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Author Harden, Marcia Gay, author.

Title The seasons of my mother : a memoir of love, family, and flowers / Marcia Gay Harden.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Atria Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    791.43 Harden,M HAR    Available
Edition First Atria books hardcover edition.
Description 325 pages ; 22 cm
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Contents Prologue: My mother's flower path -- Spring. My mother is a brightly ribboned maypole ; My mother is a crescent moon ; My mother holds me like Mary holds Jesus -- Summer: My mother flies with Superwoman ; My mother is an orange hibiscus in a brown coffee cup ; My mother is a miraculous bamboo -- Fall: My mother is a driftwood ballerina ; My mother is a bottle of extra virgin olive oil ; My mother is a silver-wrapped piece of Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum -- Winter: My mother is a Harry Winston diamond ; My mother is a star navigator ; My mother is an Easter Bunny in a white confectioner's egg.
Summary "In this lyrical and deeply moving memoir, one of America's most revered actresses weaves stories of her adventures and travels with her mother, while reflecting on the beautiful spirit that persists even in the face of her mother struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Marcia Gay Harden knew at a young age that her life would be anything but ordinary. One of five lively children born to two Texas natives--Beverly, a proper Dallas lady, and Thad, a young naval officer--she always had a knack for storytelling, role-playing, and adventure. As a military family, the Hardens moved often, and their travels abroad eventually took them to Yokohama, off the coast of Japan, during the Vietnam War era. It was here that Beverly, amid the many challenges of raising her family abroad, found her own self-expression in ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. Using the philosophy of ikebana as her starting point, Marcia Gay Harden intertwines the seasons of her mother's life with her own journey from precocious young girl to budding artist in New York City to Academy Award-winning actress. With a razor-sharp wit, as well as the kind of emotional honesty that has made her performances resonate with audiences worldwide, Marcia captures the joys and losses of life even as her precious mother gracefully strives to maintain her identity while coming to grips with Alzheimer's disease. Powerful and incredibly stirring, The Seasons of My Mother illustrates the unforgettable vulnerability and beauty of motherhood, as Marcia does what Beverly can no longer do: she remembers."--Dust jacket.
Subject Harden, Marcia Gay.
Harden, Beverly -- Health.
Actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Mothers and daughters -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781501135705 hardcover
1501135708 hardcover

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