I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This

A memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.

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A richly detailed memoir about the contradictory life narratives that connect and divide four generations of women.

—New York Times Book Review

Piercingly honest and uncommonly generous, allowing space for the vagaries of memory and different generational spins.


Nadja Spiegelman’s memoir works like a series of Russian nesting dolls: in every mother, she finds a woman who was once a daughter. Her prose is luminous and precise; her portraits intricately tender but charged by the wild electricity of familial love. I felt myself moved and expanded as I read this thoughtful, probing book—and I called my own mother the moment I was done.

—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams