Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me: Universal Values from Extraordinary Times

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9781585420070: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me: Universal Values from Extraordinary Times

The daughter of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young draws universal lessons from her mother's extraordinary life.

When Andrew Young first ran for Congress, he was known in Atlanta as "Jean Young's husband." Jean, beloved wife, former First Lady of Atlanta, civic leader, educator, friend and colleague of Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Marian Wright Edelman, and Jimmy and Roslyn Carter, was the proud mother of four who instilled in her children the importance of love, integrity, and faith. Written by her daughter, Andrea, Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me celebrates a good mother, a life well-lived and worth emulating, and values that can help us all become more ethical people, more loving parents, and better citizens.

Weaving personal stories against a backdrop rich in the turbulent politics of our recent past, Young paints an evocative picture of life in a Southern middle-class black family during the social change that came in the wake of the Great Depression and legalized segregation. Here is a book to be widely shared by mothers and daughters.

"My mother was a woman of strong character, of deep and abiding commitments and a loving nature that drew people into her orbit. She was my friend, my mentor, my guide, my critic, and my amen corner. In her home, I found refuge and comfort. In her voice, I found wisdom." --from the Introduction

Illustrated with 15 black-and-white photographs

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About the Author :

Andrea Young is an attorney, public policy analyst, activist, and writer who collaborated with her father on his memoir, An Easy Burden. A former speechwriter for Senator Edward Kennedy, she has served as the keynote speaker for educational and religious institutions from New Mexico to New Hampshire. Currently, she is vice-president of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

From Publishers Weekly :

The oldest daughter of Jean Young, former educator and social justice advocate, and Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor, Georgia congressman and U.N. ambassador, the author interweaves compelling anecdotes of her mother's activism, her parents' marriage and their rich family life with the wisdom her mother imparted before succumbing to cancer in 1994. Describing her mother as a woman who constantly resisted prescribed roles, Young details how, as a young girl, her mother "engaged in a personal guerrilla war against segregation" at the soda fountain in Marion, Ala. Later, instead of becoming distracted by debates in the women's movement over the symbolism of bras and makeup, Jean Young focused on women's equality in employment and wages. An avid and competitive tennis player, she imparted her enthusiasm for athletics to her daughters: when Young's younger sister expressed a desire to play football at her elementary school (before the Title IX ruling that mandated gender equity in sports), their mother was unwaveringly supportive. In addition to serving as models in social issues, Jean and Andrew Young created a marriage that remains a prototype for their children. Describing their partnership as "a binary star system, [with] each orbiting the other, moving together," Young relates her mother's philosophy that a marriage can't be sustained if the partners are keeping score and that a marriage that is always 50-50 won't work. Thoughtfully written, the book is a wonderful tribute to a woman who refused to be categorized. Agent, Lawrence Jordan. (Feb.)
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