Lies My Mother Never Told Me LP: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Short Description for Lies My Mother Never Told Me LP In her riveting memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me, "Kaylie Jones--the daughter of author James Jones (From Here to Eternity") and an acclaimed author in her own right (A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries; Celeste Ascending; As Soon As It Rains")--tells the poignant story of her relationship with her famous father and her alcoholic mother, and of her own struggles with the disease. A true story of p
- Published: 01 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 560 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780061883712 ISBN 10: 0061883719
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Review of Lies My Mother Never Told Me
Memoirs seem to be hit and miss for me this year. When offered the opportunity to read Lies My Mother Never Told Me I jumped on it because, honestly, the title is great and it looked interesting. My mistake was not looking to see who it was about.
Normally this wouldn't be a big deal. Most memoirs I read are about people I've never been "introduced" to. That's the whole point of a memoir, right? Getting to know someone. It was different in this book though. Because Kaylie Jones is the daughter of a famous writer (James Jones), there was a lot.. and I do mean a lot... of name-dropping in this book. Mostly names I'd never heard of due to the writers/actors/directors being people outside of the circle I am usually interested in.
This would not have been a big deal to me, I'm always happy to expand that circle, if I hadn't felt so put off by everything she was writing. I felt as if she was writing to impress and as if she was just a bit whiny, to be honest. While I could feel sympathy for her and how she was raised, still.. she was the recipient of so many things that most of us never get to see or do. This especially struck home when, while discussing her mothers estate, she and her husband were "okay" so long as her daughter received a private education and ivy league college.
Each section of the book begins with a short story told by her mother. I think these stories are where the title comes in (although I can't be absolutely sure of that). Most of the stories went right over my head or were un-interesting. The only one that got a chuckle from me was the Frank Sinatra one.
I'll shelve this memoir as another in a growing group of memoirs that seems to be written for a certain niche of people. To anyone unfamiliar with James Jones' work, as I am, it just doesn't carry anything of interest. by Lydia Presley