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S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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"...hilarious...just what the jester ordered...This book serves as an absurdist reminder to all of us to turn down the throbbing bass on our angst." - North Shore News

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About the Author

Adam Chester works as a professional composer and singer-songwriter who is employed as the official "surrogate Elton John." (Adam sits in as Elton John, playing piano and singing while rehearsing his band for various appearances.) Based in Los Angeles, he is married and has two boys. His mom lives about 20 minutes away and still writes Adam at least four times a month.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After finishing this book, I'm convinced that every person has at least one Joan Chester in their family tree. Kudos to her son Adam for having the foresight to save her nutty letters and share with us his hilarious adventures with his mom. Roughly around Chapter 2, I lost count at how many times I'd literally laughed out loud. From her intrusion into the boys locker room in Junior High School to her ever-present obsession with tetanus shots, Adam's mom's antics (and the sharp witted, self-deprecating way Adam recounts these experiences) reminds us all of that crazy love we've been smothered with by a well meaning, yet slightly off-balance relative. Now if you'll excuse me, I have the overwhelming urge to call my mother....
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Adam tells his life story through the wacko letters that he has received from his mother throughout the years in a completely entertaining and altogether hysterical fashion. Her letters alone are laugh-out-loud comical, but his interpretations of them are equally funny. In what must have been a somewhat cathartic exercise for Adam, he reveals to us just what it is like to live with the epitome of over-protection and neurosis. I had what I thought was an over-protective Mom as well, but she couldn't hold a candle to Joan!

A thoroughly engrossing and hysterical missive - I recommend it highly!
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I thought I had crazy relatives?? (well..yes..yes they ARE). But he WINS!! This was so very funny and so easy(sadly)to identify with. Love, love it.
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What a delightful book! Who hasn't had some similar communication from a parent? Although this poor guy seems to have been hit by a veritable hail storm of them. The book is hilarious and human, revealing all the warts of this most basic, primal relationship without slipping into pathos or simple mean-spiritedness. Excellent!
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Adam Chester's mom is a little crazy. His dad died when he was young, so he's all she's got. When he went away to college she started writing lots of letters...and he saved them all. This book includes actual copies of the letters and newspaper clippings she's sent him over the years.

When you first start to read her letters, she just seems like a normal overprotective mom with possibly some boundary issues. But the more you read, you realize this woman is over the top. Among other things, she's paranoid. Her main message seems to be "don't trust ANYONE." The letters get even crazier toward the end of the book. Depending on your perspective, you will find the letters funny, sad, scary, or a combination thereof. But also by the end of the book, you get to know Adam and his mom even better, and you realize that even though she seems crazy, she is coming from a place of love.

Recommended for overprotective moms, and children of overprotective moms.

(I received this book from NetGalley for review.)
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The story of Adam's mother - amplified by true artifacts - is a fantastic accompaniment to Adam's story of growing, leaving, changing, trying, succeeding, dating, breaking, making, and ultimately staking claim in a family of his own. It's comical how one can see so much of themselves, their own mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles in the far-out antics of the unmistakable Ms. Joan Chester. (Don'tcha just wanna give her a hug?)

That's it for now. My mom's calling...
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In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I know (slightly) Adam Chester. The good news is, after reading Adam's book, I have never met his mother! I also must admit that I bought the book out of 'buddy obligation."

MAN, AM I GLAD I DID!

The book is absolutely hysterical and most of the hysteria comes from the way Adam weaves his collected letters into a narrative that both makes you feel sorry for the guy *and* wishing you had the joy of being on the receiving end of such maternal, neurotic nonsense! Adam's style makes it way more than a simple 'collection' of letters from a crazy (loving) mother and into a heartwarming, absolutely funny and often times humorously disturbing tale of a mother's (overbearing) love for her son.

4 stars on its own and one more for being waaaay more than I ever expected!
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This is a great, easy read with laugh out loud pages! Adam's tolerance of Joan's (his Mom's) behavior and communication is super human. Joan's maternal protectiveness is over the top. There is a little bit of Joan in all of us Moms, I suppose. What comes through all the craziness is that this mother and son love each very much. This is an honestly funny read -- recommended for any Mom or any son.
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