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I have always admired Erma Bombeck. I enjoyed her self-deprecating humorous writing about motherhood in suburbia at a time when most mothers were not admitting to the problems of raising kids. Raising kids was supposed to be noble and exciting and a pleasure for moms. The idea that someone would poke fun at being a mom and even complain, was novel.
I read almost all Bombeck’s books when I was a teenager.
Now that I have written a book using a similar style to Erma Bombeck (so I’ve been told), albeit with a Jewish twist (since I’m Jewish!), I have some splainin’ to do about my book.
You see, since my book, Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! has been out on the market for 9 months, I can assess how well it has been doing (great!), regroup slightly (why not?), and dispel just a few misconceptions that may be floating out around there.
Let’s discuss one particular myth that surrounds the book, such as: Is The Joys and Oys of Being a Mother, Mother-in-law, and Grandmother book only for Jewish mothers, mothers-in-law and grandmothers?
The short answer? No. Absolutely not. Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! is for any grandmother who wants to get it right.
Any grandmother who is a person on this planet, who does not want to turn into the mean old mother-in-law stereotype (in spite of her best intentions).
Some might say (and have said) that “Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!” is to grandmothers as Erma Bombeck’s books were to mothers.
How do I know? Because since my publisher released the book last September, I have received comments and testimonials from readers of all different backgrounds and cultures about how much they enjoyed my book.
I think, “wow – people really get it.”
But wait: If people already get it, why did I write the book?
For the past ten or so years, since many of my friends have begun to marry off their children, becoming grandmothers, I noted that many of their discussions with each other and me consisted of venting about their relationships with their daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, in-laws, and even grandchildren.
As I listened to these comments (coming from friends and acquaintances in my personal, professional life from various religions and cultures), I was fascinated, sympathetic and also wondering how I would fare when I became a mother-in-law.
And when I did become one, I reflected back on my own memories as a new daughter-in-law, and realized that I had to chronicle my sometimes bumpy experiences as a mother-in-law and grandmother.
Granted, Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! is for a niche market, which means that the book targets a very specific group of people who are transitioning to becoming moms of adult kids, moms-in-law, and grandmothers.
And the book for the most part has been written on Jewish sub-topics. Because hey, I’m Jewish; I’m Orthodox and that’s the world I live in.
However, the book is not only for Jewish people. The book is for anyone who wants to get the mother-in-law thing right.
Hey, you don’t have to be Jewish to read “Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!”
If your sons-in-law and daughters-in-law are driving you crazy (think Endora from “Bewitched” and you do not want to turn into her, do you?), take a look at “Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!”
So universal that you might buy it as a gift (or for yourself) for good summer reading.
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