For You Mom, Finally

Ruth Reichl


I picked up this book for $1.99 because I had read and enjoyed her books about food a restaurants. I was unaware of the tension between her and her mother. This touching memoir, written after her mother’s death, tells of finding a box of letters and notes her mother kept over the years.

A very different person from the one Ruth thought she was emerges from this  treasure trove. A woman forced into the life of wife and mother, she struggled to maintain her sense of self. She knew she wasn’t the perfect mother, and she tried to encourage her daughter Ruth to be all that she couldn’t be.

I wish I had read this book while my mother was still alive, so I could ask her the questions I have.


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