About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother

About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother

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A Message from Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Guy: Just to be clear, About My Mother is a book about my grandmother, written by my mother. That’s not to say it’s not about my mother—it is. In fact, About My Mother is as much about my mother as it is about my grandmother. In that sense, it’s really a book about “mothers.”

…It is not, however, a book written by me. True, I did write the foreword. But it doesn’t mean I’ve written a book about my mother. I haven’t. Nor does it mean my mother’s book is about her son. It isn’t. It’s about my grandmother. And my mother. Just to be clear.—Mike

A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cry—and see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor. But Thelma could be your mother—there’s a Thelma in everyone’s life. She’s the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today, Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictator—albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning—Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, the genteel-yet-still-controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters. Good luck.

When major league baseball came to town in the early 1950s and turned sophisticated Thelma into a crazed Baltimore Orioles groupie, nobody was more surprised and embarrassed than Peggy. Life became a series of compromises—Thelma tolerating a daughter who pitched manure and galloped the countryside, while Peggy learned to tolerate the whacky Orioles fan who threw her underwear at the television, shouted insults at umpires, and lived by the orange-and-black schedule taped to the refrigerator door.

Sometimes it takes a little distance to appreciate the people we love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948677165
Publisher: Forefront Books
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 18,542
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Author - Peggy Rowe

After a brief teaching career, Peggy Rowe was a stay-at-home mom to three sons: Mike, Scott, and Phil. She began writing in her 60s and has been published in newspapers and magazines since 2002. On a regular basis, Peggy contributes humorous texts, letters, and essays to Mike Rowe's social media page. She now has millions of followers. Having been blessed with rich material her entire life, she has finally produced her first book after a mere 80 years. Peggy lives in Baltimore with her husband of 57 years, John.

Mike Rowe is one of three sons born to John and Peggy Rowe, both teachers. He is a television host and narrator known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and the CNN series Somebody’s Gotta Do It. He hosts a Facebook series called Returning the Favor in which he finds people doing good deeds and does something for them in return. He also hosts the podcast The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe, which he describes as “short stories designed specifically for the curious mind plagued with a short attention span.” Rowe has narrated programs for the Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and National Geographic Channel such as Deadliest Catch, How the Universe Works, and Shark Week.

Table of Contents

Foreword x

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! 1

Home Fires 15

Only the Good Stuff 22

Facing the Music 28

Miss Blevins 36

Ahead of Her Time 45

The Christmas Conspiracy 48

Just the Two of Us 54

Religion and Horses 61

Family: For Better or Worse 72

Paradise Found 88

Moving On 106

New Territory 114

Up in Smoke: Marriage and the Family 127

Bragging Rights 141

Our Christmas Close-up 146

The Day Mom and I Ate at the White House 151

The Rascal Scooter 159

A Whole New Ballgame: The Most Exciting Day of Mom's Life 163

Epilogue 170

Family Remembrances 171

Discussion Questions for Book Clubs Marjie Rowe 173

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About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories were a lovely accumulation of family love, strength and fond memories. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully told stories that stir one's own memories of simpler times and loving mothers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt and poignant, a must read for every mother and daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book, can’t wait to buy it on my nook to finish reading it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
loved+every+chapter
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Enjoyed the story
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I loved the book and found it heart warming and funny.
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