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City Section/The New York Times
"Her Hard-Knock Life"
By Alyse Myers
"In 1957, when I was 1 and my mother was pregnant with my middle sister, my parents moved from a tenement on the Lower East Side to a one-bedroom apartment in Ravenswood Houses, a public housing project in Long Island City, Queens." more...
"For much of our life together, my mother and I hated each other. The way I saw it, I spent most of my childhood fighting with her — or trying to get away from her bitterness, her unhappiness and her endless smoking. As a teenager, I learned how to defend myself with words that were designed to hurt and could never be taken back. In return, she vowed that one day I would have a daughter who would feel the way about me that I felt about her." more...