Her Mother's Daughter

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Her Mother's Daughter

Her Mother's Daughter

  • Author: Linda Carroll
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781439246887
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 318
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As an adopted child, Linda Carroll created a magical world of her own, made up of dramatic adventures and the abiding fantasy that her real mother would come and take her away. When she finds herself pregnant at the age of eighteen, she is determined to have the perfect understanding with her child that she lacked with her adoptive mother. But readers will know better, for that baby grows up to be Courtney Love-desperately attention-seeking, deeply troubled and one of the most talented women in rock.Even as a baby Courtney is beset by mood swings that no doctor can explain or cure. Her dark moods and paranoia escalate as she grows up, driving her away from her family. When Courtney has a daughter of her own Linda decides to find her own biological mother and end the estrangement of generations of first-born daughters.Her Mother's Daughter is Linda Carroll's story of self-discovery as an adopted daughter, a childlike hippie mother, and a woman determined to find herself before finding her roots. Set apart from the typical celebrity memoir by Carroll's gifted storytelling and psychological insight, Her Mother's Daughter gives a fresh perspective on the elusive yet enduring connections between mothers and daughters, and reveals the true history of the wildly confabulatory Courtney Love.

My Mother's Daughter

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My Mother's Daughter

My Mother's Daughter

A Memoir

  • Author: Rona Maynard
  • Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books
  • ISBN: 0771057016
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 252
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Personal memories of the sort herChatelainereaders adored — a remarkable life story seen through the window of her relationship with her mother. Every woman’s relationship with her mother is special. Yet everyone will recognize some parts of another woman’s story, especially if it is told as honestly and as sensitively as Rona Maynard tells it here. As a little girl, Maynard soon came to see that her family was not an ordinary one. Her father, Max, was an artist and an alcoholic. Her mother was Fredelle Maynard, a brilliant academic who could not get a teaching job because she was a woman. Instead she became a writer — the author ofRaisins and Almonds— and, above all, a driving, loving, ambitious, overpowering mother. In her shadow (and that of younger sister Joyce, who went off at eighteen to live with J.D. Salinger) Rona took time to blossom as a writer and editor in Toronto. This book takes us through her career, step by step, including the miseries of being accused by her son’s teachers — and her own mother — of being a bad mother, overly concerned with her own career. Rona’s strong, direct style will ring true for every working woman. Through the magic of her writing, she gives a clear-eyed and affectionate account of her relationship with a demanding, loving mother. I said to my father, "You don’t live here any more. This is Mother’s house, not yours. It’s time for you to go." My father cursed me. He shook his fist. Then he left and never came back. —FromMy Mother’s Daughter

Her Mother's Daughter

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Her Mother's Daughter

Her Mother's Daughter

A Memoir

  • Author: Nadia Wheatley
  • Publisher: Text Publishing
  • ISBN: 1925603490
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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• A deeply moving story about Nadia Wheatley's brave and independent mother, Nina Watkin, who died when Nadia was nine years old. And a lament for the suffering she endured towards the end of her life at the hands of her husband, a respected doctor with a secret life • Beloved for her iconic children’s books and biographies, Nadia Wheatley has won numerous awards including the Age Book of the Year, non-fiction for The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift • From the highs of Nina's fulfilling and exciting life as an army nurse and aid worker to the despair of her lonely marriage and untimely death, Her Mother’s Daughter is a multi-layered memoir that provides a portrait of a patriarchal marriage in the 1950s, a lively and fascinating social history of the times and an investigation into the bewildering processes of memory itself • For readers of Kate Grenville’s One Life and Bloodhound by Ramona Koval • Nadia Wheatley lives in Sydney

My Mother's Daughter

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My Mother's Daughter

My Mother's Daughter

A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph

  • Author: Perdita Felicien
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • ISBN: 0385689977
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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"A phenomenal, human story. . . . I could not put this book down." —CLARA HUGHES A raw and affecting memoir about a mother and daughter who beat the odds together. Decades before Perdita Felicien became a World Champion hurdler running the biggest race of her life at the 2004 Olympics, she carried more than a nation's hopes—she carried her mother Catherine's dreams. In 1974, Catherine is determined and tenacious, but she's also pregnant with her second child and just scraping by in St. Lucia. When she meets a wealthy white Canadian family vacationing on the island, she knows it's her chance. They ask her to come to Canada to be their nanny—and she accepts. This was the beginning of Catherine's new life: a life of opportunity, but also suffering. Within a few years, she would find herself pregnant a third time—this time in her new country with no family to support her, and this time, with Perdita. Together, in the years to come, mother and daughter would experience racism, domestic abuse, and even homelessness, but Catherine's will would always pull them through. As Perdita grew and began to discover her preternatural athletic gifts, she was edged onward by her mother's love, grit, and faith. Facing literal and figurative hurdles, she learned to leap and pick herself back up when she stumbled. This book is a daughter's memoir—a book about the power of a parent's love to transform their child's life.

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

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Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

A Memoir

  • Author: Melissa Francis
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1602861757
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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The Glass Castle meets The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in this dazzlingly honest and provocative family memoir by former child actress and current Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis. When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world's most famous primetime soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Despite her age, she was already a veteran actress, living a charmed life, moving from one Hollywood set to the next. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother, as fame and a mother's ambition pushed her older sister deeper into the shadows. Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter is a fascinating account of life as a child star in the 1980's, and also a startling tale of a family under the care of a highly neurotic, dangerously competitive "tiger mother." But perhaps most importantly, now that Melissa has two sons of her own, it's a meditation on motherhood, and the value of pushing your children: how hard should you push a child to succeed, and at what point does your help turn into harm?

