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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Heart’s Desire
The Missing Photograph
Mess Up Your Mind
My Disquieting Muse
The Unicorn Princess
White Christmas
My Mother’s Armor
Three-Hour Tour
The Circle Line
The Gift Twice Given
The Last Happy Day of Her Life
Never Too Late
The Broken Vase
The Wok
How They Do It in France
White Gloves and Party Manners
Her Favorite Neutral
Right at My Fingertips
Midnight Typing
Julia’s Child
The Deal
The Plant Whisperer
Wait Till You See What I Found for You
Truths in a Ring
Finding the Love Child
Betrayal
The Silver in the Salt Air
She Gave Me the World
Then There Must Be a Story
Acknowledgments
Contributors
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What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

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   In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.
  

   Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother’s love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship.
  

   Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter’s religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother’s gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women.
  

   Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, “whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most.

   In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.
  

   Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother’s love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship.
  

   Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter’s religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother’s gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women.
  

   Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, “whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most.

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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
In this moving collection edited by novelist Benedict (Almost), 31 notable women, including award-winning poets and novelists, examine their relationships with their mothers. Some celebrate the relationship, as with Cecilia Munoz in "The Wok." Others seek to understand why their experience was not the stuff of fairy tales, as with Sheila Kohler's "Love Child." Others celebrate the quirkiness of their mothers, as with Elinor Lipman's charming essay, "Julia's Child," about her mother's extreme dislike of condiments. Lisa See writes movingly of following in her mother's footsteps as a writer in "A Thousand Words a Day and One Charming Note," while Charlotte Silver revels in her exuberant mother's ability to use fashion as personal expression in "Her Favorite Neutral." And sadly, others seek to overcome the pain of loss, as in Judith Hillman Paterson's "The Gift Twice Given," Joyce Carol Oates's "Quilts," and Karen Karbo's "White Gloves and Party Manners." Each essay is beautifully crafted, and editor Benedict provides the perfect balance of emotions. For anyone trying to understand mother-daughter relationships, this collection provides the answer. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-01-07, Publishers Weekly
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Many of the shared stories in this book are written by upper-middle class Jewish women writers. Relationships between daughters and mothers who owned Manolo slingbacks, shopped at high-end New York stores, and traveled abroad were difficult for me to relate to, since none of the above applied to me, or my mother and our relationship. But, I continued reading to the end.Several times it felt that some of the daughters used a handed down object as a basis to make up a story, and were masking their true long term relationships with their mothers, in order to give a positive "gift" story to the author. In fact, one of the few contributors to the book to admit her relationship with her mother, was not one that typified the standard mother/daughter closeness that comes at the end, was the author. Her gift brought back memories of her mother, and allowed her to come to terms with her feelings for her mother, but she did not turn her story into one of a fictionalized relationship shared by each. In conclusion, there were a few stories that stood out as heartfelt and sincere and I think my favorite was "Quilts" by Joyce Carol Oats. It's quite short, but somehow without going into great detail, it tells in a few pages of how dear her relationship was with her mother. So maybe it was her relationship with her mother, or maybe it was just her writing style that spoke more to me than the other stories. I don't know, but I think it was more of what I was expecting from this book than what I found in the other stories. I think most, if not all of these stories would be read and enjoyed singularly- as short stories in a magazine-but to compile so many in one place seemed to make them monotonous.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
In this moving collection edited by novelist Benedict (Almost), 31 notable women, including award-winning poets and novelists, examine their relationships with their mothers. Some celebrate the relationship, as with Cecilia Munoz in "The Wok." Others seek to understand why their experience was not the stuff of fairy tales, as with Sheila Kohler's "Love Child." Others celebrate the quirkiness of their mothers, as with Elinor Lipman's charming essay, "Julia's Child," about her mother's extreme dislike of condiments. Lisa See writes movingly of following in her mother's footsteps as a writer in "A Thousand Words a Day and One Charming Note," while Charlotte Silver revels in her exuberant mother's ability to use fashion as personal expression in "Her Favorite Neutral." And sadly, others seek to overcome the pain of loss, as in Judith Hillman Paterson's "The Gift Twice Given," Joyce Carol Oates's "Quilts," and Karen Karbo's "White Gloves and Party Manners." Each essay is beautifully crafted, and editor Benedict provides the perfect balance of emotions. For anyone trying to understand mother-daughter relationships, this collection provides the answer. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-01-07, Publishers Weekly
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