For You Mom, Finally

For You Mom, Finally

by Ruth Reichl


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Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women

A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117346
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 174,163
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and the author of the bestsellers Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples. She has been the restaurant critic at the New York Times and the food editor at the Los Angeles Times.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 16, 1948

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., University of Michigan, 1968; M.A., University of Michigan, 1970

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For You Mom, Finally 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SuzeJones58 More than 1 year ago
A quick and pleasant read. I breezed through this tome in an evening. It reads more like an newspaper piece than a short novel. Part of the reason I read this book in an evening is that it is an engaging read. Not a whole lot to this author's style, relatively straightforward with a little sentimentality mixed in. Of note are the nuggets of wisdom (I find at least one in every book - every writer has a different point of view from my own and they're always worth learning from). I found no fewer than two in this short read -- Was her mother crazy?--Or crazed from the trappings of marriage and family? (I often wonder if some of the diagnosed craziness in this world isn't really a need for a big change in surroundings?) Also--and I found this one to be the most intriguing--Reichl's mother loved her enough to push her away... What was missing? This is probably a story worth expanding and expounding upon. I wanted to know more about Reichl's family members beyond her mom. I wanted to know more about what made her mom seem so crazy, too. Would I have seen more of this if her mother had been reflected more in her children? Where I disagree with Reichl...Like so many writers, she touts the benefits of working motherhood. Sorry, I've done it all. Had young children and not worked, worked with young children still in my midst. In my estimation, the majority of jobs are really a matter of "workin' for the man"--meeting the demands of yet another set of others and--on their timetable. There's not much fulfillment in being scatterd like that, unless, of course you have the benefits of making a living by being a writer... A breeze to read, but maybe a little too light as well.
michigantrumpet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ruth Reichl is an author, and former New York Times restaurant critic and editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine. Over the course of her memoirs, starting with Tender at the Bone, Reichl has told many stories about her mother. Miriam was a poor housekeeper, enthusiastic yet spectacularly awful cook and prone to whirlwind starts to projects only to see them fizzle without completion. Her guests sometimes suffered food poisoning as a result of her disregard to the effects of mold and bizarre food combinations. In the past, Reichl has told these stories with great humor. However, the recent discovery of a box full of her mother's papers led to a re-assessment of Miriam and Reichl's deeper understanding of her mother's many quirks and failings. Reichl comes to see her mother as a woman of talent, thwarted from following her dreams and pushed into marriage. In the afterword, she invites her readers to move from the specific to the the universal in examining how American society has approached child-rearing, homemaking and professional life, particularly as to mid-20th century women. This is a slim book and easy to read. It will be of special interest to those who have read Ms. Reichl's earlier works, as well as anyone who has struggled to understand parent/child relationships. It is not a book tailored for 'foodies.' I had the opportunity to hear Ms. Reichl speak about the genesis of this book. I was moved by the emotion which she still brings to her re-evaluation of her mother and Reichl's gratitude for the sacrifices she failed to see at the time, but recognizes now. Perhaps none of us can truly appreciate our parents except through adult eyes.
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Theresa Barndt More than 1 year ago
This book read like a therapy assignment. It was not what you expect from such a fine a author as rachael. I was just waiting for it to start and it was over. Not worth 12.99.
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TeddiIL More than 1 year ago
First - this is the SAME book as "Not Becoming My Mother"! Very annoyed as I already had it! Not very well written or cohesive...seems just like a stream of consciousness with a lot of interruptions.
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