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What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most - Elizabeth Benedict I was a little nervous that What My Mother Gave Me would be a simplistic, feel-good collection of daughters' memories of their mothers, where every story is perfect and happy. I was relieved to discover that the book is much deeper and more authentic than that. This collection of essays portrays the beauty that can be found in a wide variety of mother-daughter relationships, whether the relationship was one that offered endless support and unconditional love, was terribly complicated and broken, or somewhere in between. Even daughters who experienced heartbreakingly unhappy childhoods reflected a valuable gift their mother had given them, something that greatly impacted their lives. Each piece in the book was very relatable, and gave readers the opportunity to consider complex mother-daughter relationships from different perspectives and contexts. Fond, happy memories were never overly mushy. Difficult ones weren't glossed over or whitewashed. It was refreshing, and gave the entire collection a genuine, honest feeling. Still beautiful, still sentimental, but real.

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