The Tie That Binds

Why daughters need to mend the relationship with their mother--now

"I write books that I need," says best-selling author Iris Krasnow, 51. Her first book, Surrendering to Motherhood, grew out of her decision to give up a globetrotting reporting job with United Press International to stay home with her four young children. Likewise, her latest, I Am My Mother's Daughter: Making Peace with Mom--Before It's Too Late (Basic), grew out of her rocky relationship with her mother Helene. TIME's ANDREA SACHS got together with Krasnow.

You write about the emotional impact your mother's declining health has had on you. How is she doing now?

She's on her last leg, literally. Two...

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