A deeply affecting memoir of motherhood and daughterhood, and how we talk about both, from popular writer Laura JuneLaura Junes daughter, Zelda, was only a few moments old when she held her for the first time, looked into her eyes, and thought, I wish my mother were here. It wasnt a thought she was used to having. Laura was in second grade when she realized her mother was an alcoholic. As the years went by, she spiraled deeper, becoming borderline abusive, and by the time of her death a few years before Zeldas birth, the two had drifted apart entirely. In Now My Heart Is Full, Laura June explores how raising her daughter forced her to come to terms with her own mothers tragic legacy and recognize the connective tissue that binds together the three generations of women. She also confronts the complicated place that womens drinking often occupies and interrogates the culture of drinking that surrounds our ideas of motherhood, reflecting on her own decision not to drink.In beautiful and i...
|Title||:||Now My Heart is Full: A Memoir|
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Now My Heart is Full: A Memoir Reviews
The section that deals most directly with June's mother's alcoholism rang true for me and felt alive and necessary. However, the bulk of the book that deals with pregnancy and early motherhood felt a bit too familiar--in the worst, entitled, aggrieved Brooklyn parenting sense. I take issue with her writing authoritatively about motherhood when he daughter is only 3, for starters. I wish the backstory of her mother's life centered the book more.
Rounding up. This memoir reflects on new motherhood through the lens of a woman whose mother was an alcoholic. As a fellow mother of a young daughter (her daughter was born in '14), I'd be interested in the sequel. Maybe a book, maybe essays--the parent/child relationship changes so much over time, and I'm sure the author would have much to say as her daughter becomes a teenager, young adult, perhaps becomes a mother herself. I often find myself reading memoirs and wishing the person had waited ...more
This book took me off-guard. I thought I was the only one who grew up with these experiences. I thought my family was so unique. To hear a life almost just like mine laid out in a book was very shocking. Such a wonderfully told story that reveals so many truths that I'm not sure others will understand. So very thankful to have stumbled across this book and glad that it was written.