Download E-books Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir PDF

By Melissa Cistaro

"A tale that lingers within the middle lengthy after the final web page is turned." ―HOPE EDELMAN, bestselling writer of Motherless Daughters and The risk of Everything

This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mom left her at the back of via selection begs the query: Are we destined to make an identical blunders as our parents?

One summer time, Melissa Cistaro's mom drove off with out clarification Devastated, Melissa and her brothers have been left to choose up the items, continually laid low with the concept: Why did their mom abandon them?

Thirty-five years later, with youngsters of her personal, Melissa unearths herself in Olympia, Washington, as her mom is loss of life. After a long time of hiding her painful thoughts, she has simply days to determine what occurred that summer time and confront the terror she may possibly do an identical to her children. yet Melissa by no means expects to stumble throughout a cache of letters her mom wrote to her yet by no means despatched, that may carry the solutions she seeks.

Haunting but finally uplifting, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman's quest to find what drives a mom to stroll clear of the kids she loves. Alternating among Melissa's tumultuous coming-of-age and her mother's ultimate days, this beautiful memoir finds how our mom and dad' offerings effect our personal and the way we will live on these to forge our personal paths.

Show description

Read or Download Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir PDF

Best Parenting books

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

The increase of the girlie-girl, warns Peggy Orenstein, is not any blameless phenomenon. Following her acclaimed books Flux, Schoolgirls, and the provocative ny occasions bestseller awaiting Daisy, Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter bargains a thorough, well timed warning call for folks, revealing the darkish part of an attractive and red tradition confronting women at each flip as they develop into adults.

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Drawing on her examine wisdom and medical event, across the world revered neurologist—and mom of 2 boys—Frances E. Jensen, M. D. , deals a progressive examine the technology of the adolescent mind, supplying amazing insights that translate into useful recommendation for either mom and dad and teens.

Heroes for My Son

Number one big apple occasions bestselling writer Brad Meltzer brings jointly a impressive staff of heroes with something in universal: they have been traditional those who grew to become striking. Brad was once encouraged through the start of his first son to curate this assortment, yet you don’t must be a mother or father to treasure it—Heroes for My Son is ideal for kids, mom and dad, lecturers, and a person searching for idea.

The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love's Prophet

Erich Fromm was once a political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, thinker, and essentially the most very important intellectuals of the 20 th century. identified for his theories of character and political perception, Fromm dissected the sadomasochistic charm of brutal dictators whereas additionally eloquently championing love―which, he insisted, used to be not anything if it didn't contain pleased touch with others and humanity at huge.

Additional resources for Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir

Show sample text content

I'm indebted to the various writers and academics who inspired me alongside the best way, together with the clever and lovely Barbara Abercrombie, Samantha Chang, Leslie Keenan, Anne Lamott, and Corey Mandell. Steve Wolfson, you can't think how profoundly your encouragement years in the past helped me to maintain writing. Laurie Fox, thanks for placing your religion during this tale and guiding me via each step. you're a kindred spirit and agent extraordinaire. Stephanie Bowen, thanks on your prepared eyes and massive center in assisting me solution the main tricky questions throughout the modifying strategy. And distinctive due to the gifted staff at Sourcebooks for welcoming me with such enthusiasm and dedication—especially Liz Kelsch, Lathea Williams, Chris Bauerle, Rachel Kahn, Adrienne Krogh, Heather Moore, Sean Murray, Valerie Pierce, Dominique Raccah, Helen Scott, and Heidi Weiland. This tale wouldn't exist with no the help of my kin. i'm blessed with the easiest true-blue hippie dad a daughter may well ever ask for. Jamie and Eden, I wonder at your kindness, humor and compassion. i'm ever-grateful to my appealing mom, who lately ambled over to me in a dream, entire back, and hugged me with nice tenderness. this can be how I’d prefer to take into accout her. thanks Kim Baxter for taking such excellent care of mother through the years. Many due to the fantastic employees and occasions staff at booklet Passage. thanks Karen West to your lively and beneficiant insights, Calvin Crosby for ushering me in, and Elaine and invoice Petrocelli for possessing the best publication shop within the world—a position that appears like domestic to me in such a lot of methods. I’d additionally prefer to thank the proficient writers who generously provided to learn galleys ahead of booklet: Tom Barbash, Kelly Corrigan, Katie Hafner, Caroline Leavitt, Cheryl McKeon, Peter Orner, Will Schwalbe, Abigail Thomas, Ayelet Waldman, and Lolly Winston. And as far-reaching because it could appear, i would like to thank each writer I’ve had the privilege of assembly and introducing at publication Passage. every one adventure continues to be a gift—a infrequent glimpse into the inventive procedure and the fantastic, advanced trip of writing and publishing books. I stay in awe of each author who dares to jot down the tales of their hearts and imaginations. finally, for my children—Dominic, Bella, and Gianmarco—you are the solar, the moon, and the celebs. And Anthony, your unwavering aid for my paintings astonishes me and jogs my memory how fortunate in love i'm. in regards to the writer photograph through Adam Karsten Melissa Cistaro is a bookseller and occasions coordinator at booklet Passage, the mythical San Francisco Bay quarter self sustaining bookshop, the place she has hosted greater than 200 authors. A author and mom, her paintings has been released in different literary journals together with the recent Ohio evaluate, Anderbo. com, and Brevity, in addition to within the anthologies Love and Profanity and loved, along Anne Lamott and Jane Smiley and different writers. Melissa graduated with honors from UCLA and persisted her schooling with the UCLA Extension Writers’ application and on the Tin residence Writer’s Workshop in Portland.

Rated 4.22 of 5 – based on 11 votes