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White Walls - A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between-logo

White Walls - A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between

Judy Batalion

A memoir of mothers and daughters, hoarding, and healing. Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens . obsessively gathered and stored by her hoarder mother. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity-one made of order, regimen, and clean white walls. Until, one day, she found herself enmeshed in life's biggest chaos: motherhood. Confronted with the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood, Judy reflected on not only her own upbringing but the lives of her mother and grandmother, Jewish Polish immigrants who had escaped the Holocaust. What she discovered astonished her. The women in her family, despite their differences, were even more closely connected than she ever knew-from her grandmother Zelda to her daughter of the same name. And, despite the hardships of her own mother-daughter relationship, it was that bond that was slowly healing her old wounds. Told with heartbreaking honesty and humor, this is Judy's poignant account of her trials negotiating the messiness of motherhood and the indelible marks that mothers and daughters make on each other's lives.

A memoir of mothers and daughters, hoarding, and healing. Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens . obsessively gathered and stored by her hoarder mother. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity-one made of order, regimen, and clean white walls. Until, one day, she found herself enmeshed in life's biggest chaos: motherhood. Confronted with the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood, Judy reflected on not only her own upbringing but the lives of her mother and grandmother, Jewish Polish immigrants who had escaped the Holocaust. What she discovered astonished her. The women in her family, despite their differences, were even more closely connected than she ever knew-from her grandmother Zelda to her daughter of the same name. And, despite the hardships of her own mother-daughter relationship, it was that bond that was slowly healing her old wounds. Told with heartbreaking honesty and humor, this is Judy's poignant account of her trials negotiating the messiness of motherhood and the indelible marks that mothers and daughters make on each other's lives.
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A memoir of mothers and daughters, hoarding, and healing. Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens . obsessively gathered and stored by her hoarder mother. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity-one made of order, regimen, and clean white walls. Until, one day, she found herself enmeshed in life's biggest chaos: motherhood. Confronted with the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood, Judy reflected on not only her own upbringing but the lives of her mother and grandmother, Jewish Polish immigrants who had escaped the Holocaust. What she discovered astonished her. The women in her family, despite their differences, were even more closely connected than she ever knew-from her grandmother Zelda to her daughter of the same name. And, despite the hardships of her own mother-daughter relationship, it was that bond that was slowly healing her old wounds. Told with heartbreaking honesty and humor, this is Judy's poignant account of her trials negotiating the messiness of motherhood and the indelible marks that mothers and daughters make on each other's lives.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rachel Botchan

Length:

13h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

48:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

46:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:37