The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Book - 2013
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The adopted daughter of Jane Fonda describes her youth in 1970s Oakland, California, her daunting prospects in the face of her dysfunctional biological family, and the ways in which a structured home life enabled her eventual reconnection with her biological family.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780399160868
Branch Call Number: ANF 979.405309 WIL
Characteristics: 304 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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LaughingOne May 27, 2013

Mary Williams' memoir is one of the more interesting and gripping memoirs I've read in a long time. When she wrote about attending a Black Panthers school when she was young, I was reminded of the reasons why the Black Panthers started up and the good they did for their community for many years, until it went wrong. Mary did not want to be like many of the women she saw around her, including her own family. She made and took opportunities that gave her other choices. The more I read about the challenges she took on, and why she took them, the more I admired Mary. I also identified with her being closed off (due to understandable anger) from her biological mother and family, and her hesitation to reconnect with them. I believe she has been a courageous and brave girl, young woman and now older woman, pretty much her whole life. Thanks for sharing your story, Mary!

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