Biography / Memoir

Dear Mom (And Dear Dad)

November 13, 2012
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Sometimes, the most important conversation you can have is with someone who is gone. Do the words “Dear Mom” come any easier when Mom is gone? What if there were things you never told her? Things you’ve always wanted to know? And after you’ve written letters pouring your heart out to your mom, would you show those letters to your dad? Kate Kaiser did. Her book “Letters to my Mother (But Really for My Father)”…

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The Unique Courage of One Mother

October 24, 2012
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The New York Times once called Susan Torres “Single Mother, Creator of Miracles.” Susan’s story begins in Brooklyn, where she was raised in the ’60s in a drug infested, abusive home. She left home as a teenager, and soon was a mother herself. Against the odds, Susan extricated her young family from another drug-shadowed environment and a subsequent abusive relationship by dint of raw courage and determination. Her new memoir “Living on Three Spoons” chronicles…

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Make Me One With the Woo-Woo

September 11, 2012
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We didn’t even have the term “midlife crisis” before 1965. It’s supposed to be the time when adults realize they’re mortal, after all. Not everyone has one. Debbianne DeRose has turned hers into a saucy memoir that is the oh-so-honest and humorous account of her personal journey through a string of compelling adventures and ideologies of the woo-woo kind. Her story begins with confusion and discontentment that catalyzes bold life changes and sends her roaming…

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How to Write Mom’s Story

August 29, 2012
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If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character, and keep her spirit alive, what would it be? That simple question is at the heart of a project that has, for years, inspired hundreds of daughters and sons to rediscover their mothers – or, perhaps, discover them for the first time. Lynn Cook Henriksen discovered this profound way to keep our mothers’ spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer’s disease ravage her…

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What Got This (Good) Dad Arrested

October 11, 2011
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As parents we’ve all done things from time to time that, if we’d taken a minute to think about it, we probably wouldn’t have done. Virtually every parent has, at some point, threatened to make their misbehaving kid walk home from church, the mall, a restaurant. Usually the threat is enough to get the bad behavior to stop. Buy the book But suppose you actually DID drive off, to leave your kid to walk home.…

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