Not Becoming My Mother
Not Becoming My Mother:
and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
by Ruth Reichl
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For years, Ruth Reichl took pleasure in relating what she called “Mim tales,” playful stories of her mother’s fumbles with and trespasses against proper motherhood— as when the dishes she prepared for her son’s engagement party gave guests food poisoning, or when she cobbled together a last-minute snack for her daughter’s Brownie troop by stirring assorted cupboard contents into moldy chocolate pudding salvaged from the fridge.
Early in her slim, potent new memoir, Not Becoming My Mother, Reichl (editor in chief of Gourmet and author of three best-selling memoirs) describes her late mother, Miriam (“Mim”), as a “comic character,” yet as she digs into a crumbling box of Mim’s correspondence, she resolves to form a deeper picture of her. Mim emerges not as the lighthearted star of one of her daughter’s
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