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A Prize-winning Memoir—Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment “I wanted to tell the secret stories that my great-grandmother Blanche whispered to me on summer nights in a featherbed in Iowa. I was eight and she was eighty...” Don't Call Me Mother is an inspiring chronicle of perseverance, healing, and the unquenchable power of forgiveness. Acclaimed author and therapist Linda Joy Myers's compelling, compassionate, and often heart-wrenching memoir shares the story of her mother's abandonment of her, part of a generations-long tradition in her family. Myers uncovers the layers of a painful secret she carried with her for years, transporting us on a journey that is both familiar and uncompromising in its honesty— a journey into the inner heart of a home shattered by abandonment and undiagnosed manic-depression—and a quest for the fulfillment of a childhood dream for a peaceful and loving family.

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"Myers takes you to her most sustaining love--the prairie land of the Midwest--and concludes her story as a return to that place where forgiveness becomes ""a feather on my heart, as natural as the plains wind.""
--Shirley Showalter, former president of Goshen College, author of the blog "I Have a Story"
""Don't Call Me Mother" takes us deep inside the mind of a young girl who has been spurned by that most important person in her life: her own mother. Without a guide to help her develop into a woman, Myers is forced into a vulnerable, innovative search for dignity and survival that is at the heart of every hero's tale."
--Jerry Waxler, M.S., founder of the Memory Writers Network, author of "Four Elements for Writers "and" Learn to Write your Memoir"
"Myers is courageous and persevering in this story about the primal pain of mother abandonment."
--Tristine Rainer, author of "Your Life as Story" "Discovering the New Autobiography" and director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies
Myers takes you to her most sustaining love the prairie land of the Midwest and concludes her story as a return to that place where forgiveness becomes 'a feather on my heart, as natural as the plains wind.'
Shirley Showalter, former president of Goshen College, author of the blog "I Have a Story"
"Don t Call Me Mother" takes us deep inside the mind of a young girl who has been spurned by that most important person in her life: her own mother. Without a guide to help her develop into a woman, Myers is forced into a vulnerable, innovative search for dignity and survival that is at the heart of every hero s tale.
Jerry Waxler, M.S., founder of the Memory Writers Network, author of "Four Elements for Writers" and "Learn to Write your Memoir"
Myers is courageous and persevering in this story about the primal pain of mother abandonment.
Tristine Rainer, author of "Your Life as Story: Discovering the New Autobiography" and director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies
With poetically visceral prose, Linda Joy Myers tells of her relentless work to emerge from an abandoned and abused child to a forgiving and loving daughter, mother, and grandmother. This must-read memoir brings her raw dark secrets to life. I couldn't tear myself away.
Madeline Sharples, author of "Leaving the Hall Light On"
Linda Joy Myers eloquently renders the details of her past in this transformative memoir, allowing all of us to find redemption through her honest courage. For anyone yearning for self-discovery, "Don't Call Me Mother" serves as a compelling guide on a journey to wholeness. I loved the book.
Michele Weldon, assistant professor, Northwestern University and author of "I Closed My Eyes" and "Writing to Save Your Life"
The new afterword pulls back the veil and lays bare the actual healing power of memoir. Poignant, visceral, and triumphant, this new section left me shaken and stunned with its raw beauty. As a reader, I felt I was witnessing transformation.
Kathleen Adams LPC, Author, "Journal to the Self" and Scribing the Soul Director, Center for Journal Therapy and Therapeutic Writing Institute"

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Linda Joy Myers is founder and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers (namw.org) and co-president of the Women s National Book Association, San Francisco. A national memoir speaker and coach, she'sthe author of "The Power of Memoir How to Write Your Healing Story" and the prize-winning memoir, "Don t Call Me Mother." Her new workbook, "The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing, "will be released January 2013 through She Writes Press. She co-teaches the program "Write your Memoir in Six Months" with Brooke Warner, and offers teleseminars and workshops nationally. Visit her blog on how to write a successful memoir at memoriesandmemoirs.com.
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