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The Many Lives of Mama Love (Oprah's…

The Many Lives of Mama Love (Oprah's Book Club): A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing (Oprahs Book Club 2.0) (edition 2024)

by Lara Love Hardin (Author)

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Lara Love Hardin recounts her slide from soccer mom to opioid addict to jailhouse shot-caller and her unlikely comeback as a highly successful ghostwriter in this no-holds-barred memoir.
Title:The Many Lives of Mama Love (Oprah's Book Club): A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing (Oprahs Book Club 2.0)
Authors:Lara Love Hardin (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2024), 320 pages
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The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing by Lara Love Hardin


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A great memoir. This book was well written and has a nice pace. I’m amazed at how Lara turned her life around and overcame addiction when many cannot. She immediately realized what was important in life and set her goal. It was disappointing to me to see how the parole and court system played out upon her release. It sounds very confusing, quite unfair and in need of an overhaul. ( )
  slittleson | Jul 9, 2024 |
Lara Love Hardin does an excellent job of making you feel the claustrophobia of jail, the despair of drug-abuse, and the fear of losing children. She also brings the problems of the incarcerated and probationers to light. Great upbeat ending. ( )
  spounds | May 2, 2024 |
Nobody writes about female friendships better than Robyn Carr and her latest novel, The Friendship Club, is a perfect example.

Marni hosts a successful cooking show on television. Like Ina Garten ( The Barefoot Contessa), the show is filmed in her own home, where she is ably assisted by Ellen, who has been with her for twenty years. Ellen is creative with food but has no desire to appear on camera, she is happy to leave that to Marni.

Sophia is interning with Marni and hopes to have a career in broadcast journalism. Marni's daughter Bella is anxiously awaiting the birth of her first child with her husband Jason.

Although Marni has very successful career, her love life could use some work. She was widowed at a young age and now is divorced from her second husband after she caught him cheating on her. Ellen was a longtime caregiver for her seriously ill husband and is wary about getting into a new relationship.

Sophia is excited about a new man in her life, but soon discovers that he is possessive and potentially dangerous. Marni had experience with that with her first husband and begins to worry about Sophia. Bella has concerns about her own marriage as well.

As the story progresses, Marni finds herself unexpectedly attracted to a new man in her life and Ellen's retired firefighter neighbor would like to start a romance with her. Marni jumps in with both feet and encourages Ellen not to let her past get in the way of a possible happy future.

I liked that we see relationships at all stages and ages- young Sophia, Bella and her husband as they await the birth of a baby, and Marni and Ellen in the 60s opening up their hearts to new possibilities.

Robyn Carr's characters are always so interesting, and seeing older women excited about new romance is enjoyable and refreshing to read. And no matter how long ago you went through a pregnancy, you can relate to Bella's situation. Carr's male characters are well drawn and realistic too.

I enjoy foodie books, and reading about Marni and Ellen's recipes and Ellen's volunteer work feeding people fleeing wildfires was fascinating. The Friendship Club is a wonderful book to gift to your girlfriends on Galentine's Day, I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Harlequin Books for putting me on their Winter 2024 Blog Tours. ( )
  bookchickdi | Mar 11, 2024 |
Lara is an excellent writer in this very personal memoir about her life of crime and addiction. I like her style so much that I bought her ghostwritten book about the man jailed unrightfully for 39 years. ( )
  bereanna | Feb 6, 2024 |
Compelling memoir of someone who made it out of addiction. ( )
  ldyluck | Jan 6, 2024 |
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