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Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter and an Adolescence Survived
Lara, Adair
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판형 Paperback, 288pp.
출판일 Mar 12 2002
출판사 Broadway Books
ISBN-13: 9780767905084
도서 치수 21.23 센티미터(길이) X 14.07 센티미터(넓이) X 1.70 센티미터(두께)
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Author Note
ADAIR LARA is an award-winning newspaper columnist whose column appears twice weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of five books, including Welcome to Earth, Mom; Slowing Down in a Speeded-Up World;and her latest, The Best of Adair Lara. Her articles and essays have appeared in Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest and other national publications. She lives in San Francisco; her daughter Morgan has just graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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What does a mother do when her teenaged daughter is spinning out of control and nothing is bringing her back? Here is a searingly honest memoir of motherhood and a testament to the power of love and family.

When Adair Lara’s daughter Morgan turned thirteen, she was transformed, seemingly overnight, from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager who would neither listen nor be disciplined. The author, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex-husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, all stepped on a five-year roller-coaster ride in which Morgan incarnated the chaos principle in torn jeans and dyed hair. Drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, failing and cheating at school, joy riding in a stolen car–there was no variety of adolescent acting out that she didn’t indulge in. For Adair Lara it became an endless sojourn at the end of her rope, a trial immensely complicated by the reappearance in her life of her aging father, a man who had... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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“An honest, moving account of family life gone haywire.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Adair Lara has transcended the genre of self to achieve selflessness. Her story of abiding love and pure anguish is a must-readÉand for any parent, Lara’s book will be a beacon.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“Lara’s memoir is in equal parts disturbing and absorbing, primarily because of [her] ability to acknowledge--and ultimately accept responsibility for--her initial eagerness to deny that her daughter’s life was going awry...Her yarn is told from the heart” –New York Newsday

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Excerpt
Chapter 1

MORGAN was still asleep, though it was almost eleven. The light from her west-facing window washed the top half of her face and her tumbled hair, the same brownish-blond as her brother Patrick's. One pink foot stuck out. I sat on the edge of the bed and shook it.

"Mom, I was sleeping." She smiled lazily at me.

"Is it true that last night you and Tara went into Dolores Park?"

"Mom, what are you talking about?" Morgan, caught off guard, sat up, trying for an expression of injured innocence.

"Did you?"

"What park?"

"Dolores. Where the drug dealers hang out."

"Well, yes, but we were totally safe." She said it with a little shrug.

"What about the beer?" I said in a tight voice. "Tara said something about a six-pack."

"It was just sitting in a bag in a parking lot. I didn't drink any of the beer. It was sour. I just... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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