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Who Killed Mom?: A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality, and Very Tacky Candles Paperback – Mar 21 2011
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"Who Killed Mom? more closely resembles a poignant, darkly humorous but very loving memoir of [Steve Burgess'] parents, his mom especially, and the kids who had to let her go, not an easy thing to do. I found it hard to let her go too." (Toronto Star 2011-05-06)
"Not only are there no murders, but Burgess has managed to pull off a memoir that dwells not on dysfunction and disaster but on the everyday experiences of a refreshingly happy and ordinary family...Burgess has a way with one-liners, and it comes in handy as he gets ready to face the death of his beloved mother. As they say, you have to laugh." (Winnipeg Free Press 2011-04-16)
"This is no treacly memoir. Like a Garrison Keillor of the Canadian prairies, Burgess writes funny, unfiltered observations, anecdotes and character descriptions that flow naturally and make for an engaging story of his life to date. His first book is a great effort after almost 20 years in the freelance trenches, a very funny book worthy of a Leacock Medal for Humour." (D. Grant Black Globe & Mail 2011-04-19)
"It's a heartfelt, but funny, portrait of the author's mother...Burgess writes with candor and humour about his family and their circle. He's also merciless when revealing his own faults." (Uptown Magazine 2011-04-21)
"One would hardly expect to guffaw through a memoir that examines the aging of a parent, her declining health, her loss of independence, and inevitably, her death. But such is the case with Who Killed Mom? A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality and Very Tacky Candles, author Steve Burgess's sobering -- and yes, hilarious -- new book, as indicated by the somewhat cheeky subtitle."(Prairie Books NOW 2011-09-01)
"...a poignant, loving and darkly humourous memoir."(Toronto Star 100 Books of 2011 2011-12-03)
"In this witty and compassionate debut, Canadian broadcaster Burgess examines the life and death of his mother, Joan, and his own supposed role in her demise...Burgess honestly highlights the great ruthlessness of familial love, and the power of humor and storytelling to cope with life and death." (Publisher's Weekly 2012-04-16)
"A touching -- if decidedly and deliberately offbeat -- family memoir...Expect to encounter laughs and tugs on the heartstrings in pretty much equal amounts." (Booklist 2012-03-05)
"Burgess's tale is part memoir, part autobiography, and part who-done-it and all-over fantastic...a fine work of serious literary value." (San Francisco Book Review 2012-06-29)
About the Author
Steve Burgess is a writer and broadcater whose honours include two Canadian National Magazine awards. Burgess is the former host of @the end, a nationally broadcast talk show on CBC Newsworld, and a frequent CBC Radio guest host. Burgess' stories have been featured in Reader's Digest editions around the world, as well as Maclean's, the Globe & Mail, and other publications. Who Killed Mom? is his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
Going beyond his usual razor wit and inimitable observations, Who Killed Mom also has a level of depth and humility that is refreshing in today's 'me-first' culture. Funny and tearful, heartbreaking and uplifting, crushing and hopeful, this is much more than a simple narrative of a loving mother and the effect she had on the family she raised and loved. It also delves into the question of what makes us who we are, the heartbreak of the ultimate goodbye and how the bitter-sweet pain of the circle of life can provide an ironic sense of strength and inspiration to carry on. A beautiful, compelling, hilarious biography/memoir, it is a must read for anyone who has ever had the experience of being part of a family.
I did laugh; I did cry; and I do recommend this book to anyone with a family.
Most recent customer reviews
I've given this as a gift.
This amusing memoir reads quickly and made me laugh out loud. it' san entertaining glimpse into someone's family life.
This book just got better and better. The last couple of chapters were golden. Who Killed Mom made me think of what it will be like for me in another 20-30 years when my kids... Read morePublished on June 4 2011 by Grant Ainsley
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