What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

*Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 Selection by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and Elle.com* Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don?t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worse. As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to r *Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 Selection by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and El...

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Title:What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence
Author:Michele Filgate
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1982107340
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 26, 2019
    These essays are varied in style and subject matter, but that is fitting since we all have different relationships with our mothers. I really noticed the recurring theme of setting boundaries as adults, and the damaging power of denial and silence. They made me very reflective - for in...
  • Rachel
    Apr 18, 2019
    I absolutely love this. A tremendous, bright, beautiful list of contributors all telling such complex, thoughtful stories about their mothers. Made my brain whir about my own mom, the stories she has to tell, and the stories I choose to tell myself about her. Seriously glor...
  • Melissa
    Mar 24, 2019
    A very solid collection of essays from a diverse selection of writers about the things they don?t talk to their mothers about: family history, abuse, love, protection, secrets, first husbands, expectations. Particularly poignant essays are from Alexander Chee and Brandon Taylor (the ...
  • Iva
    Jun 21, 2019
    There is a variety of mothers/subjects covered in the contemporary essays collected here. There are plenty of divorces, bad (and a very few good) stepfathers, an arranged marriage, a deaf mother, a mother who lived in a commune and had an open marriage, and plenty of other surprises re...
  • Audrey Laurey
    Jun 11, 2019
    Some stories and voices are better than others, but definitely worth a read regardless of one's gender, sexual preference, ethnic background, etc. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. ...
  • Jaime
    Feb 23, 2019
    Every essay in here - and so many great writers! - was thought-provoking and brought something new to the table. I loved how different the essays were and the richness of the collection. ...
  • Sophie Rayton
    May 07, 2019
    Difficult but important topics discussed. There's so much in life that keep us from being honest and authentic, this book explores what it is to be both those things and more. ...
  • David
    Apr 01, 2019
    These are some intense essays. I responded to some more than others, but they all latch onto a live wire. Good writing, moving, and engaging. Nice stuff. ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Apr 14, 2019
    Relationships are complex. Most relationships are not easy to navigate around. I think the one we share with our parents is most difficult. I have always had a problem expressing what I feel to my parents. I think it just stemmed from the fact that we do not speak enough or try to make...
  • Tracy
    Apr 01, 2019
    Each story was so different as the writers discussed their relationships with their mothers. In many ways, the fact that the writers write for a living was irrelevent, except that they told their stories beautifully. So many kinds of mother child relationships in the world. ...
  • Hillary
    Mar 21, 2019
    This collection of essays is human, vulnerable, and at times cathartic. It is uneven at times, but highlights unique literary voices and encourages self reflection and forgiveness. It is not really what I thought it would be - and with so many voices, there were obviously some essay...
  • Cassie
    May 28, 2019
    Excellent essay collection featuring great talent. It really made me consider my relationships with my own parents. ...
  • Rachel Wall
    Jun 18, 2019
    Content of essays about relationships with mothers, most of which are strained in some way. I found this concept quite interesting and the essays were unique given the diversity of the authors. ...
  • Amy Alice
    Jun 28, 2019
    Yeah essays aren't my bag and this didn't convince me otherwise. Hard work. ...
  • Jennifer
    May 10, 2019
    Really good essay collection. I'll need to buy it in print at some point. I think listening to this essay collection took away some of my enjoyment, as I was distracted by the reader's voice. The authors of these essays laid themselves bare, and I didn't realize I would question my own...
  • Carolyn
    May 01, 2019
    Excellent. My favorites were Mother Tongue by Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body/My Body by Nayomi Munaweera, I Met Fear on the Hill by Leslie Jamison, and Are You Listening? by Andre Aciman. ...
  • Sivananthi T
    Jun 07, 2019
    14 writers share the complexity of their feelings and relationships with their mothers. It seems mine is simultaneously all of it and none of it. For most of our lives we see and experience our mothers through our lens, our views, of what is said and done to us. And then the point begi...
  • Jeimy
    May 31, 2019
    As with many essay collections, there are some hits and some misses, but even the "misses" were relatable in some ways. ...
  • BookOfCinz
    May 26, 2019
    Our mothers are our first homes, and that?s why we?re always trying to return to them. To know what it was like to have one place where we belonged. Where we fit. In What My Mother And I Don't Talk About we read essays from fifteen writers about their relationships with thei...
  • Meghan
    Jun 24, 2019
    An essay collection chock full of talent and heart, from Alexander Chee to Kiese Laymon to Leslie Jamison. Good stuff. ...
  • Erin Khar
    May 27, 2019
    This anthology of phenomenal essays blew my socks off. Each essay contains its own universe of the love and pain and complexity of mothers. A must read. ...
  • BookTrib.com
    Apr 29, 2019
    Mothers. At least for an instant, everyone has one. No mother is perfect, but some know how to mother more than others. Sometimes a mother-child relationship is a bitch. Sometimes it?s beautiful, sometimes bitter-sweet. But it?s always complicated. In the essay collection ...
  • Yanira
    May 08, 2019
    I find stories about motherhood so intriguing, like cult stories. It is true that relationships between mothers and daughters are often based on what is not said, what decisions are not made, what is left up in the air. That?s why I picked this collection of essays to read. Unfortuna...
  • Deirdre Sugiuchi
    May 19, 2019
    This collection is amazing. Highly recommended! ...
  • Emma
    Apr 05, 2019
    Beginning with the title essay, this is a powerful and candid collection on a universal theme, showing the scope of mother-daughter relationships and their impact. ...
  • Rachel León
    Jun 17, 2019
    Some of these essays are five stars, some are three stars, the rest are four. Overall a really solid collection. ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 03, 2019
    Oh, wow. This collection of short stories is just one punch to the next and it's amazing. For some reason, I had thought this was a collection about daughters speaking with their mothers but it ISN'T. These are people of a large variety of races, sexual orientations, and genders sp...
  • Shannon Perri
    May 25, 2019
    ?There is relief in breaking the silence. This is also how we grow. Acknowledging what we couldn?t say for so long, for whatever reason, is a way to heal our relationships with others and perhaps most important, with ourselves,? says Michele Filgate in the intro of her fantastic ...
  • Bridgit Morgan
    May 04, 2019
    This collection of essays was unfortunately a bit lackluster for me. ...
  • Kate
    Jun 06, 2019
    For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong ? I finished this collection up last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I find reading almost anything about Motherhood and Mother-Child relationships so facinating! I loved how these essays showcased all different relation...