Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing

Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing

"I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WildHow can a mother and daughter who love (but don't always like) each other coexist without driving each other crazy? "A wry and moving meditation on aging and the different kinds of love between women."--O: The Oprah Magazine ("2019's Best LGBTQ Books")After...

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Title:Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing
Author:Elissa Altman
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  • Peter Zheutlin
    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intentional crueltie...
  • Stacie Saurer
    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.**As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in my own life. Like ...
  • Lisa
    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Elissa Altman wrote a...
  • Sara D
    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother! So, I find i...
  • Amanda
    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her.Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them happy, nothing is eve...
  • Donna Hines
    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship?Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing?Having a mother of the same magnitude I can tell y...
  • Alissa
    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In this case, I do feel ...
  • Robert Sheard
    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved independence from ...

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