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Mother of My Mother: The Intimate Bond between Generationsby Hope Edelman
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In her acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller, Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelman explored the profound and lasting effects of mother loss, as well as her own search forhealing. Now, in her compelling new work, Edelman explores another complex, life-changing relationship, the intricate bond between generations.
Drawing from her own experience and therecollections of over seventy other granddaughters, Edelman explores the three-generation triangle from which women develop their female identities: the grandmother-mother-daughter relationship. With eloquent personaltestimony, she demonstrates the vital roles grandmothers have played in their granddaughters' lives, as a source of unconditional love, family values and traditions, and backup parent, the ultimate safety net.
Here are grandmothers in all their glory: The "Benevolent Manipulator," whose love for her family is matched only by her desire for control; The "Gentle Giant," awesome, respected, who possesses aquiet, behind-the-scenes power; The "Autocrat," who rules her extended family like a despot; The "Kinkeeper," the family hub, who offers a sense of cohesion to the extended clan.
With insight andcompassion, Edelman probes this unique and emotionally-charged relationship in a book that is a true celebration of an extraordinary bond--and a must read for every woman.
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With its broad range of current and bestselling nonfiction titles — including biography, history, essays, humor, politics, popular science and memoirs — this series fills the need for books that appeal to men. Occasionally there are also travel, self-help, and health guides geared to today's mature reader.
In her bestselling Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelman articulated with stunning courage and honesty the effects of early mother loss on women. In this new book — part memoir, part reportage — she brilliantly explores the three-generational triangle from which women develop their female identities. Viewing the mother-daughter relationship as both a derivative and response to the generation that preceded it, Edelman looks backward to the roots of relationships our mothers had with their mothers to more fully understand how we relate to our mothers.
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