The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us

The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us

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by Patti Davis
     
 

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THE LIVES OUR MOTHERS LEAVE US 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 Carolyn See Melissa Gilbert Anna

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THE LIVES OUR MOTHERS LEAVE US 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 Carolyn See Melissa Gilbert Anna Quindlen Rosanna Arquette Mary Kay Place Faye Wattleton Lily Tomlin Carnie Wilson Mariel Hemingway Candice Bergen Marg Helgenberger Lorna Luft Linda Bloodworth Thomason Anjelica Huston Ruby Dee Julianna Margulies Diahann Carroll Marianne Williamson Whoopi Goldberg Cokie Roberts Anne Rice Alice Hoffman Kathy Smith

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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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ISBN-13:
9781458772220
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant, LLC
Publication date:
05/12/2010
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.55(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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Lives Our Mothers Leave Us 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
twoextended More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read for myself as a daughter, and a joy to share with a wonderful mother, three sisters and three nieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jpainter More than 1 year ago
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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