A compelling saga of mothers and daughters, survival and striving, women, family, and culture that will resonate with all Americans who have immigrant roots. This fascinating book takes a new and different look at the immigrant experience of Asian Americans. Through the voice of her Chinese mother, the author examines perennial themes of separation, loss, guilt, and bicultural identity in the lives of immigrant families. Grounded in a historical context that spans events of more than a century, World War II, McCarthyism, Civil Rights, the Women's movement, this volume: Uses oral history to show how families rely upon myth and legend as they adjust to a new culture. Illustrates how strong cultural and intergenerational bonds can both support and oppress Chinese American families; Uses Asian mythology and symbols to understand the psyche of Chinese Americans and their immigration experience, illustrating the contrasting world views of Asian and Western culture. Provides strategies for coping with the immigration experience for use by counselors and other professionals.
Since she's been ill, Lalla Fatma has become a frail little thing with a faltering memory. Lalla Fatma thinks she's in Fez in 1944, where she grew up, not in Tangier in 2000, where this story begins. She calls out to family members who are long dead and loses herself in the streets of her childhood, yearning for her first love and the city she left behind. By her bedside, her son Tahar listens to long-hidden secrets and stories from her past: married while still playing with dolls and widowed for the first time at the age of sixteen. Guided by these fragments, Tahar vividly conjures his mother's life in post-war Morocco, unravelling the story of a woman for whom resignation was the only way out. Tender and compelling, About My Mother maps the beautiful, fragile and complex nature of human experience, while paying tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son. 'Ben Jelloun is arguably Morocco's greatest living author, whose impressive body of work combines intellect and imagination in magical fusion' Guardian 'In any language, in any culture, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist' Sunday Telegraph 'One of Morocco's most celebrated and translated writers' Asymptote 'A traditional storyteller whose tales have the status of myth ... An important writer.' Times Literary Supplement
A Message from Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Guy: Just to be clear, About My Mother is a book about my grandmother, written by my mother. That’s not to say it’s not about my mother—it is. In fact, About My Mother is as much about my mother as it is about my grandmother. In that sense, it’s really a book about “mothers.” …It is not, however, a book written by me. True, I did write the foreword. But it doesn’t mean I’ve written a book about my mother. I haven’t. Nor does it mean my mother’s book is about her son. It isn’t. It’s about my grandmother. And my mother. Just to be clear.—Mike A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cry—and see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor. But Thelma could be your mother—there’s a Thelma in everyone’s life. Shes the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictator—albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning—Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, the genteel-yet-still-controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters. Good luck. When major league baseball came to town in the early 1950s and turned sophisticated Thelma into a crazed Baltimore Orioles groupie, nobody was more surprised and embarrassed than Peggy. Life became a series of compromises—Thelma tolerating a daughter who pitched manure and galloped the countryside, while Peggy learned to tolerate the whacky Orioles fan who threw her underwear at the television, shouted insults at umpires, and lived by the orange-and-black schedule taped to the refrigerator door. Sometimes, we’re more alike than we know. And in case you’re wondering, Peggy knows a thing or two about dirty jobs herself…
All About My Mother: A Beloved Daughter’s Memoir is the intriguing story of J.S. Quinn, who died in 1997, 25 days before her 19th birthday. This memoir was written by her mother to show that a child’s love can survive death, and it also shows the promise of a life barely begun. Since she passed, J.S. has been witnessing her mother's grieving, right up to the present day. She tells the strategies her mother uses to help cope, including reading, writing, and listening to music. J.S.’s mother was abandoned as a baby in 1946 at a Catholic orphanage in England. J.S. relates the childhood she spent with her three brothers and her single mother, who is of mixed heritage. In the early years, her mother worked three jobs, but still had time to keep her four children busy with activities while pursuing her education to become a teacher. J.S.’s death at 18 took a deep toll on her brothers and her mother, a British teacher currently living in Thailand, who cites her grieving process and why she wrote the book. “It is really an accumulation of short stories, the first of which I wrote in March 2006 as an account of my daughter's last flashes of her life as she was dying. It lifted the gloom on nine years of aching grief. I have had such a blessed life, even with the loss of my daughter. The only obstacle was trying to stay true to my daughter's sentiments and voice.”
A collection of stories captures the challenging relationships between mothers and their adolescent daughters.
Following the tragic death of her beloved son, Manuela goes to Barcelona in search of the father. But before she can exorcise her guilt she gets caught up in the lives of three women: Agrado, a long-lost transexual friend; Rosa, a young nun in search of love; and, Huma Rojo, the famous actress Manuela's son so admired.
