Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way

Author(s): Ruth Reichl


In Not Becoming My Mother, bestselling author Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, open hearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition she made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.Growing up in Cleveland, Miriam Brudno dreamed of becoming a doctor, like her father. But when she announced this, her parents said, You're no beauty, and it's too bad you're such an intellectual. But if you become a doctor no man will ever marry you.' Instead, at 20, Miriam ioebed a bookstore, aprofession everyone agreed was suitably ladylike. She corresponded with authors all over the world, including philosophers like Bertrand Russell, political figures like Max Eastman and novelists like Christopher Marlowe. It was the happiest time of her life.Nearly 30 when she finally married, she fulfilled expectations, settled down, left her bookstore behind and started a family. First published 2009.


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Ruth Reichl is the author of three best-selling memoirs, Comfort Me With Apples, Tender at the Bone, and Garlic and Sapphires.

General Fields

  • : 9781741757538
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.26
  • : April 2009
  • : 220mm X 145mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 96
  • : A827
  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : Ruth Reichl