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

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Memoir, biography, and outrageous comedy make for a perfect blend in the debut book from acclaimed writer Steve Burgess. Telling the tale of his mother's life and death, and along the way laying bare his own life and struggles, Burgess renders a memorable and deeply moving meditation on life and family.

The author's mother, Joan, barely survived her thirteenth birthday: a r
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Greystone Books (first published March 21st 2011)
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elisabeth
Nov 19, 2011 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
May 11, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
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.
R.C.A. Nixon
May 24, 2015 R.C.A. Nixon rated it it was amazing
Throughout this marvellous love song to motherhood the author frequently reminds us how ordinary his own mother was. At first I made the mistake of agreeing with him, since his mother’s story is not much different than that of my own Mom. But about a third of a way through I realized I had been caught in a trap. For in his tender yet hilarious telling of this so-called ordinary life, Steve Burgess reveals how extraordinary all mothers are. Even the most flawed of them, his villainous Grandma, i ...more
Karen
Mar 25, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
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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
Kathleen Schmitt
Nov 10, 2012 Kathleen Schmitt rated it really liked it
Steve Burgess gives a hilarious and poignant story of life with his mother, Joan Burgess. A wonderful memoir.
Tamar
Apr 05, 2012 Tamar rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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.
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