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

  • 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...
  • Denise Romero
    May 16, 2019
    What My Mother and I Don?t Talk About? is a series of short stories told by 15 writers and their relationships with their mothers. I loved and felt deeply moved by the stories that these writes shared. What My Mother and I Don?t Talk About? is a series of short stories t...
  • 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 ...
  • Dragana
    May 07, 2019
    Personal essay collections, the way I read them, don't fully mirror our experience, but rather contain mosaic pieces which, put together, amount to a fair share of it. There were many (more than usual) shiny examples here, in the form of piercing one-liners. Mothers remain justly mytho...
  • Mehrsa
    May 11, 2019
    Some of the essays were strong; others were not so much. I was really looking forward to reading this, but for whatever reason, none of the essays really hit me as especially poignant or insightful--except for the one about the Sri Lankan immigrant mom. ...
  • 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...
  • Susanna
    May 20, 2019
    This collection of fifteen essays is a little uneven, but maybe each of us sees in it what applies most to our own experience. I leaned more toward the essays written by writers I already enjoy -- Filgate's eponymous essay, Melissa Febos' "Thesmophoria," Carmen Maria Machado's "Mother ...
  • Kristina
    May 20, 2019
    A really nice mix of essays about relationships with mothers. Some estranged, some enmeshed, some healthy. Several essays both authors I know and I?ve read books by. Would recommend this- enjoyable essay collection. Imagine at least one essay will resonate with readers. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Anne Logan
    May 08, 2019
    With thoughts of Mother?s Day no doubt swirling around in everyone?s minds this weekend, I thought I?d post a review of a book of 15 essays about motherhood. What My Mother and I Don?t Talk About, Fifteen Writers Break the Silence are all fairly short pieces written by authors ...
  • Jennie
    May 03, 2019
    A very, very good collection of essays. A wide variety of stories here, from people who have basically no relationship with their mothers anymore to people who have very close relationships. The key word here is complicated. Every parent-child relationship is complicated even if it's a...
  • Deirdre Sugiuchi
    May 19, 2019
    This collection is amazing. Highly recommended! ...
  • Christine
    May 16, 2019
    It's always given me a little thrill when, as an adult, I've confessed things to my mother that I did as a kid that she was completely oblivious to. There are really no consequences at this point: no possibility of being grounded, of losing the phone or of not being able to hang out wi...
  • 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. ...
  • Taylor Woods
    May 10, 2019
    I?m so honored to know and to have a relationship with my own mother. After reading this, especially around Mother?s Day, I?ve been pondering our dynamic and why we are the way we are, my mom and I. To those who are mothers- whether by traditional or non traditional ways- you are...
  • Katie Devine
    Apr 28, 2019
    Michele Filgate has curated this beautiful collection of essays that explore a vast range of complex and challenging maternal relationships. The depth and emotional range of this work is incredible. Led by her own powerful piece about her struggle with a mother who stays married to the...
  • Daina Fanning
    May 19, 2019
    Extremely compelling collection of stories. Intense and honest - at times difficult to read but they were so beautifully written and vivid that I couldn?t put them down. Planning to seek out more works by many of the authors. ...
  • Melissa
    May 06, 2019
    I probably would give this a 3.5 if possible. One of the writers in his essay said no one wants to read about good relationships and this group of essays takes this to heart. It was almost painful to read about the abusive mothers, the dysfunctional relationships. Not all the essays de...
  • Bridgit Morgan
    May 04, 2019
    This collection of essays was unfortunately a bit lackluster for me. ...
  • Danielle
    May 14, 2019
    It was really more like a 2.5 because the topics were all really dark and personal so the reader felt more down that inspired. It was also choppy moving from story to story and I sometimes got the narratives confused. Some of the pieces were moving but most were middle of the road. Tha...
  • Notyet
    May 14, 2019
    It seems fitting I started reading this book on Mother?s Day. I like the subject, 15 writers write about their mother, their relationships and questions they would like to ask their mother. The book really made me think, there is no idealized person and we all know no one is perfect,...
  • Madeline Fox
    May 11, 2019
    After reading Danielle Kurtzleben's review for NPR (https://www.npr.org/2019/05/01/718087...), I figured this might be a good pre-Mother's Day read for me. My relationship with my mom doesn't lend itself easily to the kind of outpouring of love and gratitude and cards and gifts and s...
  • Skye
    Apr 23, 2019
    This book is a powerhouse of universal truths wrapped in unique and engaging stories. I enjoyed each author, without exception, and felt like I could highlight or underline the entire book. This thought provoking anthology will break your heart with its honesty and relatability. It...