You’ve known your mother all your life. Show her you were paying attention with this keepsake book, which allows you to reflect what you’ve seen back to her, one memory at a time. The book is structured with vignettes about the author’s mother, each followed by thoughtful and playful questions to serve as a springboard for your own memories. Quotations about moms add reflection and wit.
- Mom in the Home — Doing whatever she did to make a house a place that we loved to live in and want to return to.
- Mom in the World — She was our primary tour guide, into the neighborhood, and then beyond.
- Virtuous Mom– Sometimes it’s in her actions, and sometimes it’s in the things she touches.
- Playful Mom — In word and deed, she showed that there is a time for mirth.
- Educational Mom — We learn so much from mom, whether or not she knows she’s teaching.
- Mom: The Final Exam — It is a test, but everyone passes.
Laura Lynn Brown works at a newspaper in Little Rock, Ark. Her essay “Fifty Things About My Mother,” the catalyst for this book, won the 2013 Iowa Review Nonfiction Award and was printed in the journal, and reprinted in Slate in May 2014.
She grew up in eastern Ohio and was educated at Harding University (B.A. in English and journalism) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.F.A. in nonfiction). She enjoys playing Irish traditional music, drawing, paddling her kayak in gentle waters, and committing random acts of singing. Her blog, and links to her online writing elsewhere, can be found at lauralynnbrown.com