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Happy Mother's Day 2010

Celebrate Mother's Day by listening to and sharing stories of strong women, written by exemplary female writers, and read by talented actresses…

Celebrate Mother's Day by listening to and sharing stories of strong women, written by exemplary female writers, and read by talented actresses. Check back each week for a new excerpt, featuring the opening passages of the following four audio books.

The Help

The southern story about three unforgettable women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town.

Girl in Translation

An inspiring debut about a young Chinese immigrant in America, living a double life between school and a sweatshop.

My Name Is Mary Sutter

An enthralling historical novel about a young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War.

Not Becoming My Mother
and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way

Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life, giving voice to the universal unarticulated truth that we are grateful not to be our mothers.

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Audio books featured in this episode:
Not Becoming My Mother

and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way

Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own. In this intimate study Reichl comes to understand the lessons of rebellion, independence, and self-acceptance that her mother—though unable to guide herself—succeeded in teaching her daughter.

about the AUTHOR & NARRATOR Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of Comfort Me with Apples, Tender at the Bone, and Garlic and Sapphires, and was the editor for Gourmet Cookbook. She has been the restaurant critic at The New York Times and the food editor and restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times. She lives in New York City.

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