Hey Mom by Louie Anderson
Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too

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Those who have adored Anderson long before his comeback won’t need the bait. All the familiar traits are present: bitterness toward his distant, alcoholic dad; unabashed affection for his beloved Minnesota home, and, most of all, gratitude toward his extremely tolerant mom.
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With wry wit and poignant humor, Louie Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning comedian currently starring in Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets, shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy, as well as plenty of wisdom he’s still discovering from his late mother.

Louie Anderson has channeled his beloved mom in his stand-up routine for decades, but she died before seeing him reach his greatest heights, culminating in his breakout TV role as Christine Baskets, the mesmerizing character inspired by his mom, Ora Zella Anderson. This book is Louie’s way of catching her up on his triumphs, disappointments, and continuing challenges. There is heartache, but also great hope. There are also—given Louie’s inimitable voice—laugh-out-loud stories and observations on life’s absurdities, the kind only he could make.

“I started out writing these letters to my mom, but a few friends said I should write a book. I said okay because next to ‘we’ll see,’ ‘okay’ is as non-committal as you can get. But somehow I stuck with it. I hope you like it. I hope that after you read it, you’ll write or call your own mom—and dad, sister, brother, cousin, nephew. Or have lunch with them. Or breakfast. It doesn’t have to be lunch. But do it now. Don’t wait like I did.” —Louie
 

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Published April 3, 2018 by Touchstone. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by NEAL JUSTIN on Apr 16 2018

Those who have adored Anderson long before his comeback won’t need the bait. All the familiar traits are present: bitterness toward his distant, alcoholic dad; unabashed affection for his beloved Minnesota home, and, most of all, gratitude toward his extremely tolerant mom.

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