''LESSONS I LEARNT FROM MY MOTHER" IS A BOOK THAT WAS WRITTEN IN MEMORY OF MY LOVING MOTHER. THE BOOK GOES A LONG WAY IN BRINGING TO FORE THE MAJOR ROLES AND IMPACT THAT A MOTHER SHOULD HAVE ON HER CHILDREN AND EVEN ON EVERYONE THAT COMES HER WAY. MOTHERS SHOULD BE READY FOR A SMOOTH RIDE INTO THE WOLRD OF GREAT MOTHERHOOD WHILE OTHERS MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TREASURE IN FORM OF A BOOK. REALLY, YOU DON'T GET TO BE TAUGHT THESE LESSONS IN ANY SCHOOL, THEY ARE LESSONS FROM THE SCHOOL OF 'EXPERIENCE'. BELIEVE ME-THIS IS A BOOK FOR EVERYONE NO MATTER YOUR AGE OR RACE!
Darlene Machtan, author of Conversations With My Mother, shares heartfelt, intimate, and often humorous one-sided conversations with her deceased mother. The topics are so universal that grieving adult children will easily relate and find comfort. The issues of: carrying on new family responsibility and roles major conflicts among siblings a parent's remarriage and the decline and death of other significant individuals are all "discussed" between mother and daughter with such honesty and emotion the reader seems to be an integral part of that conversation. Stories of love, laughter, disagreements, dancing, friendships, and futures will leave readers answering Machtan's question " or is it only in our family that such stories abound?" with a resounding, "No."
Got the crazies? Nothing wrong with that. 'Specially when you're crazy about the people you love. The titles and whimsical covers grab the eyes of browsing shippers, while the lighthearted content conveys the funny things that make them crazy for their loved ones!
All About My Mother by Cheryl Saban is a tribute to mothers and daughters everywhere. In this little book, mothers and daughters muse upon the unbreakable bond that exists between mother and child, and share words of wisdom their mothers have passed on to them, and the knowledge that mothering a daughter brings. As you read, you’ll ponder your own experiences as a mother and/or a daughter, and reflect on the wisdom you’ve gained from your own journey. It’s never too early or too late to make peace, or to consider what you can do to make this important part of your life more fulfilling and rewarding. Chapters include Bonding; Sharing, Growing, and Learning to Let Go; and Reconnecting. • The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or any other special occasion. • A heartfelt celebration of one of life’s most precious—and complicated—relationships. • Beautifully illustrated, this gorgeous little book offers great value for money. • “A son is a son till he takes him a wife; a daughter is a daughter all of her life.” Irish saying.
On a sunny morning in May 2005, foreign correspondent Matt McAllester's mother, Ann, died unexpectedly of a heart attack, and despite having spent six years reporting on death and devastation from the world's most brutal war zones, he was pole-axed by grief. Pole-axed, and also astonished to be grieving for a woman who had been largely absent from his life, lost for two-and-a-half decades in her private world of madness. In the weeks and months that followed, Matt found himself poring over old family photos and letters, searching for the warm, quick-witted and beautiful woman he remembered from his earliest childhood, who had now vanished for the second time. But as he looked anew at her long-cherished collection of cookbooks, it occurred to him that the best way to find her again might be through something they both treasured: the food she had once lovingly prepared for her family before she was snatched away from them by illness. With the help of Elizabeth David, the cookery writer his mother most revered, Matt embarked on a culinary journey, returning from the front lines to cook Ann's much-loved recipes: from cassoulet, to spare ribs, to steak with Bordelaise sauce, to oeufs en cocotte, to strawberry ice cream - the source of one of his happiest memories. And for the first time he had someone to prepare these dishes for: his new wife, with whom he was trying to conceive a child. Bittersweet is McAllester's poignant account of rediscovering his mother's life, coming to terms with her death, and travelling towards a new future as a father. Powerful, affecting and interspersed with mouth-watering recipes, it is a moving testament to the healing power of cooking for those you love.
Native New Yorker Jesse A. Mayfield is a versatile actor, singer and writer. He has appeared on Broadway, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and every major concert venue in the world. A former member of the famed vocal group, "Special Blend," he was a frequent performer in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. While serving as the Artistic Director of the famed "Paul Robeson Theatre" in New York, Jesse produced and starred in many notable productions, among them "A Raisin In The Sun," "Ceremonies In Dark Old Men" "God's Creation," and "Of Mice & Men." He has spent much of the last decade touring in various stage productions. Jesse relocated to Los Angeles a few years ago to pursue greater acting, writing and producing opportunities. Jesse's touching memoir "Away From My Mothers' Watchful Eye" chronicles his experiences growing up in inner-city Brooklyn, New York during the turbulent, social unrest of the 1960's and his being one of the first Blacks bussed to a White school in 1965 in compliance with New York City Board of Educations' initiative to further integrate its' public school. Always a New Yorker at heart, Jesse presently resides in Los Angeles where he teaches acting. He recently launched Trustar Productions to develop projects for television and film. His talent management company, LaMarr Talent Management represents and guides the careers of young, aspiring, entertainment professionals.
