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I enjoyed this as a casual memoir. It is a cool idea for a mom and daughter to co-write the history of their relationship, and also to use the entries as a back and forth discussion of their two different perceptions of the same events. It felt lighthearted yet also significant to acknowledge the smallest details of their respective childhoods, work life, marriages and motherhood experiences.It was natural for the authors to do a piece like this, as they're both quite accomplished writers. It's
Very pleasntly surprised. I listened to the tape and it was smart, funny and very well read. Loved it. Would have been 5 stars except for a misguided section on knitting. Perri told of knitting a scarf for her daughter in great detail and that was fine, but then she did it again with her mother's vest. It was too much and took some of the good energy out of the book for me. She recovered nicely toward the end of the book, so 4 1/2 stars. Mother and daughter alternating chapters and it was wonder...
In THE RED TENT, Anita Diamante says "If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother's life - without flinching or whining - the stronger the daughter.” This quote could have been the epigraph to this book. AHHHHH mothers and daughters - give it all to me. The audiobook version is like a non-st...
Excellent read that brings to life the complexity of the relationship between mother & daughter. With differing viewpoints; differing memories of the same events; at times seeing eye to eye and at other times agreeing to disagree - mother and daughter express their own perspective, keeping their relationship, love, and respect for one another remaining intact. Thank you for sharing!
I din't like this book. It was very ordinary.
Pleasant. I received this as a gift, from my mother, many years ago. I don’t know if she read it herself and I wish I could ask her so we could discuss it.
Just horrible. I thought it would be at least a little funny. NOT. The mother was a terrible narrator with an annoying voice that she tried to vary according to the emotion. Don't waste your time.
I quite enjoyed this book written by a mother/daughter pair. The chapters alternated & you really could picture them working on the chapters. The mother is a college professor in NYC who is partially blind but navigates the NYC subways. The daughter is Perri Klass, pediatrician & early literacy advocate - she is a lover of taxis and hotel rooms. You could feel the love & admiration they share....
First thing about my review: I haven't tried the recipes yet! How many examples are there in literature where a real mother and her daughter have a genuine, deep dialogue? I can't think of many others either. So this book is a good find simply for that reason. Add to it the smooth writing. But any reader will know of many mother-daughter relations that are troubled, or worse, and this book doesn't shed much light on those darker, maybe more common, relationships.
Loved this!!! I laughed cried and RELATED. Strangely I found myself most drawn to Sheila, mother of an older generation. The two authors bounce back and forth in a heartwarming exchange of feeling and philosophy. An honest, in-your-face and always loving look at why we are the mamas and daughters that we are. I highly recommend this book.
This is a very personal account written by both the mother and the daughter about their relationship and the events they shared or learned from family lore. While the stories are unique to them the themesd and issues are universal. It will make you think, laugh, cry.
Read this years ago and loved it! Great life chronicle of a relationship between a mother and her daughter and how those lessons were transferred to the daughter's children. Don't have any children, but thought this offered some really good lessons for when I do.
I really liked this book - not a story exactly, but many vignettes from the perspective of mother and daughter. I related to Perri, because she is a pediatrician balancing career and children, BUT I LOVED her mother's writing style. Especially liked the ending - their journey together to India.
I really couldn't stand the daughter's portion of the book, I found her slightly irritating. Loved the mother's sections. I enjoyed a new perspective on some things and couldn't help but think about my mom and our relationship
I love this book. I've listened to it 2 or 3 times. Anyone who enjoys memoir or the interaction between an adult daughter and mother, should read it. Sometimes a re-read disappoints, but this never does. The two readers (one who voices Perri Klass and one who voices Sheila Klass) are amazing.
Great tale of mother daughter interactions. Klass is a beautiful writer.
Bleh! I did nopt like this book. Maybe if I had a remotely good relationship with my mom this book would have been readable. But, it was just too "Oh look my mom and me are best friends" for me.
This isn't quite what I expected. It started out with interesting stories but I am having a hard time finishing it, because it has gotten bland.
A mother and daughter reflecting on each other. I always like to read about "real life," maybe it's my nosy side.
I enjoyed this book. Although I'm Perri's age or just a little younger, I sided with Sheila on most of their issues! PS: LOVED INDIA and the TAJ Mahal experience!
An interesting dual memoir by a mother and daughter, each giving her own point of view on common history. Both women came across as intelligent and likeble.
Very good and humerous. A mother and daughter writing about their life together adn teravels. Looking at life from both sets of eyes.
The clean kitchen lured me in but alas it's just a journal of a mother and daughter and their different perspectives on their interactions. Yaaaaawn. To be fair I only read about half.
Mother and daughter constantly compare and compete in the world. A bit of a sleeper for me.
Didn't really finish this. I just found it a little too "something". I'm not sure what the right word is - sort of too "New York intellectual". I just couldn't relate.
Even has a middle grade connection-- Sheila Solomon Klass is a middle grade author, as is her son, David.
I thought it was interesting but not as entertaining as I was hoping for.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fun, light-hearted, but not frivolous book. Perri and Sheila's conversational tone was easy and engaging. Thank you for putting this book in my hands Rebecca.
Neat idea, a mother and daughter writing a sort of autobiography together. Very much enjoyed it.