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  1. says:

    Mother mother your feet stinkYou're old and poor and you like to drinkStill you're a Catholic pure and trueMother mother I hate youNobody reads Mary Gordon expecting warmth insight empathy or humor From the very beginning this renowned Irish American intellectual has specialized in hate But up until now she's been smart enough to restrict her hatred to safe targets In every book whether fiction or non fiction old Barnard

  2. says:

    This is the second book I've read by Mary Gordon I have an ambivalent attitude toward her as a writer She writes well but I think I don't like her as a person It would be interesting to see what I thought if I met her Mary Gordon's book about her mom is a lot about her herself really And she seems to harbor a lot of grudge

  3. says:

    After reading this actually 34 before I flung it down in disgustI wouldn't shake Mary Gordon's hand if she held it out to me A memoir is all about personal perspective but hers is so bitter and warped and skewed and I don't ask for facts in my memoirs not necessarily but it seems so EXAGGERATED For proof read the chapter about her A

  4. says:

    No one will ever fault Mary Gordon for a lack of frankness or honesty In the past she has mined her rather difficult upbringing and family life for short stories novels essays and memoirs Now with Circling My Mother she shares intima

  5. says:

    Well I'm going to take a page from Kristi's book and start a review mid bookCircling My Mother is this year's One Book One Saint Mary's book selection And to be honest I'm having trouble figuring out why it was chosen Less than 100 pages in the book comes across as incredibly bitter and self serving The author appears to be using this book to express her hurt feelings and share the difficult times she went thro

  6. says:

    Public library copy I was looking for something 'light' to read ha This is not light reading I read it uickly because that is what I do when I'm not comfortable with what I'm reading Some people don't finish the book; I read it uickly

  7. says:

    I'm nearing the 75 mark for memoirs read Since I'm writing my own I'm trying to read as many as possible to stud

  8. says:

    This was a book club selection Some people loved it Some disliked it intensely Most were indifferent I can't claim to have read this book I skimmed most of it The book is supposed to be a memoir of her mother In reality i

  9. says:

    I did not particularly like this book The relationship between Ms Gordon and her mother is so strained and strange as are her relationships with her extended family aunts cousins Perhaps I could not understand the dynamics of a large Catholic family and the huge role the church played in it I founds myself skimming paragra

  10. says:

    A memoir about a complex mother daughter relationship the author's tone is self involved and excessively self important Even though

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Circling My Mother A Memoir

Anna Gagliano Gordon who died in 2002 at the age of 94 was the personification of the culture of the mid century American Catholic working class A hard working single mother – Mary Gordon's father died when she was still a girl – she managed to hol. After reading this actually 34 before I flung it down in disgustI wouldn t shake Mary Gordon s hand if she held it out to me A memoir is all about personal perspective but hers is so bitter and warped and skewed and I don t ask for facts in my memoirs not necessarily but it seems so EXAGGERATED For proof read the chapter about her Aunts and how she paints them in the vilest bitterest colors and how she is just a sensitive child who was so terribly treated I think I threw it down after she complained in the most hysterical way about horrors being forced to help clean the house on Saturdays instead of being left alone to play or read Dear Mary Gordon I had to spend my childhood Saturdays cleaning the house too and I didn t like it would rather have read but guess what it s called teaching a child responsibility and pitching in and helping with the house that they live in and it s not punishment among the harsh chemicals it s life Your single mother and working Aunts probably didn t want to clean on Saturdays either Get over it just not in print thanksSincerelyMe

