Dear Mom and Dad


Dear Mom and Dad is a remarkably emotional book that succeeds not just as a memoir but also as a compelling tale that will encourage readers to recollect their own childhoods in a totally new light. It is written with dignity and grace in the form of a letter to her parents, Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Patti Davis sheds the misconceptions that formerly defined her and is eager to relate the story of her own family and coming-of-age. Dear Mom and Dad shows us that Patti was a sensitive child who was unable to become the public figure her family wanted her to be, far from being the enfant terrible. Davis examines her own place in an increasingly dysfunctional family drama while also looking honestly and compassionately at her parents: her mother, who was never freed from her own tormented upbringing, and her father, the eternal lifeguard who saved 77 lives but was unable to come up with a cogent AIDS policy.

What is evident are Davis’s refined writing abilities—something she has always aspired to achieve. Davis continues to be steady in her artistic expression as she blends irony, comedy, and tragedy with dreamy recollections of an ever-present past, even as she unravels her father’s loving but distant demeanor and her mother’s highly edited persona. With its depiction of her mother’s final difficulties and her father’s Alzheimer’s, Dear Mom and Dad turns into a story of forgiveness that achieves a level of redemption uncommon in modern memoirs.