Snatched From My Mother . Animals and birds are not an accident .They are creatures of God who were put on earth just like human beings .God had them in mind when he planned the creation of the universe . They have a right to exist in this world just like any human being .The problem is that sometimes men forget this . Instead of believing that cats, dogs and other animals are in the wrong place, these people should start thinking seriously about God; their creator; His wishes and His reasons for creating such animals . Man and Animal were created by God and for God . Unless Man realizes this, life is worthless . Stories such as Titi's should be unheard of . This story should be a lesson to mankind and should teach Man compassion and love for animals . Pets are members of the family and have a right to be treated with love, care and respect . Devinia Sookia .
This book is about my mother's death and my search for the truth. I search for it as in my dreams I search to find the truth of her life and her death. Moreover, as we go on this journey we will encounter the numerous doors slammed in my face, and the whispers and the closed records beginning to be opened from the doctors who treated my mother. Mostly, we'll experience the hospital's lack of care, along with the foster home and the ambulance attendants' responsibility. I will show with the hospital's own records how sloppy, incomplete, and how deadly their treatment of my mother really was.This is not my story, but my mother's story, and like many other daughters and sons, who have gone through this experience, I want to learn the truth about my mother's life and death. This true story is difficult for me to write, as I was a thorn in my mother's side. Nevertheless, I feel I must write it for her, for the purpose of justice for her, and also justice for patients who become victims of hospitals and their deadly care.
When you were a kid, what were some of the things you dreamed of being when you grew up? What's something you wish you had asked your parents, but never did? These and other thoughtful questions will get Mom talking. One thing's for sure: Doing the interview will help make wonderful new memories, along with a volume that will be prized for generations to come.
'Incredibly moving' --Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize An Affair with My Mother by Caitriona Palmer: a moving and gripping story of love, denial and a daughter's quest for the truth. Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. But when she was in her late twenties, she realized that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her. She was able to locate her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it - to keep Caitriona - secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone. Who was Sarah, and why did she want to preserve a decades-old secret? An Affair with My Mother tells the story of Caitriona's quest to answer these questions, and of the intense, furtive 'affair' she and her mother conducted in carefully chosen locations around Dublin. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, An Affair with My Mother is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah - and so many other unwed Irish mothers of her generation - frightened, traumatized and bereft. It is also a beautifully written account of a remarkable relationship. 'Caitriona Palmer has called out the false shame of her origins, with a kind of anguished courage that is incredibly moving. An Affair With My Mother is a forensic account of how it feels to be - in the interests of Catholic "respectability" - excluded from the facts of your own life. In its commitment to family love, to joy and truth, it is a gift.' Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize
This book has been written for anyone who has become a caregiver at a moments notice, and to say thank you to the many people who reached out to help her family in the time of need. It is intended to be a guide, but not a cure-all. She speaks with a voice of integrity and understanding and included in these pearls of wisdom are successful strategies used to care for her mother, whose acute stroke left her with a severe case of aphasia and apraxia and the inability to walk. Also, her father has been diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension. Her belief is that miracles can happen in the midst of trouble and that all it takes is tender loving care to make them happen. She is the recipient of the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, she is an itinerant elder and has pastored in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, First Episcopal District.
Full of warmth and nostalgia, Rachel shares culinary inspiration passed down through the generations.
The purpose of this book is to glorify God’s grace and mercy, to save our children from a generation that is destined to die. STOP eleven-year-old middle-schoolstudents from hanging themselves. Listen to the cries from our children through their poetry and behavior. To save our children, we have to instill in your child a sense of self-worth, selfesteem and the love of God. Behind every delinquent child is a search for love and attention to fill the hole in his or her heart that was left by the absence of a mother or father that left him or her for drugs, jail, or just abandoned him or her. Teach them the power of prayer to heal the hole in our children’s hearts. Teach our children that knowing the Twenty-Third Psalm will give them comfort knowing that God is their Shepherd and will lead and protect them throughout their lives. Teach our children the Ten Commandments, what is right from wrong in God’s eyes, not man’s rules, moral codes of conduct to live by. Let us give our children God’s keys of life: prayer, the Twenty-Third Psalm, and the Ten Commandments. Let’s save the children! Let’s save the babies!
Anna Gagliano Gordon, who died in 2002 at the age of 94, was the personification of the culture of the mid-century American Catholic working class. A hard-working single mother – Mary Gordon's father died when she was still a girl – she managed to hold down a job, dress smartly, raise her daughter on her own, and worship the beauty in life with a surprising joie de vivre. Bringing her exceptional talent for detail, character, and scene to bear on the life of her mother, Gordon gives us a deeply felt and powerfully moving book about their relationship. Toward the end of Anna's life, we watch the author care for her mother in old age, beginning to reclaim from memory the vivid woman who helped her sail forth into her own life. From the Trade Paperback edition.