The Story of A Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him

Book - 2011
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
And you think your mom is too involved? Meet the mother of all mothers.

Adam Chester is the son of a very loving mom, who for almost 30 years has peppered his life with unsolicited advice, news updates, and opinions in the form of thousands of inappropriate, embarrassing, and utterly crazy letters. S'Mother is a hilarious memoir based on this correspondence showing the pathological extremes maternal instincts can take. Why is a grown woman so frantic that her adult son screw on his windows to keep out killer bees? And are adult trick-or-treaters really that much of a threat? Adam saved his mom's letters as proof this all happened and reproduces many of them in the book. And now, with time, perspective, and plenty of therapy, he acknowledges and accepts the comedy of it all and is proud to share his story with you, if for no other reason than to make you feel better about your own mother.

Praise for S'Mother:

"When your mother continues to advise you on everything under the sun and then some more than thirty years after you've flown the proverbial coop, you're gonna feel a bit smothered. When the advice comes in the form of letters that at best are embarrassing and at worst downright insane, well, you've either gotta capitalize on it or go insane yourself. Thankfully, the Miami Beach-born Adam Chester chose the former, and his book S'Mother (Abrams Image) is a most peculiarly endearing way to celebrate Mother's Day." 
-NBC Miami

Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, c2011
ISBN: 9780810996458
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 C4261s 2011
Characteristics: 170 p. : ill. 21 cm


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bookfanatic1979 Oct 09, 2013

Reading this as a daughter, not a mother, makes me wonder what a parent’s take on this book would be. Of course, being the “child” I tend to sympathize more with Adam—even as I recognize and smile at Joan’s obvious love and concern for him. But those on the other side, the parents,…I wonder if they are more on Joan’s wavelength.


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