Don't Call Me Mother (Paperback)

A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness

By Linda Joy Myers

She Writes Press, 9781938314025, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2013



At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away. For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor. Linda Joy Myers's compassionate, gripping, and soul-searching memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who long for their absent mothers, yet unwittingly recreate a pattern that she was determined to break. Accompany Linda as she uncovers family secrets, finds solace in music, and begins her healing journey. Learn how she transcends the prison of childhood to discover light in the darkness of strife, abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness. Don't Call Me Mother was originally published in 2005. This revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword, with new insights about memoir writing. It's an inspiring chronicle of perseverance, healing, and the transformative power of forgiveness.

About the Author

Linda Joy Myers is founder and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers ( and co-president of the Women s National Book Association, San Francisco. A national memoir speaker and coach, she'sthe author of "The Power of Memoir How to Write Your Healing Story" and the prize-winning memoir, "Don t Call Me Mother." Her new workbook, "The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing, "will be released January 2013 through She Writes Press. She co-teaches the program "Write your Memoir in Six Months" with Brooke Warner, and offers teleseminars and workshops nationally. Visit her blog on how to write a successful memoir at