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About My Mother

True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother: A Memoir
Narrated by: Peggy Rowe, John Rowe, Mike Rowe
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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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.

©2018 MichaelRoweWorks (P)2018 MichaelRoweWorks

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Absolutely charming!

We have long been fans of Mike Rowe and listen to his podcasts at dinner. We have heard him read emails from his mom, which are literate, funny and made us begin to fall in love with his parents. So when I found this book on Audible I purchased it and my husband, adult son and I listened to it at the dinner table. No staring at screens for us! We were lost in the charming narration by Peggy of this book about her relationship with her mom.

We laughed at the "mother number one" and "mother number two" referring to how Thelma's personality changed when watching her beloved Baltimore Orioles play.

Peggy tells this story in prose which is gentle and often funny. She doesn't spare herself either, making light of her own foibles as a new wife and mother. Publishers told her that the book was great but nobody would want to read something so wholesome and I think the implied thought was: clean. On the contrary it is a great family book. There is nothing objectionable in it yet nothing prudish. The only thing wrong with the book was that it ended all too soon.Way to go Peggy and Mike!

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Entertaining and touching stories of a daughter...

...and mother's relationship from Peggy's childhood through various stages of life up until her mother, Thelma's, 90th year.
Peggy paints a beautiful canvass of her living environment, family, and her life experiences with her stories.

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Fun read!

Very entertaining, lighthearted book. I too love both baseball & horses so could relate on many levels. Also am entering those role reversal years with my parents so found myself laughing at similar situations. Hoping you choose to write more. Now I know where your son Mike gets his writing abilities & humor

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A warm invite to the childhood memories of a dear spirit

I had read this book and loved it, but wanted to hear it read by the author. I am so glad I bought this version -to hear Mrs Rowe read the words so warmly made it even better, which I would have never thought possible. One will not be disappointed with these lovely remembrances of how life was, in days gone by.

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Bless Peggy's heart!

I also ordered the book, but I don't know now, if I'll read it. I loved hearing her narrate this book about her growing up years in her deadpan way. She speaks so calmly that you don't realize she made a funny til the point sinks in.
Hilarious, endearing, old-school, and told with so much love.
For some reason, when her husband began to read, my heart was touched in such a way that I could barely hear what he was saying. I just knew the words were about love. Hearing his actual gentle voice made him real for me.

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I smiled all the way through.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did find myself smiling and giggling about this charming story about a young girl and her mother. Knowing this was Mike’s Mather and nana explained a lot. A wholesome, enjoyable rendition when times were simpler and life was kinder. I plan to get this book for my 86 year old horse crazy mother; I have a feeling she will appreciate it more than I did.

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loved it

reminds me of my grandma and time spent with her. great job peggy. your mom would be proud

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loved these remembrances of an interesting mother and her down to earth daughter. it brought back so many memories of my mother.

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Hated that it had to end!

Mrs. Rowe,
What a wonderful journey you took me on! Thank you for sharing those glimpses of your life!

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And I rarely give 5 stars for anything.

A daughter's memories of her relationship with her mother through the decades. I don't think you need to be "our age" to appreciate this book. At times very tender; others laugh out loud moments. This is one you'll definitely want to share.