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What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence ONE OF NPR S BEST BOOKS OFMost Anticipated Reads ofby Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and Elle Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worseAs an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather It took her than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write how this affected her relationship with her mother When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom In Cathi Hanauer s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn t interrupted by her domineering but lovable father Andr Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything As Filgate writes, Our mothers are our first homes, and that s why we re always trying to return to them There s relief in breaking the silence Acknowledging what we couldn t say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves Contributors include Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, Andr Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison



10 thoughts on “What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    These essays are varied in style and subject matter, but that is fitting since we all have different relationships with our mothers I really noticed the recurring theme of setting boundaries as adults, and the damaging power of denial and silence They made me very reflective for instance I realized the expectations I had for how my mother would change after my father s death were complet


  2. da AL da AL says:

    Enough with the Hallmark Cards and blah blah Mother s Day platitudes this superb collection of honest essays focuses on the real world complexity of being mothered and mothering, of being human Top notch contributors All the audiobook performers are marvelous.


  3. Vivek Tejuja Vivek Tejuja says:

    Relationships are complex Most relationships are not easy to navigate around I think the one we share with our parents is most difficult I have always had a problem expressing what I feel to my parents I think it just stemmed from the fact that we do not speak enough or try to make ourselves heard enough This has nothing to do with love not being there, or not being brought up in a healthy environ


  4. Emily B Emily B says:

    It didn t live up to my expectations, despite the essays being written by a variety of very interesting authors I appreciated the honesty and vulnerability of each writer however I felt like some of the essays didn t quite hit the brief, although they were interesting despite this.


  5. Lulu Lulu says:

    This was a heavy read Essays from celebrated authors about dysfunctional relationships with their mothers Keep your Kleenex handy.


  6. Claire Claire says:

    Varied in scope and focus, this collection of essays is the most real thing I ve read about the complexity of a relationship with a mother figure The personal essay is in fine form and I m here for it.


  7. Sivananthi T Sivananthi T says:

    14 writers share the complexity of their feelings and relationships with their mothers It seems mine is simultaneously all of it and none of it For most of our lives we see and experience our mothers through our lens, our views, of what is said and done to us And then the point begins with looking at our mothers as individuals in their own right, with stories of their own Many years are spent in that floundering betw


  8. Chantal Chantal says:

    Found this book disappointing I really had high hopes of liking it, but the overall writing not the subject matter of most of the stories of a lot of the stories is not great I wished the person that had put the book together had thought about that It is a shame, could have been a marvelous collection.


  9. Hillary Hillary says:

    This collection of essays is human, vulnerable, and at times cathartic It is uneven at times, but highlights unique literary voices and encourages self reflection and forgiveness.It is not really what I thought it would be and with so many voices, there were obviously some essays that stand out as higher quality, that resonatedwith me and made alasting impression I was pleasantly surprised to see the diversity in gender, ethni


  10. Meghan Meghan says:

    An essay collection chock full of talent and heart, from Alexander Chee to Kiese Laymon to Leslie Jamison Good stuff.


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