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What My Mother Gave Me

Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most
(Book - 2013 )
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In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter's story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists. Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother's love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship. Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter's religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother's gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women. Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, "whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most.
Title: What my mother gave me
thirty-one women on the gifts that mattered most
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xii, 289 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Introduction
Heart's desire / Roxana Robinson
The missing photograph / Caroline Leavitt
Mess up your mind / Maud Newton
My disquieting muse / Jean Hanff Korelitz
The unicorn princess / Katha Pollitt
White christmas / Ann Hood
My mother's armor / Margo Jefferson
Three-hour tour / Emma Straub
The circle line / Mary Gordon
The gift twice given / Judith Hillman Paterson
The last happy day of her life / Cheryl Pearl Sucher
Never too late / Abigail Pogrebin
The broken vase / Reverand Lillian Daniel
The wok / Cecilia Muñoz
How they do it in France / Elissa Schappell
White gloves and party manners / Karen Karbo
Her favorite neutral / Charlotte Silver
Right at my fingertips / Rita Dove
Midnight typing / Luanne Rice
Julia's child / Elinor Lipman
The deal / Martha McPhee
The plant whisperer / Dahlia Lithwick
Wait till you see what I found for you / Mameve Medwed
Truths in a ring / Susan Stamberg
Quilts / Joyce Carol Oates
Find the love child / Sheila Kohler
Betrayal / Marge Piercy
The silver in the salt air / Eleanor Clift
She gave me the world / Mary Morris
A thousand words a day and one charming note / Lisa See
Then there must be a story / Elizabeth Benedict.
Additional Contributors: Benedict, Elizabeth
ISBN: 1616201355
9781616201357
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Elizabeth Benedict
Subject Headings: Gifts Social aspects. Parent and adult child. Mothers and daughters.
Topical Term: Gifts
Parent and adult child.
Mothers and daughters.
LCCN: 2012040939
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