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Show Me the Way: A Memoir in Stories

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Publisher Comments:

Carl Jung said, "Children are driven, unconsciously, in a direction that is intended to compensate for everything that was left unfulfilled in the life of their parents." It is this very statement that haunts Jennifer Lauck, and inspires Show Me the Way, a marvelous book of honest, funny, and touching stories from the trenches of motherhood.

Having lost both of her parents at an early age, Jennifer Lauck, acclaimed author of the memoir Blackbird, as well as its follow-up, Still Waters, has in Show Me the Way come to terms with her past in order to move forward as a mother to her own children.

A luminous writer who is always observing, whose self-examination is frank, poignant, and never cloying, Lauck's stories touch upon themes common to so many of her readers: labor, delivery, and the physical details of giving birth; the decision to have a second child; the struggle to maintain independence against the pull of motherhood; the tenuous work/life balancing act; the gossamer threads holding family together; the soul-defining nature of caring for children; and the ultimate surrender of finally "getting it."

Illustrating the author's wonderful insight, irreverence, and core of inner strength, Show Me the Way is a book for all mothers, and a rewarding conclusion for fans of Jennifer Lauck.

Review:

"Lauck tells of her struggle to raise her children and come to terms with the circumstances of her own harrowing upbringing in short, captivating stories alternating between past and present. This is Lauck's third book, and it focuses less on her past than did Blackbird and its follow-up, Still Waters. The author recaps her life in snippets related to her present status as a wife and mother of two children. Her childhood was hard, to say the least: her mother died when she was seven, her father when she was nine, and her brother committed suicide in her first year of college; yet she's levelheaded and conscientious about the way her past will play out in relation to raising children. At one point she describes her labor — 'A deep pain digs at my back and catches my breath. I want to keep looking back, but I can't anymore' — essentially summing up her theory that it's important not to endow children with parental history. Lauck is not self-indulgent and does not invoke pity; she does, however, command respect and provide inspiration as she honestly continues to teach herself how to be a mother, all the while fighting to listen to intuition. Through this exploration of motherhood, she ends up teaching readers something about raising children, keeping in mind that no matter how hard a parent tries to prevent it, a child is inevitably affected by his or her parents' past. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (On sale Apr. 6) Forecast: Lauck has received media coverage not only for her acclaimed memoirs but also because of her relatives' claim that Blackbird distorted the truth about her childhood. Whether or not this new book will stir up controversy is uncertain, but it's bound to be a strong seller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Starting at the very beginning with the elementary question, "Are you going to have kids?," this is both a universal story of motherhood and the search for fulfillment and a memoir of one woman's personal growth throughout parenthood.

Synopsis:

Carl Jung said, "children are driven, unconsciously, in a direction that is intended to compensate for everything that was left unfulfilled in the life of their parents." It is this very statement that haunts bestselling author Jennifer Lauck and inspired her to write "Show Me the Way, a rich tapestry of honest, anecdotal, and touching stories from the trenches of motherhood. Having lost both of her parents at an early age, Jennifer Lauck, acclaimed author of the memoir "Blackbird, as well as its follow-up, "Still Waters, has to come to terms with her past in order to move forward as a mother to her own children. Written in Lauck's poetic style and with great clarity, "Show Me the Way is frank, funny, and never cloying. Starting at the very beginning with the elementary question, "Are you going to have kids?" this is indeed both a universal story of motherhood and the search for fulfillment and a memoir of one woman's personal growth throughout parenthood.

About the Author

Jennifer Lauck is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blackbird and its sequel, Still Waters. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PART ONE: THE PAST

Show Me the Way

Never Say Never

Brothers and Sisters

Links

Naked Trees

PART TWO: THE PRESENT

Breast-feeding Rebel

Getting the Blues

What Haunts the Night

Child Abuse Awareness Week

On Drugs

PART THREE: THE FUTURE

The Orchid

The First Pancake

It Takes a Village

Bubbles

Life Is What Happens

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743476386
Subtitle:
A Memoir in Stories
Author:
Lauck, Jennifer
Publisher:
Atria
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Atria books hardcover ed.
Series Volume:
108-204
Publication Date:
20040406
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 13.264 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lauck tells of her struggle to raise her children and come to terms with the circumstances of her own harrowing upbringing in short, captivating stories alternating between past and present. This is Lauck's third book, and it focuses less on her past than did Blackbird and its follow-up, Still Waters. The author recaps her life in snippets related to her present status as a wife and mother of two children. Her childhood was hard, to say the least: her mother died when she was seven, her father when she was nine, and her brother committed suicide in her first year of college; yet she's levelheaded and conscientious about the way her past will play out in relation to raising children. At one point she describes her labor — 'A deep pain digs at my back and catches my breath. I want to keep looking back, but I can't anymore' — essentially summing up her theory that it's important not to endow children with parental history. Lauck is not self-indulgent and does not invoke pity; she does, however, command respect and provide inspiration as she honestly continues to teach herself how to be a mother, all the while fighting to listen to intuition. Through this exploration of motherhood, she ends up teaching readers something about raising children, keeping in mind that no matter how hard a parent tries to prevent it, a child is inevitably affected by his or her parents' past. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (On sale Apr. 6) Forecast: Lauck has received media coverage not only for her acclaimed memoirs but also because of her relatives' claim that Blackbird distorted the truth about her childhood. Whether or not this new book will stir up controversy is uncertain, but it's bound to be a strong seller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Starting at the very beginning with the elementary question, "Are you going to have kids?," this is both a universal story of motherhood and the search for fulfillment and a memoir of one woman's personal growth throughout parenthood.
"Synopsis" by , Carl Jung said, "children are driven, unconsciously, in a direction that is intended to compensate for everything that was left unfulfilled in the life of their parents." It is this very statement that haunts bestselling author Jennifer Lauck and inspired her to write "Show Me the Way, a rich tapestry of honest, anecdotal, and touching stories from the trenches of motherhood. Having lost both of her parents at an early age, Jennifer Lauck, acclaimed author of the memoir "Blackbird, as well as its follow-up, "Still Waters, has to come to terms with her past in order to move forward as a mother to her own children. Written in Lauck's poetic style and with great clarity, "Show Me the Way is frank, funny, and never cloying. Starting at the very beginning with the elementary question, "Are you going to have kids?" this is indeed both a universal story of motherhood and the search for fulfillment and a memoir of one woman's personal growth throughout parenthood.
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