Friday, December 15, 2023

#BookReview: In Pursuit of Radio Mom: Searching for the Mother I Never Had by Terry Crylen

Synopsis: In Pursuit of Radio Mom  brings the reader tight to Terry Crylen’s side as it traces her path from frequent and debilitating anxiety, loneliness, and shame—and a dysfunctional marriage that mirrors the dynamics of her relationship with her mother—to the discovery of her authentic self and the happiness and fulfillment such a transformation brings. Radio Mom also illuminates the ways in which one generation impacts the next—both wittingly and unwittingly—when later, while pressing along the difficult route of raising her own daughter, the author is challenged to confront, yet again, the legacy of her past. 

A book that also makes transparent the process of psychotherapy, In Pursuit of Radio Mom’s message is the excavation of pain clears space within the mind and heart—affording the growth of new insight, overturning fear, and making acceptance and forgiveness possible.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: Wow I was not the reviewer that was supposed to read this one but man I am glad I did.  If you are like me and have a not so good relationship with your mom then this book is for you.  I think this book is for those who are wanting to understand the physiology of this kind of situation.  I enjoyed how the author showed us the ups and downs of their past.  It brought clarity to a situation that many have also lived. If you want to break the ties that bind the past and move forward then check this one out. 


“A candid memoir that will resonate with anyone navigating the relationship between mother and daughter”
Kirkus Reviews

“As Terry’s colleague of twenty-five years, I have witnessed her dedication to a career investigating the lives of others. Her ability to interweave clinical expertise with personal experience is a rare gift. This is a riveting story of the transformative power of truth and love, shared with astounding empathy.”
—Roxanne I. Levin, PhD

“Many memoirs have been written about family ties, dysfunction, and impact. Few hold the resolute blend of professional and personal assessment that rise above and beyond the moment to consider the connections and broken perceptions mothers and daughters too often struggle with.”
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A strong voice from a clinical psychologist who writes with surprising candor and no psychobabble. Insightful; a tender take on the emotional chambers of the heart.”
—Linda Gray Sexton, best-selling author of Searching For Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

“Affecting memoir of a daughter mothering her mother—and breaking cycles.”
Publishers Weekly, Booklife

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Terry Crylen’s thirty-five years in the mental health field, thirty of them in private practice as a PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, served to enrich her understanding and appreciation for the emotional power of the mother-daughter relationship. A graduate of Northwestern University, her career in mental health focused largely on working with adolescent girls and adult women presenting with clinical depression, anxiety, and complex mood disorders. A lifelong Chicagoan, she is committed to supporting community efforts aimed at creating opportunities for the city’s economically disadvantaged youth and is an ardent supporter of the arts. Along with her husband, Phil, Terry is also a “frequent flyer,” devoted to maintaining strong ties with family—most of whom are scattered across the US. When not on the road or writing, she can be found hanging out with four-legged friends or with her nose in a good book.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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