You may know Kate Mulgrew from her recent portrayal of Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov on Orange is the New Black, or from her time as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyageur. She released a critically acclaimed memoir Born with Teeth in 2015; in her new book How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, she focuses on the last years of her parents’ lives.
I was initially put off by Mulgrew’s florid writing style, but all was forgiven as I was quickly drawn into the harrowing story of her father’s battle with lung cancer, while her mother slowly succumbed to atypical Alzheimer’s disease. Mulgrew digs into long-held family secrets, resentments, betrayals, and the fraying and delicate relationships between her siblings, as together they navigate the uncharted territory of dealing with the loss of a parent. There is a great deal of humour in this book, and the author’s deep affection for her family balances the tougher sections. If you’re looking for a candid celebrity memoir that’s low on flash and fluff, or if you’ve had similar experiences with your own loved ones, How To Forget is well worth a read.
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