A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir

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Open Road Media, Apr 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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An honest, unflinching reflection on the meaning of family, from the author of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t looking forward to helping her aging parents clean out their house and prepare for the final years of their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her own life in New York City. But as she began dismantling their house of forty years, the task evolved into a precious learning experience she would never forget. áShulman discovers the lives of two colorful, vibrant people from whom she remained distant while pursuing a literary career. She finds herself grappling with regret and seeking redemption in the search for what it means to be a good daughter. With warmth and insight, Shulman sheds light on a complex, painful event that many adults eventually face—the final trip home.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A tender memoir about caring for her aging parents from an author better known for fiery feminism (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, 1972, etc.). Shulman's most recent book, Drinking the Rain (1995 ... Read full review

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This is a deeply affecting memoir, one which more than once moved me to tears. In it Shulman tells how, in her sixties, she was forced to return to the Cleveland of her youth, the place she fled at ... Read full review


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Alix Kates Shulman (b. 1932) is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (1972), which established her as a primary figure in feminism’s second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University. She became a political activist, joining the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961 and the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1967. Her other novels include Burning Questions (1978), On the Stroll (1981), In Every Woman’s Life . . . (1987), and MÚnage (2012). She has also written the memoirs Drinking the Rain (1995), A Good Enough Daughter (1999), and To Love What Is (2008);a biography of Emma Goldman entitled To the Barricades (1971); and A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing (2012). Shulman lives in Manhattan and continues to speak frequently on issues such as writing, feminism, and reproductive choice.

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