The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers

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5.8 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Marcia Gay Harden is an Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actress of film, stage, and television. She is also an author, an advocate for Alzheimer's research, a gardener, and a potter. Her first mainstream film acting role was as a femme fatale in the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing. She also had roles in Pollock, Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, and Meet Joe Black, among many others. She earned a BA in theater from the University of Texas and an MFA from the graduate acting program at New York University.

"A fiercely loving and tender tribute to Marcia Gay Harden's mother, remembering for her and for us what Alzheimer's has stolen, filling those darkened holes with compassion, acceptance, beauty, and love. I savored every page and didn't want it to end."-- Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played
"What a surprise to find that Marcia Gay Harden is as talented a writer as she is an actress. She has given us a heartbreakingly beautiful account of a devoted daughter coping with her lovely mother's slow slide into Alzheimer's. The book is like Marcia Gay herself - smart, charming, strong, funny, and vulnerable. Among other things, her account of Oscar night when she won for Best Supporting Actress made me laugh and cry at the same time. An elegantly-written, intelligent, and enjoyable read."--Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Becoming Myself
"From the start of this book there is something facing a time and place new to me, speaking a language Marcia is teaching me to understand: I promise you, you have not been here before. If motherhood has a destiny, it is the beautiful life on this road, in these fields, on these pages, where a great actor has told us a true story about her mother and the intelligence and happiness surrounding it."--Alvin Sargent, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Julia and Ordinary People
"Praise, love, and honor all play roles in this respectful, highly affectionate memoir about a spirited mother-daughter relationship."--Kirkus Reviews
"Marcia Gay Harden makes a literary statement with this moving story of her relationship with her mother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's."--Entertainment Weekly
"Honest, courageous, and often very funny, The Seasons of My Mother is an unforgettable testament to the unique endurance of the mother-daughter bond. I loved this book."--Rob Lowe, Emmy Award-winning actor and New York Times bestselling author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life
"Poignant, beautiful . . . . Replete with emotionally resonant scenes, humor, and tales of Harden's own journey as an actor, The Seasons of My Mother is both inspirational and devastating, a touching tribute to a remarkable woman."--Booklist
"The devotion and heartbreak of a loving mother-daughter relationship are captured with affection and precision in this graceful memoir. Harden delivers a love letter to her mother, in which the extraordinary elements of her ordinary life shine through."--Publishers Weekly
"The Oscar-winning actress showcases lyrical writing in this heartbreaking memoir."-- Entertainment Weekly
"Throughout this lush and lyrical memoir, Harden aptly demonstrates how her mother is 'living' with the disease and not 'suffering' from it....On every page of this moving, reverent and gorgeously written book, she has resplendently succeeded."--
"[F]lowers and their meaning run through this intergenerational story, organized around the seasons and the blooms they bring to mind, Marcia's childhood and her sometimes-spiky relationship with her parents. The description of her mother's drift into the limbo of Alzheimer's will be familiar to anyone dealing with a family member who has dementia, but the author sees through what has been lost....There is beauty here, and tragedy....But as an actor, Harden uses the persuasive strength of her voice to inhabit every line."-- New York Times