Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
And You Thought Your Mom Was Crazy...

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Based on the wildly popular Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, