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If your mom has a sense of humor, Love, Mom by Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose may be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for this year. Collecting hundreds of never-before-seen submissions to the wonderful PostcardsFromYoMomma.com, the book is a compendium of notes, emails and IM conversations from moms to their college-aged and twenty-something children.
The messages cover every classic mother-child topic of conversation, including (but not limited to) sex, relationships, weddings, shopping, sickness, health, drugs, dressing right for cold weather, calling home once and a while and, of course, Dad. Perhaps the funniest chapter is the first, “Your Blob is So Funny and Clever”, which is all messages about blogs, IM slang, Facebook and all things computer-related that mom just can’t seem to get a handle on. Happily, the remaining chapters are just as strong and gut-bustingly funny. You can’t help but giggle at a mom passing along “the best article” she’s read about the risks of oral sex (y’know, just FYI), or recounting the digestive dilemmas of the cat. Sprinkled among the notes is commentary from the authors, “advice for moms”, and messages from celebrity moms and daughters.
As the authors write on Love, Mom‘s jacket, emails from moms are “the most fun to read when they’re from someone else’s mom.” I can’t recommend the book highly enough for mothers and their children to enjoy together. The book is a great reminder that our moms will always be our moms, and their messages are always sent meaning well – even if that part is sometimes lost in the translation into digital.
And Mom, if you read this – thanks for reading my “blob!” I’ll call home soon, I promise.
Love, Mom : Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, by Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose – 17.99 – Hardcover – ISBN 978-1-4013-2342-4 – Hyperion