"Amber Lea Starfire's book is one hell of a ride!" ~ Moonbridge Books

Not the Mother I Remember tells the story of a sensitive girl raised by an exceptional and unconventional woman during a time of social change.  

A stirring narrative told from three unique perspectives unlocks the story of an extraordinary relationship. 

With the unexpected discovery of a cardboard box of journals and letters, Amber realizes she's been given a rare chance to unlock the enigma that had been her mother—but will her mother’s writings reveal the woman she remembers, or someone else altogether? 

This striking memoir gradually exposes the true nature of a dynamic mother and daughter relationship.

"Anyone who grew up in the 1960s will appreciate Starfire's unflinchingly honest look at a confusing, if ultimately liberating, era for women." ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Story Circle Book Reviews ~

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"I read a lot of memoirs, but this interweaving of mother and daughter perspectives is one of the most satisfying I've ever read. Without a doubt." Amazon.com Vine Voice 

Amber Lea Starfire is an author, teacher and freelance editor in Napa, California. Her work has appeared nationally in anthologies and editorial publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Education from Stanford University.