American Daughter

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American Daughter

American Daughter

A Memoir of Intergenerational Trauma, a Mother's Dark Secrets, and a Daughter's Quest for Redemption

  • Author: STEPHANIE. PLYMALE
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781632992529
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 296
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"American Daughter-in the tradition of classics like The Glass Castle, LA Diaries and White Oleander-explores in unsparing details the complex interplay between intimate family ties, generational abuse and cataclysmic losses." - Gina Frangello, Author of 'Every Kind of Wanting' and 'A Life in Men' Editor of The Coachella Review For 50 years, Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse. Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. ​American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.

The Space Between

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The Space Between

The Space Between

A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life

  • Author: Virginia A. Simpson
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • ISBN: 1631520504
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
  • View: 4915
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2015-2016 Sarton Story Circle: Memoir Winner 2016-2017 Readers Views Award: Memoir/Autobiography/Biography Winner, West Pacific Regional Winner 2017 Independent Press Award: Relationships Winner 2017 Northern California Publishers and Authors Second Place in Book Cover 2017 Northern California Publishers and Authors Second Place in Memoir 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Award Bronze Winner 2017 International Book Awards: Autobiography/Memoir Finalist 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards: Memoir Finalist As a bereavement care specialist, Dr. Virginia Simpson has devoted her career to counseling individuals and families grappling with illness, death, and grieving. But when her own mother, Ruth, is diagnosed in 1999 with a life-threatening condition, Virginia is caught off guard by the storm of emotions she experiences when she is forced to inhabit the role of caregiver. In a quest to provide her mother with the best care possible, Virginia arranges for Ruth to move in with her—and for the next six years, she cares for her, juggling her mother’s doctor’s appointments, meals, medication schedules, transportation needs, and often cranky moods with her own busy schedule. In The Space Between, Simpson takes readers along for the journey as she struggles to bridge the invisible, often prickly space that sits between so many mothers and daughters, and to give voice to the challenges, emotions, and thoughts many caregivers experience but are too ashamed to admit. Touching and vividly human, The Space Between reminds us all that without accepting the inevitability of death and looking ahead to it with clarity, life cannot be fully lived.

All About My Mother

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All About My Mother

All About My Mother

A Beloved Daughter's Memoir

  • Author: J. S. Quinn
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
  • ISBN: 1631355961
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 66
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All About My Mother: A Beloved Daughter’s Memoir is the intriguing story of J.S. Quinn, who died in 1997, 25 days before her 19th birthday. This memoir was written by her mother to show that a child’s love can survive death, and it also shows the promise of a life barely begun. Since she passed, J.S. has been witnessing her mother's grieving, right up to the present day. She tells the strategies her mother uses to help cope, including reading, writing, and listening to music. J.S.’s mother was abandoned as a baby in 1946 at a Catholic orphanage in England. J.S. relates the childhood she spent with her three brothers and her single mother, who is of mixed heritage. In the early years, her mother worked three jobs, but still had time to keep her four children busy with activities while pursuing her education to become a teacher. J.S.’s death at 18 took a deep toll on her brothers and her mother, a British teacher currently living in Thailand, who cites her grieving process and why she wrote the book. “It is really an accumulation of short stories, the first of which I wrote in March 2006 as an account of my daughter's last flashes of her life as she was dying. It lifted the gloom on nine years of aching grief. I have had such a blessed life, even with the loss of my daughter. The only obstacle was trying to stay true to my daughter's sentiments and voice.”

Love Is All That Makes Sense

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Love Is All That Makes Sense

Love Is All That Makes Sense

A Mother Daughter Memoir

  • Author: Sakeena Francis,Anika Francis
  • Publisher: Bridgeross Communications
  • ISBN: 1927637007
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 260
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Sakeenah Francis describes her life as a Cinderella story in reverse. She grew up in a well-respected, middle-class African American family. She went to college, was homecoming queen, married, began a career and had children. Then, schizophrenia struck and she lost everything. She went from homecoming queen to being homeless and institutionalized. Sakeenah Francis tells her daughter about her darkest moments of living with schizophrenia in a series of letters that chronicle the first time she heard voices in her head, her hospitalizations, her struggle to parent, and her arduous path to long-term recovery. Both shaken and moved by her mother's revealing letters, Anika faces the haunting effects her mother's mental illness had on her. After years of keeping the secret about her mother's illness, Anika breaks her silence voicing what it was like to grow up with a mother with a severe mental illness.She describes the emotional roller coaster created by her mother's bouts of recovery and how this impacted her well into adulthood. Though Sakeenah lost many bouts in her early struggles with schizophrenia, she kept striving. Through it all, there was love which at times was the only thing that made sense to Sakeenah and Anika. Love gave them the strength and resilience to heal and piece together that which schizophrenia had torn apart in our lives. This sobering story carries a message of hope that will be inspiring to people affected by a severe mental illness and the web of people connected to them.

The Daughter Who Sold Her Mother

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The Daughter Who Sold Her Mother

The Daughter Who Sold Her Mother

A Biographical Memoir

  • Author: Irena Powell
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781504944366
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 642
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This is the story of my mother's life, woven from fragments of her memories as she told them to me over the years. Hers was a life caught in the turbulent currents of the twentieth century in which Communism, Zionism, Fascism and anti-Semitism all played their part. It was a life scarred deeply by the Second World War. This book stems from a desire to reassure her that her experiences as a young Jewish mother fighting to save the life of her new-born infant (myself) in Nazi-occupied Poland will not be forgotten. Mother's story, told and filtered through her daughter's eyes, inevitably becomes the daughter's story as well, particularly in the final, post-war section of the book when the daughter is no longer just a listener but a participant in the events described here. For her the writing of this book opened a way to explore the complex legacy of 'the second generation', of being born to parents who were Holocaust survivors.