My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction.

— Melissa Gilbert

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Don't like small talk, love rainy days.

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I grew up in a dysfunctional family.

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Thank God I have four sons. The mother/daughter relationship is one of mankind's great mysteries, and for womankind, it can be hellaciously complicated. My mother and I are quintessential examples of the rewards and frustrations, and the joys and infuriations it can yield.

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Although I was raised Jewish, my upbringing didn't include any formal religious education or training.

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To me, at forty-four years old, my book was a search for truth and identity.

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My life was a mystery even as I lived it.

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My therapist shared a theory she had come across, and I liked it.

It held that before making your next journey in this life, your soul sits at a large, circular conference table and chooses the souls who are going to be a part of your life. As for which particular people would be chosen, I figured they would be individuals from previous lives with whom there was still unfinished business.

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