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For You Mom, Finally (Hardcover)

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“Ruth Reichl does a wonderful job of showing us the person at the heart of her mother, Miriam Reichl -- a woman who struggled against the constraints of 1950s American culture and who encouraged her daughter to enter a world that she herself so desperately wanted to belong to but could not access.”
— Lisa Stefanacci, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA


Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women

A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594202162
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Publication Date: April 21st, 2009
Pages: 128