Every family has its dysfunctional moments, right? Of course they do! First-time author Ron Stokes has compiled a collection of "laugh out loud" funny family stories and personal remembrances from the sixties and seventies that might just conjure up some of your own family "secrets." If so, the author assumes no liability for professional therapy needed as a result of uncovering these repressed memories. P.S. Hey kids! Want to know some of the crazy stuff your parents did when they were your age? Read this "Mother" if you dare.
Reading “Mother is Different” must be what it’s like to drink a beer with Ron Stokes. Actually, it’s more like having three good beers with Ron Stokes, and probably … I don’t know … maybe five light (sorry, “lite”) beers with Ron Stokes. You know how you can drink a beer and then leave? Or drink two, and then leave? But how when you drink three, you don’t want to leave? And how is sucks if there are only three beers and you have to stop anyway – you know how that is? That’s how it is to read “Mother is Different” – like drinking three good beers and then suddenly it’s over and you have to stop but you’re not ready to stop. I wish Ron would write another book. Five … heck, make it six beers’ worth. I’m not driving.
This book is laugh out loud funny. If you liked the Wonder Years, you'll love this book. A hearty slice of Americana served up with a side of humor and a shot of sarcasm. Easy read! I couldn't put it down once I started. You will definitely like this vivid trip down memory lane!
I have a stack of half-read books by my bed. Not that the books were bad mind you, it's just that I am way too impatient to read an entire book unless it is truly amazing. I find myself reading halfway through, putting it down, and then never returning to it. While Stokes book was a short read, I found myself wanting more, much more! The book was thoughtful and touching, but it was also very funny. Stokes has a great sense of humor! Being the same age as Stokes, as I read the book, I found myself drifting back into the 70's and remembering many funny, and not so funny, things I had completely forgotten about. Thanks Ron for jogging my memory! I know there has to be many more stories to include in Mother is Different and Other Family Secrets "Part Two"...I really hope that Stokes will continue the saga with another book.
A hilarious, literally laugh out loud collection of memories so well crafted and delivered you don't even notice you weren't actually there. Though stacked with laughs, this book is also a pleasantly revealing, poignant, and expressive reflection of a unique life in the most unique of times. I'm hoping Mother is Different and Other Family Secrets is the prequel to Stokes' next masterpiece. This book was a delightful and entertaining tapestry of experiences-- like a Wonder Years meets Brighton Beach Memoirs meets Almost Famous meets Forrest Gump (b/c of the time frame, not b/c Stokes in anyway phsically or mentally resembles Forrest Gump- though Forrest always does have the last laugh and ends up the gazillionaire so maybe....) meets Stand By Me meets The Coen brothers. Keeping my fingers crossed for that last one come movie time :) At least we know the movie will DEFINITELY have an awesome soundtrack. Bottom line?? Buy this book. Now. As in yesterday. For yourself and for a friend.... More > Spread it like wild fire to ensure the highly anticipated sequel!< Less
If a book fully captures my attention, and has me wanting more by the last page, it must be good. There's no need to go in detail as I believe that every person reacts by crying, chuckling or laughing out loud at different moments whether it's watching a movie, play, comic or reading a book. I will, however, say that Mr. Stokes has caught on to something special. Most of us have family members who have made us cringe, question, laugh inside and out, but haven't dared to put pen to paper. Looking forward to future tears of joy from Ron!
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