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Publisher's Summary

"I'm getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?" When NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host 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 followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's evocative and moving meditations spread virally. Simon chronicled his mother's death and reflected on her life, revealing her humor and strength and celebrating the love of family. The world hung on Simon's every word, and his mother's eventual passing made national news, attracting attention from international news media like the Today Show, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. Inspired by those famous tweets, in Unforgettable, Simon offers a deeply affecting, heart-wrenching memoir. His mother was a glamorous woman of the Mad Men era who worked in nightclubs, modeled, dated mobsters and movie stars, and was a brave single parent to young Scott Simon. Simon's memories are laced with her humor and strength. Simon gives voice to the experience we all have of confronting our parents' deaths. Unforgettable is one man's moving tribute to his mother's colorful life and graceful death, but it is also a powerful portrait of the universal bond between mother and child.

©2015 Scott Simon (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Simon's radio background is evident in this production. His relaxed pace and pleasant vocal quality are conducive to easy listening." ( AudioFile)

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  • Eileen
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 05-10-15

Unforgettable Indeed!

Mr. Simon takes us on a journey through the life of a smart, loving and inimitable woman. We should all wish to be honored like this at the end of our lives- and to have such a talented writer write our story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very nicely written.

Enjoyed this even though it's not such an enjoyable subject. A very uplifting look at moving on from this world and being there for a loved one when they cross through that door.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unforgettable!

Wonderful. Sensitive. Heart-warming.

Beautiful executed and read by the author. Scott Simon has an exceptional reading voice and his tribute to his mother is the kind of story I hope my kids will write for me.

Thank you Scott for writing these words.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The love of a son ...

... For a woman of extreme interest and delight is a compelling story, masterful written and poignantly narrated/read.

They are both LOVELY (read it, you'll understand)

Who doesn't already love Scott Simon - his voice, his slant on things and his humanness? But after you hear this you'll wish he was your neighbor or close friend so you could hear more of his life, and surely more about his life with his mother.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Unforgettable!

Scott Simon reads a very personal and beautiful story of his mothers life, his love for her and sharing her last days
What a remarkable woman!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • telo
  • United States
  • 04-24-15

Great book/story, very well read!

Amazingly honest and heartwarming. Will have you laughing and in tears, but most of all appreciating family and being thoughtful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

If you could sum up Unforgettable in three words, what would they be?

Unforgettable, Classy, Honest

Which character – as performed by Scott Simon – was your favorite?

I loved all of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Such an honest, well written book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Poignant -

Poignant and so like my mom, her life and death. As always Scott Simon's voice is beautiful - and his own story even more so.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 06-04-15

Unforgetable!

Would you listen to Unforgettable again? Why?

Definitely! It's the story about life, about love, about death and dying. A son loves his mother, a mother loves her son. In her dying, she provides many more lessons to her son - a father himself - about love, grace, and living life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! I loved the fact that the author narrated this book himself. Of course you know that Scott's mother is not going to survive this cancer, but there are many poignant and moving moments. I laughed at funny moments, cried at sad ones, and wished I had met this off-beat woman.

Any additional comments?

Beautiful, poignant... unforgetable!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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From the heart

Lovingly narrated and allowed us a very personal insight into one of t he major passages of life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful