By Linda Carroll

REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN

MEMOIR

Therapist Carroll would probably never have sold her story were she not the mother of rocker Courtney Love—and that would have been a pity. Because while she does talk about the heartache of raising her brilliant, troubled child, the book is mostly about Carroll: a moving tale of a woman’s struggle to find roots and create family. Adopted and subjected to inadvertent cruelty and borderline molestation, Carroll tries on identities like fur coats. She fantasizes about her birth mother, then finds her: She is renowned writer Paula Fox, and the two remain close. Love’s fans will find plenty to interest them; for example, Love, at 8, shredding and burning her mother’s prized prayer book. But the mother-daughter relationship is just part of a larger story, one of healing and learning to forgive.

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