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D down a job dress smartly raise her daughter on her own and worship the beauty in life with a surprising joie de vivre Bringing her exceptional talent for detail character and scene to bear on the life of her mother Gordon gives us a deeply felt and p. No one will ever fault Mary Gordon for a lack of frankness or honesty In the past she has mined her rather difficult upbringing and family life for short stories novels essays and memoirs Now with Circling My Mother she shares intimate details of her often difficult relationship with her mother a woman afflicted with polio as a young girl and who was looked down upon by most of her relatives despite the fact that she for long periods of time provided the bulk of their financial supportRather than using a straight chronological approach to recount her mother s life Gordon chose to focus on specific ways through which her mother related to the world In separate chapters she discusses her mother and her bosses her words and music her sisters her friends her priests her father her world view and her body However as Gordon circles her mother and explores a different aspect of her character in each chapter the reader comes to know as much about Mary Gordon as about her mother Anna Nothing less is to be expected of an author of Mary Gordon s honesty and in fact it is the revelations that Mary makes about herself and her feelings that make Circling My Mother such a powerful bookMary Gordon lost her father at an early age and although her relationship with her mother was an uneasy one at times the two were close Mary suffered through her mother s often public displays of alcoholic self pity and from her sharply critical way with words but in the end she is loyal to her mother s memory and defends her actions as only a family member can do it She accepts criticism of her parents from no one almost refusing to acknowledge that her mother and father were often as wrong as those she criticizes for causing them grief during their livesCircling My Mother is Gordon s attempt to reconcile the guilt that she seems to feel for abandoning her mother to a nursing facility in her last years a facility to which she dreaded to go for the horrible one hour per week that she spent with a mother who no longer recognized her or had control of her mind or body Her approach to her mother s story paints a human face on a woman who was very much a product of her times but who still managed to achieve than many women of her day Anna spent a lifetime as a treasured legal secretary raised a daughter on her own supported her brothers and sisters financially until they could do it for themselves was a staunch supporter of the traditional Catholic church of the times and had close friendships with several intellectual priestsBut she could also be a vindictive woman and she resented the way that she was sometimes treated because of her handicap and place in life Mary Gordon seems to have inherited that resentment and she does not try to hide it Instead she describes several key relationships in her own life relationships which helped to make her into the woman that she is today but which she abandoned with little thought or guilt when she no longer needed them Some of the people cut from her life such as her truly horrible Aunt Rita admittedly deserved that treatment but that others who at one time meant so much to Mary Gordon were treated the same way is as surprising as her willingness to expose this weakness in herself to her readersCircling My Mother is not a sugarcoated feel good memoir the kind that often reads as fiction than as fact It is Mary Gordon s honest assessment of her mother s life and how she related to that life It is the work of a woman not afraid to expose her own weaknesses as part of her writer s craft and although it is the kind of book that often makes the reader uncomfortable it should be read especially by those who find themselves caring for elderly parents of their own

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Owerfully moving book about their relationship Toward the end of Anna's life we watch the author care for her mother in old age beginning to reclaim from memory the vivid woman who helped her sail forth into her own life From the Trade Paperback editio. I m nearing the 75 mark for memoirs read Since I m writing my own I m trying to read as many as possible to study form language characterization setting tone etc I have read about 10 that are stellar and what I like about them most is that they are lyrical rather than literal they are reflective instead of judgmental they are embodied rather than summarized So the problems I had with this particular memoir were many and various First I don t like the organization by topic It feels forced and it makes it feel like the Bonnard study was tacked on to the beginning and the end Next there were full chapters that read like a list of complaints We all have familial complaints but they sure are interesting when embodied than when listed Finally it feels like the first chapter was the most carefully crafted and that the energy was lost after that I made several notes in the first chapter and not in subseuent ones since the language became flat with lots of sentences like I was entirely happy or She did not die well Here are some lines that resonated for me in chapter 1My mother has erased me from the book of the living Toothless no woman can be considered beautifulYou weren t tempted by all that ardor

  • ebook
  • Circling My Mother A Memoir
  • Mary Gordon
  • English
  • 17 October 2018
  • 9780307472793

About the Author: Mary Gordon

Mary Catherine Gordon MA Syracuse University 1973; AB Barnard College 1971 is the McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College and is known for her novels memoirs and literary criticismShe and her husband Arthur Cash live in New York City and Hope Valley Rhode Island They have two adult children Anna and David Gordon is the McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College Ca