Actress and author of the New York Times best seller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.
Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.
As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke's own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri's side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.
Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
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Wow - a heart touching listen!
I definitely appreciate hearing Brooke's voice read this. I know I heard her voice crack with emotion during the intro, at a part where I teared up myself instantly as she shared a raw emotion I could relate to.
Regardless of Brooke's celebrity or fame, I felt like a friend was sharing her experience of losing her mom with me, like you would over coffee. You can tell some of her family stories are very "practiced" and have a life of their own, but that in itself is one of the key points she brings up in order to bring her her mom to life in words.
I recently lost my mom about 2 years ago, and also have experienced addiction/alcohol issues in the setting of a white collar "looking good/feeling bad" family. I could totally relate and listen to Brooke's progression back to sanity as she was immersed in the craziness. If you don't have a sense of identity or compassion in living with alcoholism, this book might not ring any bells for you. But if you know that ride, then her story reminds us again that no one is exempt from alcohol's effects and we are each on our own journey to keep our heads up above the waves, famous or not. There were quite a few comments Brooke shared that made me draw my breath in quickly, as she captured things I had felt and thought privately myself. The backstory of her filming experiences and life make for some lively distractions from the obvious elephant of the complex mother-daughter relationship. I thank her for this brave, honest listen!
- Dawn F Horner