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Amy's Answering Machine: Messages from Mom
Does your mother call you in a panic whenever there's a storm warning for your area? Does she act as though it's her duty to alert you to every health story on the news? Have you ever been briefly out of touch with your mother only to find she's phoned everyone short of the National Guard to track you down -- or, just maybe, are you that mother?Take comfort in knowing you' ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Atria
(first published April 3rd 2000)
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Jun 22, 2007 Zoe rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with overprotective mothers and/or answering machines
If you're looking for a really quick read (under an hour or so), this is the book for you. It's a quirky little collection of answering machine messages from Amy's overprotective Jewish mother and Amy's anecdotes about/responses to the messages. Funny, I guess, but it fell a little flat to me.
Eh, I bought this book because of the title mainly...and it looked funny. It is mildly amusing in parts, but not so much, mostly bitching about her yenta mom. The best part about it was that it is a really short read. Borrow it maybe, if you feel you must. I wouldn't buy it if I had it to do over, and I would never read it again.
Funny and charming! These are the real life answering machine messages left by Amy's very overprotective mother who frets constantly about her daughter's health, love life, and well-being. The messages are comical. For example, Mom warns Amy about wearing certain colors while she's walking down the hallway to throw her trash in the trash chute because she could be mistaken for a gangster. She tries valiantly to make sure Amy is aware of every possible danger out there in the world no matter how ...more
Ok, I could have done without this one. I read the first few pages and then relisted it on PBS. I heard about this book years ago, and actually listened to the author on a talk show once. She is VERY funny, and so is her subject matter. But I got the book to give to my mom for Christmas and it is NOT a good mom-gift book. Although it is very funny there’s too much ‘mom-slamming’ for me. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it more.
Sep 06, 2007 Meredith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people/neurotic jewish mothers
This book you can read in about 30 minutes. It's really short and cute with lots of comic drawings. I could relate to some of the things that Amy and her mom dealt with but sometimes I felt like it was way exaggerated. No one's mom would tell them not to wear their red bathrobe because they might be mistaken as part of a gang. Cute, easy read. Would recommend it if you have 30 minutes to laugh a little.
This is just a really short funny book about the crazy messages her mother leaves on her answering machine. I could relate to some of it (though my mom prefers face to face). It's more of a novelty book than an actual story. Just something you can pick up from time to time and get a quick chuckle.
Sometimes you just need a chance to laugh--and I do at this book!! Even more, I enjoy actually listening to the recordings which you can listen to as well. I can laugh at the good, if not divine, intentions I understand now as a mother. For whatever reason, this book tickled my funny bone.....
I actually listened to the audiobook after hearing one of the stories on NPR. HYSTERICAL! The CD has the actual machine messages from her mom. What makes them so incredibly funny is not only her mom's messages, but the earnestness/seriousness in which her mom speaks.