How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, Kate Mulgrew

Cover art: How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir, by Kate MulgrewYou 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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