S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him by Adam Chester, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him

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

by Adam Chester
     
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Stephen Lowman
Chester's mom drives him crazy, but she'll have you convulsing with laughter…At first, it's tempting to categorize Joan as one of the more enduring stock characters in the world of parenthood: Overprotective Jewish Mother. But, rightfully, Chester doesn't sell his mother short. She is "completely bats," and he has saved nearly 30 years worth of letters to prove it.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
This odd collection of letters written to Adam Chester by his mother, Joan, will likely entice anyone whose parents are on the eccentric side. Adam highlights some of the most curious letters his mother has sent him, accompanying each piece of correspondence with biting commentary. Some of the letters are amusing, others are tender, many are bizarre. As a narrator, his zeal and mockery of his mother feels excessive and makes listening an uncomfortable experience. As a preface to almost every letter, he disparages Joan. Then she, in her flat and raspy voice, reads the offending letter. The decision to use actual mother and son as co-narrators may have seemed endearing, but listening proves more depressing than entertaining. An Abrams Image hardcover. (May)
From the Publisher

"...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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810996458
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet 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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