Lives Our Mothers Leave Us: Prominent Women Discuss the Complex, Humorous, and Ultimately Loving Relationships They Have with Their Mothers

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The title The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us encapsulates what this book by Patti Davis is about. No matter what a woman achieves in her life, no matter how old she gets or whether or not she herself becomes a mother, she is always and forever a daughter.

 

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Lives Our Mothers Leave Us: Prominent Women Discuss the Complex, Humorous, and Ultimately Loving Relationships They Have with Their Mothers

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Overview

The title The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us encapsulates what this book by Patti Davis is about. No matter what a woman achieves in her life, no matter how old she gets or whether or not she herself becomes a mother, she is always and forever a daughter.

 

The Women Whose Stories Are Included . . .

Patti Davis                    Anne Rice

Carolyn See                  Marg Helgenberger

Melissa Gilbert              Carnie Wilson

Rosanna Arquette         Mariel Hemingway

Anna Quindlen              Angelica Huston

Mary Kay Place            Ruby Dee

Faye Wattleton              Julianne Margulies

Lily Tomlin                    Diahann Carroll

Candice Bergen             Marianne Williamson

Lorna Luft                    Whoopie Goldberg

Alice Hoffman              Cokie Roberts

Kathy Smith

Linda Bloodworth Thomason

 

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"Sometime around the age of 40, most of us realize that our mothers live deep inside us," proclaims novelist Davis (TheLong Goodbye) in this series of interviews with more than 20 well-known women of a certain generation-Melissa Gilbert, Candice Bergen, Anjelica Huston, Whoopi Goldberg and Cokie Roberts, to name a few-about their relationships with their mothers. Some of the mothers led careers as entertainers (like Lorna Luft's mother, Liza Minnelli), activists and preachers, but many were wives, homemakers and divorcées. The result is a cross between reaffirming self-help book and candid women's narrative, with individual daughters' stories creating a kind of collective memoir. Readers may recognize traces of their own relationships with their mothers as these women recount histories of addiction, sickness and death, along with memories of friendship, strength and reconciliation. Davis interjects to offer uplifting, if boilerplate and unnecessary, interpretations of each woman's journey, but the voices of the daughters, now seasoned with age, contemplation and perspective, are reaffirming in their own right. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401921620
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,229,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Davis is the author of seven books, including Bondage, The Long Goodbye, and Two Cats and the Woman They Own. She is the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    would recommend

    Wonderful read for myself as a daughter, and a joy to share with a wonderful mother, three sisters and three nieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I Agree This Is A Book Every Mother And Daughter Should Own

    Excellent and fast read for someone trying to understand the dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship. I shared it with many of my friends who, all, could relate to, at least, one of the stories in the book. I would recommend it highly.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that "When God Stopped Keeping Score" was just about overcoming forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. The author actually pulls back the curtain to his own life, to offer an intimate look at the true power of forgiveness and reveals the emotional price that you must be willing to pay to live without it.

    All of this, while still offering up interesting and often tear worthy stories that showed you just how you should deal with friends, family and more importantly, yourself when things do go wrong. The author more importantly reveals the key to keeping these relationships strong even in the face of adversity. Read the story of the mother and the wayward teenage daughter. You will love it.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe that's because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it for yourself. It is on sale here on BN.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Excellant read. A book that every daughter and mother should own.

    This book highlights the different types of relationships between mothers and daughters. It also helps you to learn and understand there are others out there who have or had the same type of relationship with their mother as you have had with yours. Especially when you have lost your mother
    you learn that you are not alone.

    It is also an inspiration as to the type of relationship you would like to have with your own daughter.
    This is a resource to be read and reread for years to come.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Mother's Day

    I read this book and was touched by all the daughters who gave quite candid interviews about their mothers and families. Ms. Davis did a wonderful job conveying the relationships at their best and not so best. I highly highly recommend it as a great Mother's Day present. Mine got hers early as I couldn't wait for her to read the book so we could talk about it.

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