Tangled Lives: Daughters, Mothers, and the Crucible of Aging

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Beacon Press, 2000 - Psychology - 210 pages
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"Dr. Lillian Rubin's book examines the lives of women as they grow from daughters into mothers and move on into the intimidating territory of old age. Tangled Lives uses pivotal events from the author's own life to illuminate the influence the mother-daughter bond has on a woman's identity, and the profound changes that come with aging." "Interweaving her present-day challenges with the story of her immigrant Jewish family's struggle, Dr. Rubin presents a tapestry of a contemporary woman's life. Her mother's death gives her occasion to reflect on her life's path: her father's sudden death when she was five, her mother's grueling labor in the New York garment industry before unions made the work barely tolerable, her own climb from poverty, and her lifelong battle with her mother. As she lies in a hospital bed recovering from a nearly fatal blood clot, she recounts triumphantly how, in defiance of her own troubled history with her mother, she forged a deep and meaningful relationship with her daughter."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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In her tenth book, sociologist and clinical psychotherapist Rubin (Worlds of Pain) reflects on aging and how it affects the mother-daughter relationship. Using her professional background to help ... Read full review


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Lillian Rubin was a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY, and currently is a senior research associate at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Calilornia, Berkeley.

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