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Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life, giving voice to the universal unarticulated truth that we are grateful not to be our mothers

In Not Becoming My Mother, bestselling author Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

Growing up in Cleveland, Miriam Brudno dreamed of becoming a doctor, like her father. But when she announced this, her parents said, "You're no beauty, and it's too bad you're such an intellectual. But if you become a doctor, no man will ever marry you." Instead, at twenty, Miriam opened a bookstore, a profession everyone agreed was suitably ladylike. She corresponded with authors all over the world, including philosophers such as Bertrand Russell, political figures such as Max Eastman, and novelists such as Christopher Marlowe. It was the happiest time of her life.

Nearly thirty when she finally married, she fulfilled expectations, settled down, left her bookstore behind, and started a family. But conformity came at a tremendous cost. With labor-saving devices to aid in household chores, there was simply not enough to do to fill the days. Miriam — and most of her friends — were smart, educated women who were often bored, miserable, and silently rebellious.

On what would have been Miriam's one hundredth birthday Reichl opens up her mother's diaries for the first time and encounters a whole new woman. This is a person she had never known. In this intimate study Reichl comes to understand the lessons of rebellion, independence, and self-acceptance that her mother — though unable to guide herself — succeeded in teaching her daughter.

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"The slender size of Reichl's memoir of her late mother's life belies its powerful tale of a young woman, Miriam Brudno, who bowed to societal and familial pressure to become a wife and a mother over pursuing a fulfilling career. While Reichl, editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, is well known for writing about her culinary adventures (Tender at the Bone; Garlic and Sapphires), this beautifully crafted homage follows a more personal path as she pushes past 'Mim Tales' — stories she told about her mother to entertain her readers and friends — to dive deep into her mother's diaries and letters, paying tribute to a woman who was raised when 'good women didn't work if they didn't have to.' So Miriam Brudno struggled to fit the mold of the perfect housewife, until she finally told a friend, 'Who cares about menus... when there are so many more interesting things to think about?' When Reichl discovers an unopened letter to herself, she reads that her mother 'was cheering me on and pointing out that I had an obligation, both to myself and to her, to use my life well.' Reichl has created a masterful portrait of a mother-daughter relationship that will resonate with readers across generations." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Ruth Reichl opened her first memoir, "Tender at the Bone," with a story about her late mother serving moldy food to guests at her brother's engagement party, a move that sent a couple dozen people to the hospital. Similar tales of her bipolar mother's bizarre forays animate Reichl's two other memoirs, "Comfort Me With Apples" (2001) and "Garlic and Sapphires" (2005). Miriam Reichl emerges from these... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Bestselling author Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew.

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Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women

A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

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Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and the author of the bestsellers Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples. She has been the restaurant critic at the New York Times and the food editor at the Los Angeles Times.

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dutchessabroad, February 25, 2010 (view all comments by dutchessabroad)
An honest memoir in which the author admits with one startling sentence toward the end of the book, how she and her brother missed out on the truly joyful and enjoyable person her mother became in her old age, because they were unable to see her as anything else but sad old Mom. A sullen warning for adult children to open their eyes to the transformation from parent to human being.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594202162
Subtitle:
and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
Author:
Reichl, Ruth
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Women food writers
Subject:
Women food writers - United States
Subject:
Reichl, Ruth
Subject:
Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20090421
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.44x5.24x.68 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 144 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594202162 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The slender size of Reichl's memoir of her late mother's life belies its powerful tale of a young woman, Miriam Brudno, who bowed to societal and familial pressure to become a wife and a mother over pursuing a fulfilling career. While Reichl, editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, is well known for writing about her culinary adventures (Tender at the Bone; Garlic and Sapphires), this beautifully crafted homage follows a more personal path as she pushes past 'Mim Tales' — stories she told about her mother to entertain her readers and friends — to dive deep into her mother's diaries and letters, paying tribute to a woman who was raised when 'good women didn't work if they didn't have to.' So Miriam Brudno struggled to fit the mold of the perfect housewife, until she finally told a friend, 'Who cares about menus... when there are so many more interesting things to think about?' When Reichl discovers an unopened letter to herself, she reads that her mother 'was cheering me on and pointing out that I had an obligation, both to myself and to her, to use my life well.' Reichl has created a masterful portrait of a mother-daughter relationship that will resonate with readers across generations." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew.
"Synopsis" by ,

Unabridged CDs, 2 CDs, 2 hours

Read by the author

Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life, giving voice to the universal unarticulated truth that we are grateful not to be our mothers.

"Synopsis" by ,
#LINK<>#
Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women

A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

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