A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of A Lifetime

Book - 2015
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"In a return to the bighearted storytelling that made him a star NPR correspondent, [Simon] pays full tribute to the ex-showgirl who...taught her only son to be honest, kind, and entertaining. Be assured, tears will fall."-- People Magazine

"In his poignant, funny, intimate memoir of his last days with [his mother], Simon reflects on... the preciousness that death gives to life and the endless resonance of love."--Laura Hillenbrand, author of UNBROKEN

UNFORGETTABLE is a son's spirited, affecting, and inspiring tribute to his remarkable mother and the love between parent and child.

When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's evocative and moving meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love.

UNFORGETTABLE expands on those famous tweets to create a memoir that is rich, deeply affecting, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating. His mother was a glamorous woman of the Mad Men-era; she worked in nightclubs, modeled, dated mobsters and movie stars, and was a brave single parent to young Scott Simon. Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781250061133
Characteristics: viii, 244 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 25, 2017

I wish I had been reading this when my mother-in-law was in her final illness. It is a lovely book.

Apr 30, 2017

A childhood that was somewhat bohemian resulted in a very close and loving mother/son relationship. The writer thrived and was loved by an array of characters that enriched his life. In return he loved them, and especially his mother. This is a beautiful tribute to his beautiful mother.

Nov 18, 2015

A loving memoir by a loving son about his mother. Very touching and funny at the same time.

Jun 08, 2015

A beautiful memoir of a mother and son and their very strong loving relationship. The author stayed in the ICU, and then in palliative care, with his mother in the days before she died, and as someone who did the same with my mother, I felt his book was loving, generous and a tribute to the beauty of both life and death.

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