What my mother and I don't talk about : fifteen writers break the silence / edited by Michele Filgate.

Other Title:
Fifteen writers break the silence
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
xviii, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Mother and child.
Parent and adult child.
Text in English.
"From a critically acclaimed group of writers comes an essay collection about what they wish they could share with their mothers--the hilarious, the painful, the awkward, and the downright messy. Raw and poignant, this is an anthology that will resonate with anyone who's ever had a mother." -- Back cover.
"As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers. While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer's hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn't interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. Andr�e Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything. As Filgate writes, 'Our mothers are our first homes, and that's why we're always trying to return to them.' There's relief in breaking the silence. Acknowledging what we couldn't say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves."--Dust jacket.
In this candid look at our relationships with our mothers, fifteen authors write about subjects that they wish they had talked to their mothers about. While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Topics vary widely: from growing up with a deaf mother, to seeking a conversation that won't be interrupted, to relationships affected by the mother's abusive partner. At times humorous, at times tragic, the authors all seek to heal relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with themselves. -- adapted from jacket
What my mother and I don't talk about / Michele Filgate
My mother's (gate) keeper / Cathi Hanauer
Thesmophoria / Melissa Febos
Xanadu / Alexander Chee
16 Minetta Lane / Dylan Landis
Fifteen / Bernice L. McFadden
Nothing left unsaid / Julianna Baggott
The same story about my mom / Lynn Steger Strong
While these things/Feel American to me / Kiese Laymon
Mother tongue / Carmen Maria Machado
Are you listening? / Andr�e Aciman
Brother, can you spare some change? / Sari Botton
Her body/my body / Nayomi Munaweera
All about my mother / Brandon Taylor
I met fear on the hill / Leslie Jamison.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Christine Hikawa Fund.
Filgate, Michele, editor, contributor.
Hanauer, Cathi, contributor.
Febos, Melissa, contributor.
Chee, Alexander, contributor.
Landis, Dylan, 1956- contributor.
McFadden, Bernice L., contributor.
Baggott, Julianna, contributor.
Strong, Lynn Steger, 1983- contributor.
Laymon, Kiese, contributor.
Machado, Carmen Maria, contributor.
Aciman, André, contributor.
Botton, Sari, 1965- contributor.
Munaweera, Nayomi, contributor.
Taylor, Brandon, contributor.
Jamison, Leslie, 1983- contributor.
Christine Hikawa Fund.
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Online version: What my mother and I don't talk about.
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