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A letter from Erin McHugh, author of Like My Mother Always Said...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 11:23am

The following is a letter sent to us from Erin McHugh, author of the wonderful, witty, and hilarious new book Like My Mother Always Said... which is now available in hardcover.

And after the letter, learn how you can get yourself a free signed copy of the book...

Dear Kids,

And I do mean "Kids," no matter what your age. You're someone's son or daughter, because it just so happens that everyone has a mother. Everyone! And people tend to quote their moms, rely on their advice, and refer back to something she said probably more than they ever realize.

How do I know? Because that's exactly how my book came to be.

(Read more of Ms. McHugh's letter after the jump...)

I was staying overnight with a friend, and during my visit she said to me, "I know what book you should work on next. Three times since you've been here you've said, 'Like my mother always said...'"

I really didn't believe her. I asked what had said, because I never would have thought of myself as someone who quotes her mother. My mom has been gone over twenty years now, so it's not like I would be repeating an incident from yesterday. But she ticked off what I'd said, and I thought, Wow, I do do that. Without even realizing it, every day I'm leaning on, laughing at, and listening to my mom. And then I thought: What fun it would be to hear what everybody else's mother always said.

So I started asking my friends. And they asked their friends. Suddenly, I was getting quotes and stories from men and women I'd never met. Twitter, Facebook, people emailing their friends, so that soon I was hearing from folks all over who I'd never met. Funny stuff, sad stories, touching, loving anecdotes. And lots of nutty. Because, how can mothers get through it all without the nutty? It became a very long parlor game of "Top this!" -- and everybody wanted to play.

What kind of stuff did I hear, you might want to know. Well, here's a taste...

"When poverty comes in the window, love goes out the door."

"There are thousands of opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Use them."

Or the mother named Lee who said both, "It's good to get your first marriage over with," and "May is a good month for a facelift." (My first thought was, "Who gives this kind of advice to their kids?" And my second thought was, "I wonder if she's right?")

And oh! The unconditional love moms have for us, like: "There's a whole lotta love in a bowl of pasta."

Or what author Brad Meltzer's mom said... "When I think of my mom -- more than anything else . . . more than anything -- I think of the pure, immeasurable, almost crazy love she had for me. I remember the first time I gave her The Tenth Justice. It's my first published book. My first time ever putting real work out for anyone to see. I was terrified when she said she'd finished it. And then she looked right at me and said, "Bradley, I know I'm your mother, but I have to be honest with you. This book . . . is the greatest book of all time!"

Or how about the girl "gone wrong"...

My mom told me that if I didn't behave I would have to be sent to Miss Porter's School, which I thought must be a place for juvenile detention. I was confused to then hear that Jackie Kennedy had gone there and thought she must have really cleaned up her act since her childhood.

Plus, there were sweet, sweet reminisces:

It wasn't as much what my mom said as what she did. Mom had supreme faith in her husband, her children, her home, and her God. She wasn't a "writer," but she wrote every day, keeping a journal that chronicled what happened to her and her family in life and at home.

Mom believed in the benefit of the doubt and giving everyone a chance -- or at least a chance to explain. And she was forgiving enough to allow the comfort for you to return. There was always a place at her table to have something to eat and a chance to talk.

Well, you get the picture. I can guarantee that you'll laugh, you'll cry, and then you'll laugh some more. I think LIKE MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID: Wise Words, Witty Warnings, and Odd Advice We Never Forget is the perfect gift for Mother's Day. And I have a funny feeling you might, too. So Happy Mother's Day to everyone who has one -- or is one!

--Erin McHugh

Like My Mother Always Said... is now available in hardcover for $16.95.

And if you're close to Winnipeg, you can win a free signed copy of the book!
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...and you will be entered to win!

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> Contest closes this Friday, May 9th, at 10 am.
> Winners will be drawn at random on Friday morning, and contacted about their prize early that same afternoon.

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