Parent and Child: The Ties that Bind

Photo credit: <a href=''>Katie Tegtmeyer</a>

Photo credit: Katie Tegtmeyer


Season 19: Episode 20

It's a hard thing to put into words, but a teacher named Elizabeth Stone may have nailed it.  She wrote:  "Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." On this episode, the tie that binds...and sometimes, chokes.

For more on the show, and our guests...


We'll hear about a comedy star in Quebec who thought she knew her mother. What Lise Dion would find, rifling through an old trunk, was the story of a stranger: a nun, imprisoned a Nazi work camp. Her book is called, The Secret of the Blue TrunkThe CBC's David Gutnick brings us Lise's story.

Later on the show, in his novel Straight Man, the writer Richard Russo weighed in on how children see their parents. He wrote:
"The world is divided between kids who grow up wanting to be their parents and those like us, who grow up wanting to be anything but. Neither group ever succeeds."

That was fiction. This is real. Russo's memoir, Elsewhere,  is about about life with his mother -  a woman who insisted that when he went away to college, she would go too.

Finally, Anne Lamott returns to Tapestry. The best selling author speaks to Mary about her new book, Stitches: A Handbook and Meaning, Hope and Repair. As usual, Ms. Lamott has some tough words for Deity.

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