Alexandra Fuller “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness”

September 22nd, 2011

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A decade ago Alexandra Fuller‘s memoir “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” her story of growing up in Africa, established her as a vital new voice. But her mother hated it. Called it “that awful book.”

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She’s more enthusiastic about Fuller’s new book, “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.” It is her parents’ story, described by her publisher as “a story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness.” And in a way this is a book Alexandra Fuller could only write after undergoing a metamorphosis aided by her book editor….

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Laura Arens Fuerstein “My Mother, My Mirror”

April 5th, 2009

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We’ve all been to the carnival and had a good time looking at ourselves in the funhouse mirrors. The distorted way our bodies look makes us laugh. But what if you’re going through life, seeing yourself as though you’re looking in a carnival mirror all the time? That’s not funny at all.

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Psychotherapist Laura Arens Fuerstein wants to help women break the carnival mirror, by realizing where it came from in the first place: mom. Her book is called “My Mother, My Mirror.”

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Amy Dickinson “The Mighty Queens of Freeville”

February 26th, 2009

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Advice columnist and public radio commentator Amy Dickinson‘s informal motto is “I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.” And by her own account, she’s made enough of them for us to learn quite a bit.

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In her memoir “The Mighty Queens of Freeville” Dickinson reveals the nature of the rock-solid foundation that has kept her life from crumbling: it’s the extended network of strong women in her family from a small town in upstate New York.

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Mary Tillman “Boots on the Ground by Dusk”

May 16th, 2008

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In the four years since Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, his mother Mary Tillman has limited her public comments about the case.

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But now she’s written a book about her son’s high-profile death, the story the military initially told, and the truth that came out later, that he had been hit by shots fired by U.S. troops. Her book is called “Boots on the Ground by Dusk.”

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Berkeley Breathed “Mars Needs Moms”

May 9th, 2007

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When Martians land on Earth, and abduct Milo’s mom — right out of their house! — Milo does what any little boy would do: he chases them, sneaks aboard their spaceship, and heads off to Mars, too.

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And in Pulitzer Prize?winning comic strip creator and bestselling author Berkeley Breathed‘s new book for little readers called “Mars Needs Moms,” Milo learns a priceless lesson from these motherless Martians.

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