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Linda Carroll’s memoir Her Mother’s Daughter documents both her strained relationship with her adoptive mother and her struggle to forge a stronger bond with her own daughter. But the “Will she succeed?” suspense that often propels such tales evaporates when we learn that Carroll’s daughter is rocker Courtney Love. There are, however, tons of telling childhood tidbits about the Hole frontwoman: Love once hugged a puppy so hard she broke one of its legs, dreamed up an imaginary Swedish friend who fed her sweets and then bullied her, drew pictures of bloodied bodies at her first and only Brownie meeting, set fire to her mother’s Catholic-school mementos, and trolled adult bookstores—all before the age of 10. As one might imagine, Carroll didn’t exactly succeed in becoming BFF with her kid—Love doesn’t exactly come off as a mama’s girl—but her book does leave us rooting for the clan of women and hoping that their cycle of dysfunction will be broken with Frances Bean Cobain. Carroll reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Sarah Godfrey)