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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathleen Schine Narrator: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594833427
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At the point in her life when things should be easy, Greta’s house and her hands are full.Greta’s grown daughter, Elizabeth, has just arrived in town with her son and her boyfriend to write a screenplay based on Madame Bovary. Greta’s mother, Lotte, has progressed far beyond being ‘a character’ since her husband died, taking ever increasing amounts of Greta’s time and patience. And, most surprising and unnerving of all, Greta has fallen in love.Not with her sweet and devoted husband.But with someone who appeared unexpectedly through a side door and turned her life upside down. She Is Me deftly portrays the wisdom, pain, and huge reservoirs of love that are intertwined through the lives of women. Knowing each other as only mothers and daughters can, these three weave a sweet-hearted comedy out of their mistakes, shortcomings, and attempts at growth.This is the hilarious and heartbreaking book that admirers of The Love Letter and Cathleen Schine’s other acclaimed novels have long been waiting for.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 2/19/2014

    " I'm really glad that I listened to this on tape and didn't waste time reading it. I would have been really pissed if I had spent time out of my life to read this. Although the book started off rather interesting I just couldn't see how everything fit together. Madame B was mentioned so many times that if a person hadn't read the book they would have been totally lost. She tackles so many topics within the book as well that the characters are someone shallow. The reader did a good job with some of the funny parts but that is about all. I was really really disappointed and will probably not read another of this authors books. I'm giving it 2 starts instead of one purely for the fact that at least she did mention some classic literature which is always a nice thing for authors to do... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 2/13/2014

    " This is funny and sad -- a daughter, a mother and a grandmother who are all ill, all mistrustful of one another, putting up fronts, etc. but who must care for one another in their respective illnesses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Shepherd | 2/6/2014

    " Not an easy read, or a "fun" one, but a brutally frank look at three generations of women facing health and relationshionship crises, with an ending that is courageous enough not to tie up their stories in a neat bow. Fiction, but so real it stays with you after the last page has been read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaelann | 1/30/2014

    " uneven -- sometimes the characters were compelling (mother with new lesbian mother, yes; academic-transiting-to-screenwriter, not always) but sometimes annoying. appreciated the family relationships and the ending was strong.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 1/27/2014

    " Was about interesting topics, like mortality of your mother, adultery, different roles a single woman plays, but no insights or depth of perception. Only good thing was that it was not offensive and was quick to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/19/2014

    " After reading "Not Buying It" where the author chooses not to buy the new book by Cathlees Schine (even though she apparently loves the writer), I gave her a try. I liked "The New Yorkers", but didn't love it. I liked this book a bit more. I love the language she uses and she's able to create whole pictures in my head as I read. Again a couple of the plot twists/character quirks felt a bit odd, but the book challenged and explored the many complicated relationships we all have in life. I'll keep reading C. Shine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 12/27/2013

    " this book is good...told from the perspective of three different mothers struggling with issues (adultery, death, sexuality). was good, but a bit over the top on the drama! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Gray | 11/27/2013

    " I had too much going on in my life to concentrate very well on this book. I felt it was disjointed, I think mostly because of things going on with me "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 11/15/2013

    " I didn't care too much for this book. It is a story of a woman's disastrous life including her mother and grandmother's problems also. The author tackles death, sexuality, fidelity, and identity. It was just a little too much. The author could've wrote one story for each of those very big issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 11/3/2013

    " I didn't listen to this on audio but actaully read this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 10/16/2013

    " Can a book about how life is overwhelming for people of the sandwich generation be interesting? Apparently not. I wanted to like this book because I could relate to women feeling needed by everyone, but it was too boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 9/20/2013

    " Somewhat irritating; I almost didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris | 9/8/2013

    " she's really a good story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeni | 8/5/2013

    " What a mix of laughter & pain! Some great characters & well-written, but a little heavy because of the death, dying & caretaking issues. The lesbian development was well developed. It was a quick an overall enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifermason744 | 4/14/2013

    " i honestly didn't like this book at all. it was basic about 2 women dying of cancer. it was boring and dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/31/2013

