Don’t Call Me Mother

I finished reading Linda Joy Myers memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughters Journey From Abandonment to Forgiveness.

In summary, I recommend. I enjoyed her character and plot development. I found myself wanting to visit Aunt Edith, meet Aunt Helen and other family members. Having lived in Chicago myself, I enjoyed her references to the city and could related to her regular references to the plains of the Midwest and the wheat fields (though for me too often, in Illinois, it was a nasty smelling soy bean factory smell that got to me out in the plains). She did a great job with the narrative. I particularly enjoyed her regular parallels (late in the book) to her own mothering and how lack of a mother effected her in both positive and negative ways with her children and grandchildren.
I also appreciated the explanation of the mental illness later in the book. Finally she  made a great case (that I could relate to) for the use of writing as a method to healing.  As any long time reader here will know, this is a tool I use myself.

While Myers was not adopted by strangers she was definitely not raised by her natural mother in the literal sense. Anyone with any degree of mother loss will relate to this book.

Off to find my next book to read. Welcome a recommend if ya got one!

2 Thoughts.

  1. I was fortunate enough to have Linda Joy as my writing teacher/mentor when I lived in the Bay Area. She was still working on Don’t Call Me Mother at the time, and it came out after I’d moved to AZ. Agreed, excellent book! She provided me with much-needed feedback on Second-Chance Mother and endorsed it when it was published. I recommend that anyone who is working on a memoir check out http://www.namw.org/, of which she is the founder and president. Lots of useful information and teles-seminars.

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