Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing

Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing

"I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild How can a mother and daughter who love (but don't always like) each other coexist without driving each other crazy? "A wry and moving meditation on aging and the different kinds of love between women."--O: The Oprah Magazine ("2019's Best LGBTQ Books") After surviving a traumaticwomen."--O:/>How "I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York T...

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Title:Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing
Author:Elissa Altman
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:039918158X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing Reviews

  • Lisa
    Sep 21, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

  • Judy Gelman
    Apr 05, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

    I adored Altman's Poor Man's Feast and Treyf, and eagerly anticipated Motherland, the story of her relationship with her beautiful, complicated mother. Altman is settled in life when her mother has an accident and becomes dependent, and the two navigate new terrain. This is a compassio...

  • Joyce
    May 04, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

    I adored Altman's Poor Man's Feast and Treyf, and eagerly anticipated Motherland, the story of her relationship with her beautiful, complicated mother. Altman is settled in life when her mother has an accident and becomes dependent, and the two navigate new terrain. This is a compassio...

    A mother daughter memoir, beautifully written that explores a very complicated relationship. What I find particularly interesting was that the story is still being written, as Elissa has not yet come to terms with her fierce loyalty to her very complex difficult mother. I definitely wa...

    I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting another boring memoir that read like straight non-fiction. This book read more like a story and it made it flow so much more easily. The relationship between the m...

    I am thoroughly enjoying the narrative prose. I feel that I am living the memoir and am fascinated by the story. Everyone who has a mother, and watched their mother age will be drawn to this book. The story jumps back and forth in the life of the author in an engaging way. All the char...

  • Meredith Maran
    Apr 04, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

  • Alissa
    Apr 11, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

  • Robert Sheard
    Oct 01, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

  • Amanda
    Sep 19, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

  • Lauren Archer
    Sep 18, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

  • Donna Jones
    Sep 08, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

  • Linda
    Sep 15, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

  • Alice
    Jun 03, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

  • Leigh
    Aug 27, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

    I adored Altman's Poor Man's Feast and Treyf, and eagerly anticipated Motherland, the story of her relationship with her beautiful, complicated mother. Altman is settled in life when her mother has an accident and becomes dependent, and the two navigate new terrain. This is a compassio...

    A mother daughter memoir, beautifully written that explores a very complicated relationship. What I find particularly interesting was that the story is still being written, as Elissa has not yet come to terms with her fierce loyalty to her very complex difficult mother. I definitely wa...

    I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting another boring memoir that read like straight non-fiction. This book read more like a story and it made it flow so much more easily. The relationship between the m...

    I am thoroughly enjoying the narrative prose. I feel that I am living the memoir and am fascinated by the story. Everyone who has a mother, and watched their mother age will be drawn to this book. The story jumps back and forth in the life of the author in an engaging way. All the char...

    I wanted this author to end the horrible cycle of abuse and alcoholism that radiated with hurt and self flagellation on every page. A very talented author who left us readers with a terse, ineffective ending. While understandable, this book felt more like a project of vengeance for a c...

  • Lucy Burdette
    Aug 19, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

  • Terry
    Apr 11, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

  • Sara D
    Jul 04, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

  • Laurie Lichtenstein
    May 19, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

    I adored Altman's Poor Man's Feast and Treyf, and eagerly anticipated Motherland, the story of her relationship with her beautiful, complicated mother. Altman is settled in life when her mother has an accident and becomes dependent, and the two navigate new terrain. This is a compassio...

    A mother daughter memoir, beautifully written that explores a very complicated relationship. What I find particularly interesting was that the story is still being written, as Elissa has not yet come to terms with her fierce loyalty to her very complex difficult mother. I definitely wa...

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    Jul 27, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

  • Penny
    Sep 13, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

  • Emily
    Aug 14, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

    Well-written memoir focused on the relationship of a mother who depended on her beauty and brief stardom she experienced before motherhood for her self-esteem (fighting always to show her long-dead parents that their telling her of she was homely as a child was proved wrong), her diffi...

    I adored Altman's Poor Man's Feast and Treyf, and eagerly anticipated Motherland, the story of her relationship with her beautiful, complicated mother. Altman is settled in life when her mother has an accident and becomes dependent, and the two navigate new terrain. This is a compassio...

    A mother daughter memoir, beautifully written that explores a very complicated relationship. What I find particularly interesting was that the story is still being written, as Elissa has not yet come to terms with her fierce loyalty to her very complex difficult mother. I definitely wa...

    I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting another boring memoir that read like straight non-fiction. This book read more like a story and it made it flow so much more easily. The relationship between the m...

  • Katie Devine
    May 04, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

  • Donna Hines
    Mar 31, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

  • Licia Morelli
    Apr 05, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

  • Julie
    Aug 16, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

  • kglibrarian
    Aug 22, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

  • Nicole Gulotta
    Jul 24, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

    Elissa Altman delivers once again. From start to finish, Motherland allows us a peek inside the inner workings of a complicated and heart tugging mother/daughter relationship. Altman's voice transports us into an immediate understanding of her world, both inner and outer, and the emoti...

