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Katie Hafner, Mother Daughter Me

abstract:BookBuffet interviewer Paula Stoeke was pleased to catch up with noted author and journalist, Katie Hafner on her latest book Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir (published by Random House), which has been sweeping the "Best" lists of all the major literary review sources: declared an Oprah "Book of the week" pick; New York Times quotes, "Best Memoir I've read this year"; "Required Reading" from Bibliophile, "Best Books of July" itunes book list. Jane Smiley at Harpers Magazine says,

"Mother Daughter Me" delivers an unusually graceful story, one that balances honesty and tact... Hafner narrates events so adeptly that they feel enlightening rather than enervating.
Mother Daughter Me is a memoir set in California about inter-generaltional living. Katie invites her 77-year old mother, Helen to come and live with she and her teenage daughter Zoë in their architectural jewel of a house on stately on Sacramento Street, in Lower Pacific Heights. When years of sublimated memories of the turbulent years spent with her dysfunctional, borderline alcoholic mother threaten to disrupt their collective good intentions of co-habitational living, Hafner resorts to her tried-and-true emotional and creative outlet—writing —to vent her feelings and frustrations.

Discovering the writing to be too powerful to leave in her personal diary, her editor agrees that Mother Daughter and Me is a poignant and timely story capturing a not uncommon phenomenon these days, and the rest is history.

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Katie Hafner writes books about technology, healthcare and society. They appear in The New York Times, Newsweek, Business Week, Esquire, The New Republic and The New Yorker Magazine. Her book list:

  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet, with John Markoff (Simon & Schuster, 1991)
  • The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany, (Scribner, 1995)
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet, with Matthew Lyon (Simon & Schuster, 1996)
  • Well: A Story Of Love, Death And Real Life In The Seminal Online Community (Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001) [
  • A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano (Bloomsbury USA, 2008)
  • Mother Daughter Me (Random House, 2013)
  • article:

    September 22, 2013

    About Our Interviewer

    Paula Stoeke is a self-described life-long voracious reader. She writes poetry and fiction and is an internationally known visual artist with paintings and photography exhibits in galleries throughout the US and abroad. Paula lives in Santa Monica, California.



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