Moms are great, aren’t they? Mine reads The Collabor-eight multiple times a day: she’s our biggest fan. That being said, crazy mother stories are some of the funniest out there. Because everyone can relate to knowing a friend or relative that you love unconditionally, despite the crazy. So you can pretty much already guess what I thought of S’Mother: The Story of A Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him. This book by musician Adam Chester is a memoir told through the ridiculous notes his overprotective mother sent him throughout his adult years. the integration of Adam’s memories and his mother’s nonsense notes makes for a fresh take on the memoir genre.
Adam’s mom’s notes don’t give us a memoir on their own: rarely do they even relate to the milestones and news in Adam’s life. But that’s the funny part. One of my favorite moments of the story is when Adam tells his mother that he has gotten engaged and her follow up notes don’t even mention the news! Mom was more focused on avoiding sharks, muggings, and the sniffles. Well…I guess she means well.
Eat your vegetables, take a sweater. It’s nothing you haven’t heard from your parents before. But the context and the medium makes the story interesting. Ever gotten a letter from a relative mailed cross country to you, only to find out that the note’s about avoiding a nasal infection? Probably not-that’s why Adam’s mom is unique!
If you want to get a taste for the type of letters Adam writes about, you can check out S’motherboard, Adam’s blog. You’ll see the pictures and handwritten notes that accentuate Adam’s memoir. If you’re immediately hooked (likely.) and you want to dive deeper into the real story behind the letters, I’d definitely check out the actual book. It’s written in an extremely down-to-earth style that makes you feel as though you’re grabbing coffee with Adam and he’s sliding ridiculous postcards across the table for you to look at. Which is exactly the way a great memoir should be.