by Lisa Cherry (Goodreads Author)
"‘Steering the Mothership’ is an autobiographical masterpiece that explains the trials and tribulations of motherhood. It breaks away from the norm and presents the mother-child relationship in a darker light – very different to countless other sunny portrayals. Reading this book was an almost magical affair, as it gave an insight on the journeys that shape us.
‘Steering the Mothership’ was very perceptive. Written in casual, though compelling prose, it tugs the reader along with in-depth factual insights into the life of the author and intriguing historical titbits. Who knew, for instance, that the month of May is the month of The Mother? Along with these snippets of information, Cherry includes moving anecdotes from her own life and shines a light on the shady cultural climate of 1970; all of this covered with the upmost sensitivity.
This book is a patchwork of information – which surely reflects the patchwork nature of motherhood itself. Bringing up children whilst holding onto a full time job, searching for information about one’s early childhood online: life is a jigsaw. The pieces don’t always fit together, mothers and their children don’t always get along; but if you take a step back, you can see the bigger picture. Love unites us all. This book helped me, the reader, to see the bigger picture. I was able to recognise that love is the basis of all relationships and see that being a mother is part instinctual, part improvisation. Some take to it “like a duck to water”, whereas others are left to flounder.
‘Steering the Mothership’ is a must-read for anyone who is interested in working with children or going into social work. It is as professional as it is captivating. Cherry incorporates other stories from other mothers in part two of the book, and this inclusion of new voices and new perspectives serves to highlight that which was said in earlier parts. Though sometimes heart-breaking, this book is a touching journey of self-discovery. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to learn more about the most fundamental relationship known to humankind. Not only does it inform, it helps readers become better people by teaching them to not let the past define the present. Filled with positive messages and touching details, ‘Steering the Mothership’ is a compassionate read that will never fail to teach you something new." [close]
― Katrina Kenison, Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry
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