When Adair Lara's daughter Morgan turned thirteen, she was transformed, seemingly overnight, from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager who would neither listen nor be disciplined. The author, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex?husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, all stepped on a five?year roller?coaster ride in which Morgan incarnated the chaos principle in torn jeans and dyed hair. Drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, failing and cheating at school, driving while drunk or in a stolen car?there was no variety of adolescent acting out that she didn't indulge in. For Adair Lara it became an endless sojourn at the end of her rope, a trial immensely complicated by the reappearance in her life of her aging father, a man who had abandoned his wife and seven children decades earlier. Inevitably, Morgan's misbehavior revives memories of her own head-strong adolescence, while her father's presence makes agonizingly real for her the consequences of giving up. Paradoxically, he also becomes the source of her best advice.
Hold Me Close, Let Me Go is an emotionally charged, often brutally honest memoir that will evoke shocks of recognition from all parents (and anyone who was ever a teenager). It imparts invaluable lessons about holding loved ones close through the roughest passages and about the power every family has to overcome the most grievous obstacles. Adair Lara is a clear?eyed and eloquent witness to the complex costs and rewards of motherhood, and her book will redefine for readers their idea of what being "a good enough mother" really means.
About the Author:
Adair Lara is an award?winning newspaper columnist whose column appears twice weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of five books, including Welcome to Earth, Mom, Slowing Down in a Speeded?Up World, and her latest, The Best of Adair Lora. Her articles and essays have appeared in Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, and other national publications. She lives in San Francisco; her daughter Morgan has just graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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About the Author
David Chadwick selected and edited the accounts that make up To Shine One Corner of the World, drawing on hundreds of interviews and notes amassed in the creation of his acclaimed biography of Suzuki, Crooked Cucumber, and from his ongoing oral history of Shunryu Suzuki. Chadwick himself began study with Suzuki Roshi in 1966 and was ordained by him in 1971. He is also the author of Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan.