I'm a writer and editor. My essays and reported features have appeared in the New York Times, New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Slate and many other publications. I was formerly a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and daughter and my permanent fascinations include true crime, powerful ladies, and bears.
This was a gift from one of my grown daughters, and how appropriate! Emails have become the primary form of communication today for a lot of us since most people have become so busy with family, career, and are always on the go; there's not always time for a catching-up telephone call. Some of these are sweet, some make absolutely no sense, some give advice or note the goings-on of the day, and others are just, well, emails.
Be sure to buy the hardcover instead of the Kindle edition. The quality of the paper, 6" x 7" size, and different fonts make it a very special eye-catching book, suitable for a coffee or end table for just picking up and browsing.
Reading these emails is somewhat like taking a tour through "cyberspace," circa the 1990's. In many of these notes, moms make goofy allusions to various forms of technology. In others, they find new and invasive ways of keeping up with their children. Some are very short and sweet, and others reveal things that moms might not be able to share with their adult kids in any other form. It's a perfect gift for a mom (or grandmother, even), but what's genius about it is that even the most tech-savvy blogger type will also get a chuckle or five out of these motherly mash notes. You're very likely to recognize your own mom in these emails...or be grateful you were spared some of these probing "I've been reading your blog" type notes.
Fans of Postcards from Yo Mamma and new readers will enjoy this; seeing all the entries together is a reminder that checking up on one's kids is pretty universal, as is mothers not letting propriety or anything else stop them from having their say.
I bought this book as a Mother's Day present. My mom had never heard of it -- like many of the mothers in this book, she is not too hip to the Internet (outside of YouTube and checking her email that is) -- but she loves it now. I can tell because she keeps laughing aloud as she reads and saying, "See, it's not just me!" She thinks it's hysterical, but at the same time the nature of the book, that it looks into other people's relationships with their mother, gives her a new advantage whenever we argue. She can point to the book and say, "I'm not that bad!"
The gist: if you have a mother, or mother figure, buy this book. Unless you're quite argumentative and don't want to lose, that is.
I loved this little collection of email exchanges between mothers and their kids (mostly daughters). They're funny, poignant, or sometimes even harsh, never contrived but always an honest expression of their relationships.
There's nothing negative about the book, just... well... it's not all that good either.
This book reminds me of a "blockbuster" movie. You know those movies you go to see where they put all the good parts in the ads, and then the rest of it feels like filler? That's a good description for this book. Most of the funniest bits are quoted verbatim in the introduction for each chapter, and then restated later in the chapter. The rest is sweet but unfulfilling, like too much diet soda.
Need to shut your brain off totally? This will do. Want to belly laugh? It might happen once. The rest of the book would make a good addition to your dentist's waiting room.
I actually gave this book to my two early forties offspring, one male and one female, on Mother's Day as I thought it would be enjoyable for them to reflect upon the universality of its content. They LOVED it! As for myself as a much older parent than what seems to be the ages of most who were "quoted", I could have done without some of the verbiage. Would I recommend it? Most definitly. It is a fun read and rings quite true for the most part.