Alyse Myers

Alyse Myers

Alyse Myers is vice president, Brand Programs for The New York Times. She was responsible for launching major promotional programs and events such as the Great Read in the Park, Arts & Leisure Weekend, Sunday with the Magazine, and the TimesTalk speaker series. She also created the Great Summer Read book insert program. She was the chairman of New York Is Book Country. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

"Here's a book so honest it won't let you off the hook. You may not realize it during the early pages, but it's a book about love. Indeed, it's a story where love is redefined, and even though it traces the sometimes unbearable relationship of mother and daughter, there are insights here for all of us. And the writing is masterly, taut, honest, and strangely satisfying." —Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? is now available in paperback.


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Who Do You Think You Are?

After her mother's death, Alyse Myers covets only one thing: a wooden box that sits in the back of a closet. Its contents have been kept from her for her entire life. When she was thirteen years old her mother promised she could have the box, "when I'm dead. In fact, it'll be my present to you."

Growing up in Queens in the 1960s and '70s, Alyse always yearned for more in life, while her mother settled for an unhappy marriage, an unsatisfying job, and ultimately a joyless existence. Her father drifts in and out of their home. There are harrowing fights, abject cruelty, and endless uncertainty. Throughout her childhood Alyse adamantly rejects everything about her mother's lifestyle, leaving her mother to ask "Who do you think you are?"

A personal portrait of a mother and daughter, Who Do You Think You Are? explores the profound and poignant revelations that so often can come to light only after a parent has died. Balancing childhood memories with adult observations, Alyse Myers creates a riveting and deeply moving narrative.

(Touchstone, May 2008)