake their heads in wonder as girls "turn into their mothers."

This new collection from Chicken Soup represents the best 101 stories from Chicken Soup's library on the special bond between mothers and daughters, and the magical, mysterious similarities between them. Mothers and daughters of all ages will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in these stories that remind them how much they appreciate each other.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. Since then, more than 150 Chicken Soup titles have been published, selling more than 100 million copies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096078
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 256,915
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Chicken Soup for the Soul is a favorite publisher of books about family with many bestselling books about family and personal dynamics.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy Newmark is the Publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

A Special Foreword Jack Mark xi
1 The Magical Bond
1 The Club Susan B. Townsend 1
2 Replicas Melissa Arnold Hill 3
3 Missing Pieces Lizanne Southgate 5
4 The Look M. M. English 10
5 The Bike Trip Peggy Newland 12
6 Roses for Tara Tara Steele told to Heather Black 18
7 Princes Kristy Ross 23
8 The Little White Chapel Dawn Rambin 26
9 I Love You More Christie A. Hansen 29
10 Stranded on an Island Beverly Beckham 31
2 Mutual Support
11 The Birth of Daughters Karen C. Driscoll 37
12 Pennies from Heaven Holly Jensen Hughes 40
13 Mothers and Daughters Patricia Bunin 42
14 Cellular Love Amy Hirshberg Lederman 44
15 Growing Up Lisa Duffy-Korpics 47
16 Running Role Model Mindy Pollack-Fusi 52
17 The Power of My Mother's Love Shana Helmholdt 55
18 Mama's Lesson Nicole Plyler Fisk 59
3 Learning from Each Other
19 What Mothers Teach Ferna Lary Mills 65
20 The Sweater Pamela Albee 69
21 Toast Means Love Toni Hall 72
22 A Couple of Cacti Kelly E. Reno 74
23 My Mother's Greatest Gift Marie Ragghianti 77
24 Chasing Butterflies Karen Majoris-Garrison 82
25 The Little White Shoes Catherine Monserrat, Ph.D. 85
26 Moving in with Mom Carol Sjostrom Miller 89
27 Mother's Silver Candlesticks Liesel Shineberg 92
28 Thanksgiving Dinner and Infant Seats Frances Firman Salorio 95
29 Things I Learned from My Mother Sylvia Rosa-Casanova 98
30 A Cup of Coffee Barb Huff 102
4 Always There for Each Other
31 Marissa T. J. Banks 109
32 Abigail's Dove Karen Majoris-Garrison 112
33 Divorce-Cut and Dried Kelly McLane 116
34 A Perfect Skate Nancy E. Myer 119
35 Planting Day Beth Pollack 122
36 The Prom ThatAlmost Wasn't Kate Clabough 125
37 Help Mom, I Need You! L. Maggie Baxter 128
38 A Hug for Your Thoughts Brenda Nixon 133
39 Climb On Judy Henning 135
40 My Turn Barbara Jeanne Fisher 139
41 The Bear Zulmara Cline 141
42 Marathon Women Susan Fishman Orlins 144
5 Gratitude
43 Your Friend, Mommy Patricia J. Lesesne 151
44 It Runs in the Family Jarralynne Agee 153
45 My Mother's Cure Jean Jeffrey Gietzen 156
46 She Came Back Bearing Gifts Luann Warner 160
47 The Reunion Kathy N. Jublou 163
48 A Peace Corps Mama Cheryl Reece Myers 167
49 Cinderella Tekla Dennison Miller 168
50 The Most Precious Gift Linda Rivers 173
51 Happy Birthday, Baby Kim Childs 176
52 Never Enough Laurie Kalb 179
53 An Angel in Disguise Alice Lundy Blum 181
54 Happy Returns Jane Robertson 185
55 The Mother Who Matters Kristy White 189
6 Saying Goodbye
56 I'm Okay, Mom and Dad Lark Whittemore Ricklefs 195
57 To See You Cynthia M. Hamond 198
58 A Name in the Sand Elizabeth Stumbo 200
59 Angel Escort Elissa Hadley Conklin 203
60 Joan's Bouquet Julie Messbarger told to Charlotte Adelsperger 207
61 Thirsty Nancy B. Gibbs 209
62 The Red Sweater Stella Shepard 211
63 Tough Love Mary Harrison Hart 214
64 Anticipating the Empty Nest Bonnie Feuer 217
65 A Rose for Mother Maria E. Sears 219
66 Leaving Home Beth Copeland Vargo 223
7 Through the Generations
67 Lessons on Napkins Caurie Anne Miner 229
68 The Gift of Memory Sally Friedman 232
69 Yellow Irises Marion Owen 235
70 It's a Date! Carol McAdoo Rehme 239
71 Pantyhose Hair Annette Marie Hyder 241
72 Sandwich Generation Tricia Short 244
73 Of Satin and Ceremonies Carol McAdoo Rehme 246
74 I Never Saw My Mother Do a Sit-Up EllynAnne Geisel 248
75 Sweet Sixteen Shelly Teems Johnson told to Gloria Cassity Stargel 250
76 Two Grannies in the Kitchen Patricia Lorenz 255
8 Like Grandmother, Like Mother, Like Granddaughter
77 Sticky Memories Mary Ann Cook 263
78 The True Lesson of Homework Sally Friedman 266
79 Becoming a Grandma Robin Lim 269
80 Crinkles and Crow's Feet Anne Culbreath Watkins 270
81 Travels with Grandma Phyllis W. Zeno 273
82 "What's in a Name?" Patty S. Sullivan 276
83 Babies, Boredom and Bliss Janet Hall Wigler 279
84 Beach Talk Judith Marks-White 283
9 Special Mother-Daughter Moments
85 Thumbs-Up Smiley Face Patricia Buck 289
86 Light Jacquelyn Mitchard 291
87 Looking for Love(s) Kathleen Kersch Simandl 296
88 Teddy Bear Tonic Bonnie Walsh Davidson 299
89 She Did It Her Way Julie Firman 303
90 The Queen of Coleslaw Annmaire Tait 305
91 The Impossible Dream Peggy Spence 308
92 A Family Christmas Carol Michelle Anzelone 311
93 Honey's Greatest Gift B. J. Reinhard 313
94 The Green Pajamas Marion Bond West 316
95 Secret Weapon Jennifer Oliver 320
10 Funny Mother-Daughter Moments
96 The Littlest Daughter Julie Firman 327
97 Starring on the Six O'Clock News Erin K. Kilby 329
98 Mommy Needs a Raise! Regina Wiegand 332
99 Clothes Closet Reflections Patricia Lorenz 333
100 Catfishing with Mama Lin Sutherland 335
101 Heave Ho Betty A. King 340 More Chicken Soup 344 Who is Jack Canfield? 359 Who is Mark Victor Hansen? 361 Who is Amy Newmark? 363 Acknowledgments 365
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