Reflects on the author's mother, focusing on her early life as a bookstore owner and housewife and the diaries she kept, which had been retrieved by her daughter after her death.
Originally published in hardcover with the title NOT BECOMING MY MOTHER. Ruth Reichl, beloved food writer and editor of Gourmet magazine, has crafted this loving tribute to her mother, Miriam, who sacrificed much more than her daughter ever knew. After reading Miriam's journals of her youth for the first time, Reichl realized that she knew very little about the woman who would become her mother. Miriam had expansive dreams of becoming a doctor, which were actively discouraged by her family, who warned her to pursue a more "feminine" career while she waited for a man to come along and marry her. Ever ambitious, Miriam became the owner of a bookstore, and was in contact with many famous writers around the world. After marriage, this enterprise was surrendered, so that Miriam could stay at home and care for her children, which meant that her dreams and her intelligence were basically wasted as she whiled away the long hours on the home front. Reichl's portrait of her mother is profound and poignant, with lasting significance for everyone who ever wondered what their parents might have been like before they became parents. The 2010 trade paperback edition features a new afterword from Reichl relating her experiences and interactions with other women since sharing her mother's story.
- Cooking + Food + Wine, Biography + Autobiography
- Essays, General, Women
- April 6, 2010
- April 6, 2010
- Ruth Reichl