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I Am My Mother's Daughter: Making Peace with Mom - Before It's Too Late

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Iris Krasnow-mother, daughter, and bestselling journalist-tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of many grown women: the mother-daughter bond. With women’s life expectancy inching up past 80, you may be embroiled with your mother well past the time your own hair turns white. The good news: Living longer means more time to make peace-and this book shows you how. Drawing on her own experience with her colorful 85-year-old mother and the collective wisdom of more than 100 other adult daughters, Krasnow ...

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Overview

Iris Krasnow-mother, daughter, and bestselling journalist-tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of many grown women: the mother-daughter bond. With women’s life expectancy inching up past 80, you may be embroiled with your mother well past the time your own hair turns white. The good news: Living longer means more time to make peace-and this book shows you how. Drawing on her own experience with her colorful 85-year-old mother and the collective wisdom of more than 100 other adult daughters, Krasnow offers a fresh perspective on how to overcome the anger, guilt, and resentment that can destroy a family. The time to repair the bond is now, she reminds us: You can’t kiss and make up at her funeral. The key is to let go of the fantasy mom and embrace the flesh-and-blood woman, with all her flaws.

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Making up with mother is no easy business. In Iris Krasnow's I Am My Mother's Daughter, the experience begins at home: She writes about reconciling as an adult with her difficult, strongly opinionated 84-year-old mother. Krasnow draws on her own experiences and those of other baby-boomer women to show that it is never too late to ditch painful baggage and learn to love Mom anew.
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At 50, American University communications professor Krasnow (Surrendering to Marriage) reconciled with her difficult mother, a Holocaust survivor and former saleswoman. Here she gathers insights from other adult women with diverse backgrounds and experiences but similar life wisdom: "Ditching old baggage and learning to love our mothers must come before we learn to love, and know, ourselves." A private investigator becomes caretaker to her highly competent mother, a former nurse, and discovers that the Superwoman is merely human; a Trinidadian immigrant and victim of spousal abuse accepts her lawyer daughter's lesbianism and gains her respect. A therapist and survivor of eating disorders shares a marital problem with her "historically non-empathetic" mother and is gratified by her response; a social services professional pushing 70 learns to cope with the 96-year-old family matriarch who still treats her like a child. Celebrities get to vent, too: singer Chynna Phillips reconnects with her neglectful rock star mother, Michelle, of the Mamas and the Papas, as they bond over Chynna's children and a passion for music. Although it doesn't pack the punch that Nancy Friday's revolutionary My Mother/My Self did in its day, Krasnow's worthy effort will resonate with introspective baby boomers.(May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Based on interviews and her own experiences, author and journalist Krasnow (communications, American Univ.; Surrendering to Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and Other Imperfections) illustrates how all daughters can improve their relationships with their mothers. Her thesis embraces the belief that healing can be achieved in even the most horrible relationships and that healing gives peace and understanding to the daughter as she ages. This very upbeat and insightful text will surely be of wide interest, since the mother-daughter relationship rivets nearly all women's attention, but it especially speaks to middle-aged women who have already achieved a level of maturity, achievement, and independence in their lives. A bibliography and/or a notes section would have enhanced the author's work (there are only a few pages of references); all the same, it is highly recommended for public libraries of all sizes.-Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465037551
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 823,031
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Krasnow is a journalist and professor of communications at American University, and the author of the bestselling Surrendering series. She has been a guest on “Oprah,” CNN, the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” “CBS Morning Show,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and “The Hour of Power.” Krasnow began writing this book in response to her own mother’s deteriorating health. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

1 I love you, I hate you, I am you 1
2 Letting go of the fantasy mom 19
3 Embracing mother dearest 47
4 Love, rage, and stomachaches 75
5 Growing old together 121
6 Guilt, grief, and moving on 151
7 Rebirth after death 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    good book

    it was very helpful between my mother and i

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    I wish I could tell every daughter in the world that they must r

    I wish I could tell every daughter in the world that they must read this book. This book has the potential to be life changing for many women. I lost my own mother in 1995. Although we had a close relationship, it was not without some issues. This book helped me to see her in a new light. My reason for reading it at this time was due to a heartbreaking two year estrangement with my own grown daughter. I pray that some how she will find this book and read it, before it's too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Very Insightful

    This book brought up so many issues that I wanted to explore with others I created my first ever book club to discuss with female friends their views and experiences.

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