My Mother, My Self: The Daughter's Search for Identity

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This pioneering book by the author of Women on Top plays a major role in our understanding of the powerful influence the mother/daughter bond has on a woman's identity, her relationships with men, and her self-esteem. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Nancy Friday investigates this feminine legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love that daughters hold for their mothers.

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Overview

This pioneering book by the author of Women on Top plays a major role in our understanding of the powerful influence the mother/daughter bond has on a woman's identity, her relationships with men, and her self-esteem. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Nancy Friday investigates this feminine legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love that daughters hold for their mothers.

Dell celebrates the l0th anniversary of this groundbreaking bestseller (3 million now in print) just in time for Mother's Day. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a landmark study, " My Mother/My Self explores a daughter's search for her own identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440156642
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.73 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Friday established herself as a magazine journalist in New York, England, Italy and France before turning to writing full time and publishing her first book, My Secret Garden, in 1973, which became a bestseller; Friday has regularly returned to the interview format in her subsequent books on themes ranging from mothers and daughters to sexual fantasies, relationships, jealousy, envy, feminism and beauty.

Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unrepresentative of many women's true inner lives, and that openness about women's hidden lives could help free women to truly feel able to enjoy being themselves. She asserts that this is not due to deliberate malice, but due to social expectation, and that for women's and men's benefit alike it is healthier that both be able to be equally open, participatory and free to be accepted for who and what they are.

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Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgments
Introduction to My Mother/My Self
Ch. 1 Mother Love 1
Ch. 2 A Time to Be Close 27
Ch. 3 A Time to Let Go 62
Ch. 4 Body Image and Menstruation 92
Ch. 5 Competition 132
Ch. 6 The Other Girls 171
Ch. 7 Surrogates and Models 192
Ch. 8 Men the Mystery 228
Ch. 9 The Loss of Virginity 254
Ch. 10 The Single Years 294
Ch. 11 Marriage: The Return to Symbiosis 337
Ch. 12 A Mother Dies. A Daughter is Born the Cycle Repeats 378
Notes 414
Bibliography 421
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    all baby girls should receive this book at birth as required reading when they are teenagers.

    Read it my self as adult just ordered one for my 17 year old granddaughter. She loves it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Great book thanks Nancy!

    I read this book many years ago! Great for all women and their mothers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Mother of 3 daughters

    This book gave me some solid reminders to not repeat the same patterns with my own daughters. I thought the book was interesting.

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