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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Perri Klass, Sheila Solomon Klass Narrator: Anna Fields, Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455183555
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Oh no, I’m turning into my mother! Every woman is familiar with the poignant, funny, baffling, or horrifying echoes that resonate at that moment when she first hears her own mother’s voice coming out of her mouth. But this moment of recognition is more than ironic: it’s at the root of how we see ourselves, and how we plot and follow the arc that goes from childhood to motherhood.

Together, Perri Klass and her mother, Sheila Solomon Klass, cover more than seven decades of daughterhood and motherhood. And although they grew up in dramatically different circumstances, they find that their lives have been shaped in strangely similar ways. In Every Mother is a Daughter, Perri and Sheila tell their mother-daughter story, looking honestly at their own lives and at each other, with different perspectives, unique voices, and powerful insight, in the first co-written mother-daughter memoir.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will appreciate the honesty between the pair…The mother-daughter duo triumph over hectic schedules and physical distance through their love of writing and travel…This is a treasure for any generation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields and Carrington MacDuffie capture the rapport, love, frustrations, and gentle teasing between mother and daughter…Fields and MacDuffie are the perfect combination to highlight this style. The outstanding performance by the two women brings this well written account of a unique family vividly to life.”

    AudioFile

  • AudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Ryan | 10/25/2013

    " Bleh! I did nopt like this book. Maybe if I had a remotely good relationship with my mom this book would have been readable. But, it was just too "Oh look my mom and me are best friends" for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra Fletcher | 10/10/2013

    " Loved it so much, I had my mom read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noel | 7/31/2013

    " Mother and daughter constantly compare and compete in the world. A bit of a sleeper for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rilla | 5/10/2013

    " This is a very personal account written by both the mother and the daughter about their relationship and the events they shared or learned from family lore. While the stories are unique to them the themesd and issues are universal. It will make you think, laugh, cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbellone | 4/7/2013

    " I really liked this book - not a story exactly, but many vignettes from the perspective of mother and daughter. I related to Perri, because she is a pediatrician balancing career and children, BUT I LOVED her mother's writing style. Especially liked the ending - their journey together to India. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 3/20/2013

    " Kind of campy. I learned lessons from the mother's point of view, less impressed with the daughter. And the recipes were disasters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 twahl | 3/13/2013

    " Great tale of mother daughter interactions. Klass is a beautiful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 2/17/2013

    " An interesting dual memoir by a mother and daughter, each giving her own point of view on common history. Both women came across as intelligent and likeble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Yingling | 8/28/2012

    " Even has a middle grade connection-- Sheila Solomon Klass is a middle grade author, as is her son, David. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 4/8/2012

    " Read this years ago and loved it! Great life chronicle of a relationship between a mother and her daughter and how those lessons were transferred to the daughter's children. Don't have any children, but thought this offered some really good lessons for when I do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 3/9/2012

    " The clean kitchen lured me in but alas it's just a journal of a mother and daughter and their different perspectives on their interactions. Yaaaaawn. To be fair I only read about half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 12/14/2011

    " Very good and humerous. A mother and daughter writing about their life together adn teravels. Looking at life from both sets of eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Despain | 11/10/2011

    " I really couldn't stand the daughter's portion of the book, I found her slightly irritating. Loved the mother's sections. I enjoyed a new perspective on some things and couldn't help but think about my mom and our relationship "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeni | 6/10/2011

    " This isn't quite what I expected. It started out with interesting stories but I am having a hard time finishing it, because it has gotten bland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 4/11/2011

    " Didn't really finish this. I just found it a little too "something". I'm not sure what the right word is - sort of too "New York intellectual". I just couldn't relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshlyn | 3/3/2011

    " A mother and daughter reflecting on each other. I always like to read about "real life," maybe it's my nosy side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Despain | 2/24/2011

    " I really couldn't stand the daughter's portion of the book, I found her slightly irritating. Loved the mother's sections. I enjoyed a new perspective on some things and couldn't help but think about my mom and our relationship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbellone | 7/9/2010

    " I really liked this book - not a story exactly, but many vignettes from the perspective of mother and daughter. I related to Perri, because she is a pediatrician balancing career and children, BUT I LOVED her mother's writing style. Especially liked the ending - their journey together to India. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 5/6/2010

    " The clean kitchen lured me in but alas it's just a journal of a mother and daughter and their different perspectives on their interactions. Yaaaaawn. To be fair I only read about half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 2/17/2010

    " Very good and humerous. A mother and daughter writing about their life together adn teravels. Looking at life from both sets of eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 4/3/2009

    " An interesting dual memoir by a mother and daughter, each giving her own point of view on common history. Both women came across as intelligent and likeble. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 2/25/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. Although I'm Perri's age or just a little younger, I sided with Sheila on most of their issues!

    PS: LOVED INDIA and the TAJ Mahal experience! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshlyn | 9/20/2008

    " A mother and daughter reflecting on each other. I always like to read about "real life," maybe it's my nosy side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 6/2/2008

    " Read this years ago and loved it! Great life chronicle of a relationship between a mother and her daughter and how those lessons were transferred to the daughter's children. Don't have any children, but thought this offered some really good lessons for when I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rilla | 4/30/2008

    " This is a very personal account written by both the mother and the daughter about their relationship and the events they shared or learned from family lore. While the stories are unique to them the themesd and issues are universal. It will make you think, laugh, cry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 4/22/2008

    " Bleh! I did nopt like this book. Maybe if I had a remotely good relationship with my mom this book would have been readable. But, it was just too "Oh look my mom and me are best friends" for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 8/24/2007

    " Kind of campy. I learned lessons from the mother's point of view, less impressed with the daughter. And the recipes were disasters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 twahl | 2/24/2007

    " Great tale of mother daughter interactions. Klass is a beautiful writer. "

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About the Author

Perri Klass is a practicing pediatrician and an award-winning author of several books. She is the medical director of the national program Reach Out and Read, dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrators

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.