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- KurzbeschreibungThe actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir<br>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 eleven months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and her manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drank heavily.<br>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.<br>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.
- AutorBrooke Shields
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- Seiten432 Seiten
- Gewicht345 g
- LeseprobeIntroduction<br>I'm told that even decorated soldiers' last words are often calling for "Mommy."<br>That is the first feeling that washed over me.<br>And on November 5, 2012, six days after I watched my mother die right in front of me, I opened up the New York Times obituaries and the feeling hit again . . . but it came with a wave of anger. I was so hurt my vision blurred. I couldn't believe what I'd just read, and I asked myself: How could I have been so stupid and so naïve? How could I have let my guard down? How could they have done this to my mommy?<br>- - -<br>Days earlier, I'd written my own simple and rather short obituary about my mom and had sent in the required $1,500. The following afternoon I got a call from the Times saying they wanted to print it on the front page of the obituary section. I said they could position it wherever they wanted.<br>They explained that they thought Mom deserved to have a more prominent placement. This made me feel like maybe after all these years, Mom would finally get some modicum of respect. And deep down we all want to know our moms deserve respect, don't we? TheTimes added that they didn't want me to pay the $1,500, but I explained that I was fine paying and thanked them for the offer. Suddenly the person on the other end of the phone stated that the obituary was, in fact, already being moved to a more prominent part of the paper, so a bit more copy would be needed. This was the first red flag.<br>"I am not giving an interview. Publish my written obit, please."<br>"Well, we may just need one or two additional facts that you could clarify."<br>"Listen, I submitted my personally written obituary about my mother and I sent in a check. Thank you."<br>"OK, we don't want to upset you. . . . How about we just take your obit and print that but add one or two additional facts about her upbringing and the like?"<br>"Fine."<br>They indeed called and asked one question about her deceased brother and if she had lived in any other city in New Jersey before moving to New York City. It was a two-minute phone call and it seemed fine. I was satisfied.<br>- - -<br>A few days later, on the stoop of my apartment, I was shocked and horrified to read a piece I'd known nothing about. It was a scathing, judgmental critique of my mother's life. I gasped and stared, wide-eyed, at the nasty, venomous piece of so-called journalism.<br>The first line read, "Teri Shields, who began promoting her daughter, Brooke, as a child model and actress when she was an infant and allowed her to be cast as a child prostitute . . . died on Wednesday." What an opener!<br>The obituary's author highlighted-completely out of context-the most salacious facts and quotes
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