Mother, Can You Not?

Mother, Can You Not?

by Kate Siegel


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ISBN-13: 9781101907047
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 259,812
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

KATE SIEGEL is a writer and a social media guru who started the hit Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post,Cosmo,,, in People Magazine, and on ABC Nightline and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She previously served as an associate producer for Condé Nast Entertainment, overseeing digital video for Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker Festival, Condé Nast Traveler, and SELF. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Kate studied English, creative writing, and theater at Princeton University. Her one act play Sam the Man, was a winner of the Sondheim Young Playwright’s Inc. Competition and was produced at their annual New York showcase. The play was also selected by the Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival, and received a full production at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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It’s Kate Elinore Friedman-Siegel, Bitch

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

It's Kate Elinore Friedman-Siegel, Bitch 17

Because Cancer 33

Green Eggs and Sperm 43

My First Fake ID 55

I Am Woman 65

"Sing Out, Louise!" 77

The Pound Diaries 91

Stalking 101 105

Dr. Who (Ha) 119

Do Not Open Unless You Want to Cry 131

Happy Birthday, Spawn! 145

Keeping Up with the Friedman-Siegels 161

Listen to Your Mother 175

The Castrator 187

Hurricane Kim 201

Rabbi Hunting 215

Buff Boys 229

#Crazy Jewish Mom 241

Acknowledgments 251

Credits 255

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read and I lost more than a little sleep. My biggest problem . . . It was too damn short. I could have continued reading about the funny antics the family gets into. Kate does a great justice to her mother, in the fact that she shows the many ways we all can somehow relate to the fact the love our 'helicopter' mom's are just looking out for us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly amazing. A wonderful read that will have you laughing out loud and reminiscing. My mother never publicly discussed my lady parts, but Siegel perfectly captures the complex dynamic of a mother/daughter relationship with humor and grace. Reading this book makes me want to give my Mom a huge hug and thank her for all the embarrassing harassment she 'tortured' me with growing up. True love and devotion. And the @crazyjewishmom account is truly hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been following @crazyjewishmom for about a year and every time I see a new post I laugh and tag my friends !! I preordered this book and was so excited to read it ! I finished it within a few hours! It's amazing and to see the relationship they have as mother and daughter is incredible . I only put the book down when it was time to go to sleep. As a new writer she did a great job and I love how they took baby snowflake Jr aka buster home and nursed home and nursed him back to life ! ! There were so many laughs when reading this book. I hope there are more to come and your dad the trouble he gets in with your mom LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been following her on Instagram and she's funny. Her posts translate well to her writing and she has found her niche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly funny book. Never missed my mother so much. Thank you for the laughter mixed with tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. I can not wait to see what comes next.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I've been following crazyjewishmom on Instagram for a while now and it always makes me smile. I love both Kate's mortified reaction to her mom's comments and her mom's awesome off the cuff remarks. So when I saw (on Instagram) that a book was coming out, I put it on my wishlist. And Mother, Can You Not? did not disappoint. It was hilarious. I read this book as a collection of quirky, hilarious stories that never failed to make me grin. For a while it was my companion in the bubble bath. Soon I found myself reading aloud some of the chapters to my own daughter and laughing with her. I even started recounting some of the stories to my girlfriends (who immediately reacted by saying, "Wait, who did this?"). Not only does she have a great sense of humour, Kate Siegel is a gifted writer. Her style is open and honest. I felt like I was listening to one of my girlfriends tell me about her quirky mom. And, of course, I finished the book thinking that these are MY kind of people. But more than that I very much enjoyed Kate's style as a writer. She has the kind of voice that draws the reader in (think Meg Cabot). I hope to see much more from her! Mother, Can You Not? is the perfect book to gift a friend, share with a colleague or just treat yourself to. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now my favorite book. It is very well written and it is HILARIOUS. Almost the entire time spent I spent reading this book, I was laughing. I followed their Instagram account (@crazyjewishmom) and saw some of the story develop. I found this story comforting and interesting. I read it over, and over, and over again and I wouldn't want that any other way. I highly recommend this book and Kate Siegel went through so much living through the stories, and the least you should do is buy the book. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. If you're looking for an easy, fun, light hearted, laugh until you cry read. This book is for you! I read the entire thing in less than 3-ish hours, and loved every page. My two mistakes were 1. Reading it too quickly, I was so sad when it was over, and 2. Reading it in public (at an airport and on a plane). I found myself laughing out loud again and again, and glancing up to confused stares. There's an Instagram post on @CrazyJewishMom about how Kim was reading the book in public places laughing out loud to encourage book sales... all I can say is she may have been doing it as part of her "drone parenting," but for me it honestly happened. I found myself telling people about the Instagram page, and how they have to follow her account and MUST buy the book. After the chapter about stealing the cat Kim Friedman became my hero, and I'm impressed with Kate Siegel she clearly loves and values both her parents and she took a brave chance quitting her job to follow her dream and tell stories that are so crazy they can only be true! Seriously just buy the book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been follow @crazyjewishmom since their article on buzzfeed. Naturally I preordered the book. And I was not disappointment. So funny!! It actually made me yearn for a mother daughter relationship like this. It's wonderful that Kate can see all the love her mom has for her instead of just the crazy lol. My only complaint is that it's so short. We got only a glimpse and a few anecdote. I would love to see more of Kate and Kim. Sequel?!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was literally laughing out loud several times while reading this book! I couldn't put it down. I am an avid follower of @crazyjewishmom on Instagram and love reading the banter between the two. The book was fantastically written and made me want more! I kept wishing for more. I also kept wondering in the back of my head what Kate's father's point of view was on a lot of this...would love to have a sequel with his thoughts added in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I follow CrazyJewishMom on Instagram and laugh so much so of course, I had to get the book! I loved it and it only took me 2 days to read! I laughed hard throughout the book and really envy their relationship! Mothers and daughters could learn from these two! Awesome read!
LexiConMan More than 1 year ago
One of the FUNNIEST books I've read! I have a sister (and a mother, of course) and the banter between these two makes me homesick! (and a little sick, sick!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVE this book!! Its so funny and well written! I've been following Kate on Social Media for a while and think she is fantastic!! I will be recommending this book to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I didnt know what to expect when I purchased it, but it turned out to be a hilarious and easy read. Very relatable for any woman with an overbearing mom.