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How to Forget

A Daughter's Memoir
Lu par : Kate Mulgrew
Durée : 12 h et 6 min
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In this profoundly honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, the star of Orange Is the New Black and best-selling author of Born with Teeth takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter’s love for her parents.

They say you can’t go home again. But when her father is diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and her mother with atypical Alzheimer’s, New York-based actress Kate Mulgrew returns to her hometown in Iowa to spend time with her parents and care for them in the time they have left.

The months Kate spends with her parents in Dubuque - by turns turbulent, tragic, and joyful - lead her to reflect on each of their lives and how they shaped her own. Those ruminations are transformed when, in the wake of their deaths, Kate uncovers long-kept secrets that challenge her understanding of the unconventional Irish Catholic household in which she was raised.

Breathtaking and powerful, laced with the author’s irreverent wit, How to Forget is a considered portrait of a mother and a father, an emotionally powerful memoir that demonstrates how love fuses children and parents, and an honest examination of family, memory, and indelible loss.

©2019 Kate Mulgrew (P)2019 HarperAudio

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  • Dr. Chris P. Hafner
  • 27/05/2019

Dr. Kate Mulgrew articulates end-of-life relationships fluently

As professional as her acting & as entrancing as her characters “Captain Katherine Janeway” in Star Trek & “Red” in Orange is the New Black, Dr. Kate Mulgrew’s superb writing weaves the threads of past relationships with the complexities of grown sibling & parental-offspring realities. She amazingly articulates end-of-life relationships fluently so that the listener both can relate & learn. Well written & performed.
~Dr. Chris Patricia Hafner*
(*Hafner-Eaton, 1986-2016)

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  • Morningside
  • 31/05/2019

such a fantastic book. Kate.....you are great!!!

I loved born with teeth. I loved how to forget. Amazingly truthful. Amazingly real. I could listen to you narrate the phone book! Please, write another book!!

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  • wd
  • 01/06/2019

A beautiful, touching story

I listen to a lot of books and am rarely moved to write a review. This book is truly touching and beautiful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31/05/2019

Raw <br />

Kate Mulgrew writes and narrates her intimate memories of family during personal,emotional, heartbreaking times. The care and loss of her parents, the struggles between siblings. and the love and support of those closest.

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  • Adam
  • 13/07/2019

Touching but not as good as the first one

This book goes over everything that was in the first book but is Not even close to as entertaining. The characters will wait you more developed and explored in the first book. This book mainly focuses on her parents but I feel in the first book you learn more about the parents then on the second. This was more about her feelings than any character development.

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  • Janice (Jan) Hartmann
  • 09/07/2019

A Touching Remembrance

Kate eloquently shares an extraordinary remembrance of the joy and heartbreaking struggles caring for a parent with Alzheimer's.

As my sister and I share the long unceasing similar journey - I found Kate's memories on point - treasured reassuring strength of our days/years to follow.

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  • Landsdowne
  • 09/07/2019

An Uncommon Telling of a Common Story

First, let me say that I also grew up in Dubuque, IA and had the same sort of experience in the last five years. So much the same that Ms. Mulgrew's mom's doctor was also my mom's doctor. I could easily picture many of the places and people. It was great that Kate was the person reading the book, because she captures the accent of our hometown perfectly.

I would love to write a note to Kate Mulgrew about this book, but I decided to just write a review instead. So many of us are doing our best to provide our parents with care as they age and need more and more help. This is the story of families these days. The young people moved far away when it was time for a career and then worked to figure out how to be there when their parents needed them at home. It doesn't matter how big the family, we all feel the draw to help and the guilt when we are far away.

I will probably read this book again for the pictures it creates in my mind and for the feeling of being in Dubuque with both my mom and dad when they passed. Thank you for sharing your journey Ms. Mulgrew. I enjoyed reading it very much.
Jeanne
P.S. I went to St. Anthony's with your niece Mary Beth. :-) That is such a Dubuque thing to end with!

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  • linnea
  • 30/06/2019

Kate mulgrew is stunning as both writer and actor.

I LOVED this book. every chapter was a gripping story in the tale of Kate's life and the lives of her family. her story of her mother's descent into alzheimers was particularly poignant for me, as I lost my own father to alzheimers 9 years ago.

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  • Terry B
  • 28/06/2019

Beautiful!

Unflinchingly honest & beautifully written, this memoir not only moved me deeply but engaged me from the first page. You see, I was a little afraid of this book; I lost both my parents to the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. I selected it with some trepidation because of a laudatory review in a national publication. Contrary to my fears, the beautiful words and truest emotions, woven into a tale of family history, strife and reconciliation became a joy to my mind and a balm to my soul. Ms. Mulgrew isn't really an actor who wrote a wonderful book; she is truly a writer - masquerading as an accomplished actor!

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  • Rose Kirkpatrick
  • 28/06/2019

Good news you'll expand your vocabulary! But cry!

I've loved Kate Mulgrew since Ryan's Hope. I listened to this on audiobook so I may have a different perspective than a reader. Kate uses a lot of language, i.e. overly wordy. Maybe the written version works better. But my guess is I might have quit reading if I wasn't listening. If you don't have a good grasp of advanced vocabulary, you will feel like being talked down too. At the end her husband refers to her dying mother as snobby and tells her the apple didn't fall far from the tree. The whole book comes off as a bit snobby, thus making it hard to connect to Kate. She tells the story of her family and parents, but she leaves out plenty about her siblings. Since it is a book about death/parents that seems on purpose. Still she talks about her parents from a rather cold perspective with aloofness. I don't really get the feeling that her parents were very warm people, so neither is she. But when the end comes anyone who has had a critically I'll parent can identify with the descent. It becomes everyone's story then.

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  • Isabella
  • 05/07/2019

Gelungen

Eine sehr gelungene Autobiographie. Es lohnt sich zuvor den ersten Teil zu hören "Born with Teeth"