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Who Killed Mom?: A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality, and Very Tacky Candles

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A Globe & Mail Top 100 Selection

One of Canada's funniest writers, Steve Burgess, tackles his mother's life and death in a profound, entertaining story.

Memoir, biography, and outrageous comedy make for a perfect blend in the debut book from acclaimed writer. Telling the tale of his mother's life and death, and along the way laying bare his own struggles as a troubled t
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by Greystone Books
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elisabeth
Aug 26, 2012 elisabeth added it
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Who Killed Mom? is a lovely story - a memoir illustrating not just a special woman but a distinct place and a specific time. While the author, Steve Burgess describes the rotten things he did as a youth that no doubt led to sleepless nights for his mother, it is not a story of tragedy and despite the title, not a mystery. It is really a love letter to his mother, and to his family. It made me laugh and cry and laugh and relate. It resonated with me because of my own relationship with my parents. ...more
Jennifer
I ejnoyed it but I don't agree with the blurb on the back cover which says that it's the story of an extraordinary life. I think it's the story of an ordinary life told well.
Karen
This memoir is a great piece of Canadiana, with lots of comedy and drama thrown in. As a mother, reading this is ever so satisfying, as the author shows how many times his mom communicated with him, without ever saying " I told you so ". His love and respect for her, and his dad, shine through the many hilarious episodes of family moments. Sometimes you read a memoir, and think "I could write that!" but this book was so well researched, and well written that I never thought that at all. Best of ...more
Tamar
Don't read this unless you want to mire yourself in thoughts about death and dying. Or if you're already mired and just need company then it's a really good choice.
Patricia
I loved this book. Warm, witty, well written, open and direct. It held my interest to it's inevitable end. I want more from this author.
Kathleen Schmitt
Steve Burgess gives a hilarious and poignant story of life with his mother, Joan Burgess. A wonderful memoir.
Erika
Nice memoir about growing up in Western Canada, family, and death and dying.
Shadoh
see 'who killed mom'
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