My Mother My Self

Author: Nancy Friday
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780307763730
Release Date: 2010-09-01
Genre: Self-Help

When Nancy Friday began her research for My Mother/My Self in the early 1970’s no work existed that explored the unique interaction between mother and daughter. Today psychotherapists throughout the world acknowledge that if women are to be able to love without possessing, to find work that fulfills them, and to discover their full sexuality, they must first acknowledge their identity as separate from their mother’s. Nancy Friday’s book played a major role in that acceptance. The greatest gift a good mother can give remains unquestioning love planted deep in the first year of life, so deep and anassailable that the tiny child grown to womanhood is never held back by the fear of losing that love, no matter what her own choice in love, sexuality, or work may be. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Friday investigates a generational legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love the daughter’s hold for their mothers–and why they so often “become” that mother themselves. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Am I My Mother s Daughter

Author: Julie Stern Joseph
Publisher: Devora Publishing
ISBN: 1932687300
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Family & Relationships

Are we fated to follow in our parents' footsteps? Is what we experienced at home as children automatically transposed by us onto our own children? When do you break the chain? How do you stop personal history from repeating? These are just some of the questions the author tries to answer as she confronts the cancer that killed her mother in much the same way it threatens to kill her. But this is a book of therapy as well. We follow Julie, her husband and children through their journey into fear of the unknown, through diagnosis and missed diagnosis, through successful and not-so-successful operations. We watch her reaction to those miracle medicines that can destroy the patient even as they help cure her disease, and we see how alternative medicines and their practitioners touch her soul while helping her in her fight to reclaim her body.

When You and Your Mother Can t Be Friends

Author: Victoria Secunda
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780307431301
Release Date: 2009-11-04
Genre: Psychology

This, the first book ever to say that mother is not always a girl's best friend, is based on a landmark study of the mother-daughter relationships. Secunda offers breakthrough advice on understanding, and improving, what could be a woman's most critical relationship.

After the Eclipse

Author: Sarah Perry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544302655
Release Date: 2017
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

A searing memoir of the author's efforts to understand her late mother's life and murder describes the traumatic loss of her mother in childhood, the 12-year manhunt for the killer and the author's investigations into her mother's past in the dark corners of a small Maine community.

Ties that Bind

Author: Kristin Armstrong
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 9781455529001
Release Date: 2013-11-05
Genre: Religion

"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." --Ecclesiastes 4:12 A mother and daughter relationship is one of the most important and defining relationships in life. Just like when we braid our daughter's hair, as we raise our girls we weave three strands together: our faith and their faith, together with God's love. If we can do this well, the cord is not easily broken. In this weekly devotional there are common themes supported by scripture, with one reading specifically for mothers, the other for daughters. Each week is intended to generate connection and conversation, with questions included to spark discussion. Topics include: Gossip Body Image Forgiveness Contentment Relationships Purity Comparison Perfection Healthy Friendships and many more! This year long journey together will deepen your faith, and your relationship in addition to offering introspection and personal growth for women of every age.

When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter

Author: Cindi McMenamin
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736954549
Release Date: 2013-09-01
Genre: Religion

During the teen years, a mother-daughter relationship can be challenging. A daughter needs her mom?s support as a confidante and gentle guide?yet at the same time, she yearns for greater independence and wants to be her own person. How can a mother maintain the right balance on this high-wire tightrope walk? When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter is filled with biblical instruction and personal stories that reveal what works and doesn?t work when it comes to building the mother-daughter relationship. Every mom will find tremendous encouragement as she learns to?know what her daughter needs; take an interest in her daughter?s world; choose her battles well; encourage her daughter to dream; affirm her daughter?s womanhood; and become her daughter?s best friend. A wonderful resource for moms who want to bring delight and blessing into this most important of relationships!

Far From the Tree

Author: Andrew Solomon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476773063
Release Date: 2014-09-16
Genre: Family & Relationships

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.

Finding Zoe

Author: Brandi Rarus
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781940363455
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother’s prayers? Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing. In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years. Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing. She didn’t know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life. Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.

Will I Ever be Good Enough

Author: Karyl McBride
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416551324
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Family & Relationships

A resource for daughters of mothers with narcissistic personality disorder explains how to manage feelings of inadequacy and abandonment in the face of inappropriate maternal expectations and conditional love, in a step-by-step guide that shares recommendations for creating a personalized program for self-protection and recovery. 50,000 first printing.

Where She Came From

Author: Helen Epstein
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub
ISBN: 0841914443
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

After the death of her mother, Epstein decided to uncover her mother's past to learn more about her ancestors who were victims of the holocaust. This is a memoir of a central European Jewish family and three generations of remarkable women.

Black Lotus

Author: Sil Lai Abrams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451688481
Release Date: 2016-08-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A unique and exquisitely wrought story of one multiracial woman’s journey to discover and embrace herself in a family that sought to deny her black heritage, Sil Lai Abrams shares her story in Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity—an account that will undoubtedly ignite conversation on race, racial identity, and the human experience. Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams was born to a Chinese immigrant mother and a white American father. Out of her family, Sil Lai was the only one with a tousle of wild curls and brown skin. When she asked about her darker complexion, she was given vague answers. At fourteen, the man she knew her entire life as her birth-father divulged that Abrams was not his biological child, but instead the daughter of a man of African descent who didn’t know she existed. This shocking news sparked a quest for healing that would take her down the painful road to reclaim her identity despite the overt racism in her community and her own internalized racism and self-hatred. Abrams struggled with depression, abuse, and an addiction that nearly destroyed her. But eventually she would leave behind the shame over her birthright and move toward a celebration of her blackness. In Black Lotus, Abrams takes you on her odyssey filled with extreme highs and lows and the complexities of not only the black experience, but also the human one. This vivid story reexamines everything you think you know about racial identity while affirming the ability of the human spirit to triumph over tragedy. Ultimately, Black Lotus shines a light on the transformative power of truth and self-acceptance, and the importance of defining your personal identity on your own terms.

Are You My Mother

Author: Alison Bechdel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547524368
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Secret Daughter

Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062266675
Release Date: 2012-11-06
Genre: Fiction

Somer’s life is everything sheimagined it would be—she’snewly married and has startedher career as a physician in SanFrancisco—until she makes the devastatingdiscovery she never will beable to have children. The same year in India, a poormother makes the heartbreakingchoice to save her newborn daughter’slife by giving her away. It is adecision that will haunt Kavita forthe rest of her life, and cause aripple effect that travels across theworld and back again. Asha, adopted out of a Mumbaiorphanage, is the child that bindsthe destinies of these two women. Wefollow both families, invisibly connecteduntil Asha’s journey of self-discoveryleads her back to India. Compulsively readable anddeeply touching, Secret Daughter isa story of the unforeseen ways inwhich our choices and families affectour lives, and the indelible power oflove in all its many forms.

The Joy Luck Club

Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101502738
Release Date: 2006-09-21
Genre: Fiction

This widely acclaimed bestseller spans two countries and two generations, following a group of Chinese women who meet to play mah jong, invest money and tell the secret stories of their lives. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.