Mother Daughter Me by Katie Hafner

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Read Mother Daughter Me Online Free - The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner’s remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions.
 
Dreaming of a “year in Provence” with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie’s teenage daughter. Katie and Zoë had become a mother-daughter team, strong enough, Katie thought, to absorb the arrival of a seventy-seven-year-old woman set in her ways.
 
Filled with fairy-tale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would grow close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with land mines: memories of her parents’ painful divorce, of her mother’s drinking, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country,  and of Katie’s own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay.
 
How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent, and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. By turns heartbreaking and funny—and always insightful—Katie Hafner’s brave and loving book answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to the lives of so many.



Title : Mother Daughter Me
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ISBN : 0812984595
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Reviews


Laurie rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2013

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book through a Good Reads giveaway. The book is a memoir which centers around a summer in the author's life when she attempts to live with both her teenaged daughter and her octogenarian mother. Having a teenaged daughter and senior aged mother...


Erika rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 23, 2013

This is one of those books that you have high expectations for... And yet, I cannot keep reading, even though I want to. I had to put it down and return it to the library because I was getting bored by the author's drama that is not really drama. Really, it is a refusal to see life the way it reall...


Maile rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 31, 2013

It was well-written, which is the only thing that saved it from being a one star review for me. I intensely disliked the author and especially Zoe, her rude and obnoxious teenager. I read a review on this very website that said this book would resonate for "educated women." Frankly, this book is...


Robin rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2016

Before I review, I had to post one perfect passage, from author Katie Hafner talking about her ability to live without a man in her life: "I'm not sure where this new strength came from. It definitely wasn't from years of therapy on and off, which failed to help in any fundamental way. And it coul...


Susi rated it ★★★★★

May 20, 2013

I loved this extraordinary book. Katie Hafner's combination of journalistic skill and insight, and willingness to share intimate details of her complicated personal history make Mother Daughter Me a must-read. Presented with challenge after challenge throughout her life, the author manages to mai...


Betsy rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2013

What Eat Pray Love did for educated women with unhappy love lives who plunge into spiritual abysses, journalist Katie Hafner’s memoir Mother Daughter Me does for rootless educated women with abysmal, possibly alcoholic, mothers. As adults, these women—these daughters of abysmal mothers—can be san...


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2013

Katie Hafner’s MOTHER DAUGHTER ME; a memoir is her poignant recounting of her life as a happy little girl living in Rochester to the present. Her world fell apart when her parents divorced. Her mother was an alcoholic whose daughters were left to fend for themselves, Katie often blaming herself f...


Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2013

Sometimes i get when people say they hate memoirs or they are so over them and I can understand why. No everyone has a story that you'd sit through 300 plus pages when there are so many other awesome reads out there. But then again there is something to be said about reading a book, remarkable or...


Alaina rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2013

Mother Daughter Me is an utterly engrossing book: one of those books you can't help staying up half the night to finish, even though you have to go to work in the morning. There were a few times when I found its honesty uncomfortable, but I couldn't help being grateful to these three women for th...


Andrea rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 20, 2014

I liked this book in the beginning. But the at some point just decided Katie needed to grow up and accept that life is challenging. And lots worse things have happened to others who fought back and worked through. I actually found myself feeling sorry for her mother and the ongoing amount of disr...





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