From Mother and Daughter to Friends

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Engagingly written as a journal of fond memories, life experiences, lessons learned, and tragedies overcome, this is the story of the family that gave the world actress Jennifer Aniston. Written by her mother, Nancy Aniston, this tender, poetic, and charming memoir represents a healing exercise, and most importantly serves as an example of how to cope with and understand estrangement between parent and child.

During the meteoric rise of Jennifer's popularity on the hit ...

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From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir

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Overview

Engagingly written as a journal of fond memories, life experiences, lessons learned, and tragedies overcome, this is the story of the family that gave the world actress Jennifer Aniston. Written by her mother, Nancy Aniston, this tender, poetic, and charming memoir represents a healing exercise, and most importantly serves as an example of how to cope with and understand estrangement between parent and child.

During the meteoric rise of Jennifer's popularity on the hit television comedy Friends, Nancy and her daughter had a misunderstanding imposed on them by a tabloid TV report. In the three years since they last spoke, Nancy learned that separation from grown children is a national epidemic and that scores of parents suffer the same feelings of pain, guilt, and shame. This knowledge inspired Nancy Aniston to record family memories in this compelling volume, "and in the process of detailed retrospection a miraculous healing took place."

Nancy chronicles her own childhood of poverty, abandonment, failed marriages, and the difficult early years as a single mother. She recalls Jennifer's early love for the theater, the therapists, career managers, and hangers-on who endangered family bonds as she guided her daughter through the exciting, sometimes disappointing, stages of an acting career that came to realize phenomenal success.

While refusing the lure of celebrity gossip, Nancy Aniston strives to secure her story's inherent dignity, hoping it will be helpful to those trying to overcome their own childhood trauma, fallout from divorce, single-parenting issues, and the "dark hole of child/parent estrangement."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573927727
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,406,397
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Aniston is a photographer and writer living in southern California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Acknowledgments 13
1. "Don't Worry, I Know It's Your First Interview...." 15
2. Switching Focus 27
3. A Ray of Hope 41
4. Transformation 53
5. The Heart Remembers 69
6. A Tangle of Feelings 85
7. Hopes and Dreams Abroad 101
8. Settling into the Upper West Side 113
9. Choices 119
10. "I'm Not Committed to This Marriage" 135
11. Carving Up a Life 153
12. Beginning Again 169
13. You're Always Welcome Here 185
14. I Didn't Have This Problem When I Was Young! 197
15. A Gift with Every Pain 213
16. Seeds for a New Life 223
17. Launching Another Career 233
18. Return to L.A. 245
19. The Need to "Individualize" 259
20. New Insights 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    W9rth a Read

    Even th9ugh Nancy Aniston came under fire for capitalizing on her daughters fame/fortune, this book is worth a read. She gives detailed accounts of Jennifer growing up, family troubles and school days. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    IT NEEDED TO BE WRITTEN

    This is a sad yet very interesting book about the process of mother-daughter estrangement. There is an old saying that 'society seduces children away from parents using false promises and then eventually abandons these children...' There is an ominous sense of that here in this book. Time will tell. Good reading.

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