    Not a particularly interesting or well written book. The author seems to ramble on with stories that are not interesting and repetitive. This memoir is mainly about a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship with undertones of anger. Many times in the book she repeats the same storie...

    Thank you Goodreads for the win! Motherland is more than a memoir of a mother and daughter relationship. Elissa Altman is a great writer. You clearly picture the people, scenes, and the places she writes about. I'm sure this was a very difficult story for her to tell. Her mother was an...

    Motherland: no matter where you go, there it is. I have my own motherhood problems, giving and receiving ends, but even if I'd never been born or given birth I would have loved loved loved this beautifully written, hilarious, evocative, addictive, brilliant, wonderful book. Whether you...

    Altman?s had a fractured relationship with her narcissistic mother since the day she was born, but when her mother took a fall and needed medical attention, Altman became her caretaker and proceeded to excavate memories that were long buried. This memoir is a poignant look at the com...

  • Kristina Elias
    Apr 12, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

  • KMcd
    Sep 05, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

  • Stacie Saurer
    Jun 15, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

  • deborah schiff
    Apr 07, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...

    Motherland is a memoir by Elissa Altman about her relationship with her mother Rita, a former television singer. She talks about her time growing up with her and the relationship she has with her now. I have a tense relationship with my own mother and I related to a lot of what Eliss...

    On the sentence level, this is fine. But structurally, it's repetitive and doesn't really arrive at the profound revelations all the hype suggests. Altman's mother is a horrible person. She is shallow, vain, narcissistic, childish, and cruel. And while Altman claims she's achieved inde...

    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, from whom I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Elissa Altman is a wonderful writer in the sense that with her words he enables the reader to fully picture the scenes, the people, the places about which she writes. In t...

    This memoir lays bare Elissa Altman's troubled relationship with her mother. I am from the upbringing that dictates "no one bad-mouths my mother but me", So you can listen to me complain about my mother as long as I want to rant, but you had better not chip in, because that's my mother...

    **I received a Kindle version of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.** As someone with her own complicated mother-daughter relationship, this book hit home. I look at others with these magical, my-mom-is-my-best-friend experiences and can't help but feel like something is missing in ...

    Motherland is far more than just the memoir of a mother-daughter relationship. Elissa Altman?s complex story and oft-times obsessive connection to a sometimes-demonic narcissist of a mother is both an addiction in its own right; and a compulsively seductive story of passionate love, ...

    I was interested to read this book after hearing Altman speak about it on a podcast. What really piqued my curiosity was her description of her mother as a narcissist, but one who loved her. Having a mother with similar issues, my experience has been that you can never make them hap...

    I won this as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review through good reads, compliments of the publisher. This was my first read from Elissa Altman and it surely will not be my last. The quality of her writing is astounding. I was initially outraged and furious while reading, bu...

    This quick book is witty and poignant. I enjoyed hearing Elissa?s perspective on the mother daughter relationship. For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09... Thanks NetGalley and Ballentine Books for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this...

    Elissa Altman tells the astonishing and poignant story of her troubled relationship with a narcissistic mother. It's beautifully written--alternately funny and tragic. I loved it. ...

    After hearing Elissa Altman being interviewed by Zibby Owens for her podcast Mom's Don't Have Time to Read Books (I highly recommend it if you like books), I was compelled to read Motherland to find out more about this fascinating author. In this honest, poetic memoir, Altman catalo...

    * I was provided with an advanced e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Give me your shorts. The pleated ones." "You hate pleats." "GIVE ME YOUR SHORTS OR I WILL KILL MYSELF." I felt badly about giving MOTHERLAND 2.5 stars. Clearly, Elissa Altman's story was a di...

    Elissa Altman's gorgeous new memoir, Motherland (her third) was the exact blend of poetry and love story I very much needed this week. ?My mother is beauty and she is music, and I love her to my bones. If she is broken, we are both broken. If she is whole, we are whole.? Thi...

    WHEW!!!!! WOW - So this book takes you through the trials and tribulations of a mother-daughter relationship that may indeed sound familiar to some! A bit heart wrenching at times, and riddled with an unbridled honesty about this relationship; a relationship, that is for most of us dau...

    Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a free digital copy of MOTHERLAND won through a Goodreads giveaway. Altman?s prose is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her words. Even more impressive is the characterization of her mother that creates a larger-than-life, mem...

    I won a copy of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman from Goodreads. Blessed AND cursed are the tires that bind a daughter to her mother, and in her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, author Elissa Altman explores the often con...

    For anyone who was moved by Educated, this soon to be released memoir is a must read. It explores the power that love bestows, as well as the powerlessness that same love can create. The intensity of the struggle for independence, to create a life that belongs to oneself, will le...

  • Peter Zheutlin
    Apr 04, 2019

    Can opposites attract? Can a narcissistic mother truly love? Can the narc daughter every truly be herself under the confines of this unsteady, turbulent, egotistical relationship? Can you truly have a maternal bond when the maternal aspect is missing? Having a mother of the same magn...

    Elissa Altman is the rare writer who seems to produce a gem with every sentence. Her prose is pitch-perfect and her eye for the telling detail is keen. Though her relationship with her narcissistic mother is difficult, and she's often on the receiving end of small, if not always intent...