    " At first it started out great! But then as I kept reading it wasn't all of what I expected. I actually just stopped reading the book altogether. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 10/19/2012

    " This is the book I currently find in a off sale with discount up to 70%. I need to prepare myself because the review is not quite in to this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MM | 9/21/2012

    " This one isn't great -- it's cliche-ridden and superficial. But hey, I'm on a vacation and it's perfect airplane-reading. It's not offensive, doesn't require brain-power, and has moments of humor and insight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 3/1/2012

    " Could not get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/27/2012

    " it wasn't riveting but I really enjoyed the relationships and the characters. An easy read - but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Njwillott | 1/13/2012

    " Good beach reading. I liked the concept of the perspectives of the three generations of women, and it was sometimes amusing, but the drama was overdone. Shine tried to tackle too many serious issues at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2011

    " Written in a classical sense...but is not outdated. Ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/26/2011

    " I really liked this book. Didn't expect to, not sure why so many are giving it a bad review. I had a hard time putting it down. I really sympathized with the characters. Was sad when it was over ... Almost feel like there should be a part two. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Londonmabel Mabel | 10/18/2011

    " I've read three other Schine books that I really enjoyed, so I was really disappointed. This was terrible. The chaaracters were SO unlikable, I couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 8/9/2011

    " Ok book. Said some thoughtful things. Grandma dying of cancer of the jaw; mother fighting colon cancer. Daughter taking care of everyone including husband and baby. It is not a downer; actually kind of happy. Easy, fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/19/2011

    " I had too much going on in my life to concentrate very well on this book. I felt it was disjointed, I think mostly because of things going on with me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/3/2010

    " I really liked this book. Didn't expect to, not sure why so many are giving it a bad review. I had a hard time putting it down. I really sympathized with the characters. Was sad when it was over ... Almost feel like there should be a part two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 9/25/2010

    " Somewhat irritating; I almost didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Njwillott | 7/20/2010

    " Good beach reading. I liked the concept of the perspectives of the three generations of women, and it was sometimes amusing, but the drama was overdone. Shine tried to tackle too many serious issues at once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris | 7/15/2010

    " she's really a good story teller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifermason744 | 8/24/2009

    " i honestly didn't like this book at all. it was basic about 2 women dying of cancer. it was boring and dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/29/2009

    " Written in a classical sense...but is not outdated. Ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 2/14/2009

    " Was about interesting topics, like mortality of your mother, adultery, different roles a single woman plays, but no insights or depth of perception. Only good thing was that it was not offensive and was quick to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 11/27/2008

    " This is funny and sad -- a daughter, a mother and a grandmother who are all ill, all mistrustful of one another, putting up fronts, etc. but who must care for one another in their respective illnesses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynnie | 9/22/2008

    " This book was mentioned in the book, "Not Buyig It" by Judith Levine.

    This book took me a long time to read.
    It was slow and kinda interesting.........

    I don't think I'll read another Cathleen Schine book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 5/26/2008

    " This is the book I currently find in a off sale with discount up to 70%. I need to prepare myself because the review is not quite in to this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 2/8/2008

    " I didn't care too much for this book. It is a story of a woman's disastrous life including her mother and grandmother's problems also. The author tackles death, sexuality, fidelity, and identity. It was just a little too much. The author could've wrote one story for each of those very big issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 10/26/2007

    " (Can you tell I'm getting desperate for books from my understocked in popular fiction university library?)
    Eh. I wouldn't call it chick-lit but paperdoll-lit - flat, 2D, who cares characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 7/19/2007

    " I didn't listen to this on audio but actaully read this one. "

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About the Author
Author Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, and New York Times Book Review.

About the Narrator

Patricia Kathryn Kalember is an American actress best known for her role as Georgiana “Georgie” Reed Whitsig in the NBC drama series, Sisters. Kalember also had the leading roles in a number of television films and co-starred in several feature films including Fletch Lives, Signs, The Company Men, and Limitless, as well as recurring roles in the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.