When I first reached for it across the breakfast table, my daughter told me to "save it for last mommy because it's a book that daddy said you are going to love and you will need some alone time for it". Well, with an introduction like that, I was very eager to get my hands on it but it was well worth the wait!
My family obviously knows me very well (as they should!) and while I am not into clutter of any sort, they know I will always find one more perfect spot on the already crammed bookshelves to tuck away another treasure, which is exactly what this new book has turned into for me, an absolute treasure!
The treasure I speak of, 'My Mother's Clothes', comes to us from author and photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron. This sweet and touching memoir of photographs reads like a mini biography of her mother, Eleanor Montgomery Atuk, devoted wife, beloved mother and as the author puts it "a genteel force in Atlanta society".
When her mother's memory started to show signs of fading due to Alzheimer's, Jeannette Montgomery Barron did what she knew best, she took her camera out and simply started snapping some pictures. She began cataloguing her mother's chic wardrobe in a series of photographs as a way to draw those long-ago memories back to the surface. These images of her mother's clothes eventually evolved into so much more. They evolved into a daughter's loving tribute to her mother and a way to preserve memories of her as she battled with this horrible disease that eventually took her away from her family, friends and the world that she loved.
To say that I adore this book would be an understatement as I have found myself going back to it, flipping through it again and again, every day since I got it. I had read some reviews of the book before I received it but in no way could they have prepared me for how deeply I would be touched by the author's photos and words, not only as a mother, but more so as a daughter of a mum I admire, love and can't imagine a world without, much like Jeannette Montgomery Barron.
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