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Mom, the Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs
Nationally bestselling author, James Michael Pratt, pays tribute to all mothers through the powerful memories of his own mother - a typical everyday Mom. Jim's stories bring back memories of our own childhood interactions with Mom and the important values that she tried so hard to instill in our lives. James Michael Pratt writes: "Oatmeal might not literally stick to ribs, ...more
Hardcover, 123 pages
Published May 7th 2004 by Shadow Mountain
(first published February 1st 2004)
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I expected this to be more of a tribute to motherhood in general like All Moms Go To Heaven, which I enjoyed. Instead, it was a collection of memories from the author's life. Some of them were only loosely related to his mom. It might be more interesting for someone of the author's generation because the memories would be nostalgic. However, it didn't really touch me in any way.
I admit I couldn't keep reading. I couldn't make myself feel interested. Got to the third chapter and asked myself what the point was in reading it. Couldn't find it. My original intention was to 1) increase my appreciation for my own mother and 2) look for some clues to being a better mother myself. It didn't really happen.
I read this for one of my book clubs but found it very poorly written. The book is the reflections of James Pratt on his upbringing and the influence his mother had on him. Though he had some interesting stories and insights, he failed to convey them in a meaningful way. I felt the book was shallow and a little mushy. It is a fast read and only 100 pages but not worth the time.