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Not Becoming My Mother

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gourmet magazine editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl investigates her mother’s life through letters and diaries in her book Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way.

Event: Ruth Reichl will be reading and signing books
Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Triangle
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street

Guests:

Ruth Reichl

Comments [4]

City Kid

[[3] Lisa from Brooklyn April 29, 2009 - 01:17PM While listening to the interview, I was struck by how little I know about the person my mother is apart from the mothering aspect of her life. Why is it so hard for mothers to "lift the veil" and show us daughters who they really are? Are they afraid of hurting us b/c maybe who they were or wanted to be had to be sacrificed once we came along? I look forward to reading this book.]]

the answer is that while we kids (male and female) think we are owed something, answers perhaps, our parents think differently. and unfortunately, unless you are willing to waterboard your mother, she doesn't have to answer your questions. your questions remind them of their fears and failures. they want you to "get over" whatever it is that is bothering you and if you persist you will be reminded how they suffered, too, and no one had any answers for them.

have a nice day.

Apr. 29 2009 01:46 PM
Lisa from Brooklyn

While listening to the interview, I was struck by how little I know about the person my mother is apart from the mothering aspect of her life. Why is it so hard for mothers to "lift the veil" and show us daughters who they really are? Are they afraid of hurting us b/c maybe who they were or wanted to be had to be sacrificed once we came along? I look forward to reading this book.

Apr. 29 2009 01:17 PM
Gene

"When you find yourself, when you know who you really are--you will be beautiful."

Wow. Wonderful from a mom to a daughter--especially this mom.

This is a harrowing, insightful, stimulating and very funny interview.

Apr. 29 2009 12:58 PM
Allan J from New Jersey

I guess in 70 years we will hear stories of how newly "emancipated" homosexuals didn't know what to do with themselves after they were allowed to adopt and "marry". Give me a break!

PS. Bertrand Russell was "in love" with allot of women. Hahaha

Apr. 29 2009 12:51 PM

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