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My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother: A Memoir of Sorting, Mourning and Saying Goodbye
MY MOTHER'S CLOTHES ARE NOT MY MOTHER is not your typical lachrymose mourning memoir. Nor is it an agenda-driven exposé. What makes this book stand apart is the depth to which Peavey plumbs the murky territory of the mother-daughter dynamic – especially when the roles reverse. As she says, “My mother and I were bestowed jobs neither of us were very good at: taking care of each other. But,” she adds, “We did the best we could.”
That very idea is the central theme to this book that examines what happens when two spirited women are saddled with each others' care – the reluctant mother and the equally reluctant daughter.
The other aspect that makes this book so compelling is the focus on STUFF. “Why do we hold onto things?” Peavey has written and been performing a successful one-woman show of the same name for 4 years. At the end of each performance, people line up – not to talk about her mother, or her things – but about the objects they can’t part with.
Peavey examines all these issues with a clear eye and unflinching candor. No one – not her mom, not herself, not her beloved dad – is spared scrutiny. And no easy answers are arrived at. As she says: "Were my parents perfect? No, they were fun and funny and fabulously flawed – just like the rest of us."
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painter Marguerite Robichaux.
Maine & Me: 10 Years of Down East Adventures: A collection of popular pieces from Down East magazine. Maine & Me was awarded the Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book.
Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly: a collection of humor columns from the popular Portland alternative newspaper, Casco Bay Weekly.
Starting Out: Life Lessons For Graduates essay, "All the Right Mistakes" (Islandport Press, 2014)
Forty Things To Do When You Turn Forty, essay: “Don’t Dye Your Hair” (Sellers Publishing, 2007)
Fodor’s Road Guide U.S.A., Maine chapter (Random House, 2001)