- Series: Harvest/HBJ Book
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (March 20, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156563770
- ISBN-13: 978-0156563772
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mama's Bank Account (Harvest/HBJ Book) First Edition
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The stories are certainly heartwarming and uplifting, even though they will most likely appear old-fashioned to modern readers. Like many memoirs, some of the stories appear a bit too good to be strictly true. But a bit of story-shaping is to be expected with this type of book.
The book is quite short, being printed with large type and generous margins. I would expect the book to appeal to anyone interested in pleasant tales of life as it was in the United States one hundred years ago or anyone who is particularly interested in life in San Francisco during the period.
In a series of short, witty stories, Ms. Forbes takes the immigrant Mama and Papa and their American-born children through the years of the children's growing-up into their young adulthood. Despite its shortness, the book has unity over a long span of time --- long because measured by the children's growing up. One of the great strengths of this book is that Ms. Forbes shows how the children respond to Mama by becoming persons of integrity.
(I know there is a movie based on these stories, but I remember mainly the TV series of the 50's called "I Remember Mama". I wonder if the program is on DVD now.)
This book has so many sweet life lessons, and heartwarming stories of a wise, thoughtful, and purpose-driven mother. If you are a soon-to-be- mother, mother, or grandmother, it is a must read. I think it is a wonderful reminder to keep the goal in sight. Katrin's mother is not reactionary. She is careful in all of her disciplines and advice.