Non­fic­tion

Every Moth­er is a Daugh­ter: The Nev­erend­ing Quest for Suc­cess, Inner Peace, and a Real­ly Clean Kitchen

Per­ri Klass, Sheila Solomon Klass
  • Review
By – May 21, 2012

This book is writ­ten in turns by moth­er Sheila and daugh­ter Per­ri as a col­lec­tion of fond mem­o­ries, which includes dis­cus­sion of the women’s very dif­fer­ent philoso­phies of house­keep­ing and rais­ing chil­dren while bal­anc­ing those respon­si­bil­i­ties with achiev­ing suc­cess­ful and ful­fill­ing careers. It is also a love let­ter to their husband/​father, who has recent­ly passed away unexpectedly. 

Both women are pub­lished authors: Per­ri is a prac­tic­ing pedi­a­tri­cian, and Sheila is an Eng­lish pro­fes­sor. As a par­ent myself, I find it inter­est­ing to read how one pedi­a­tri­cian rais­es her own chil­dren. The chap­ters have amus­ing names (eg. The Shoes on the Stair­case;” Wait­ing for Godot’s Golf Cart”), fore­telling the humor­ous anec­dotes with­in. The women speak to us in turns, some­times cor­rect­ing or crit­i­ciz­ing the oth­er, which makes the read­er feel like a voyeur in an inti­mate con­ver­sa­tion. Although the women’s opin­ions are repeat­ed through­out the book, their reflec­tions on life make for easy read­ing and I want­ed to jump right into their dia­logue. I enjoyed read­ing about the fam­i­ly dynam­ics and Perri’s and Sheila’s exot­ic trav­els together. 

Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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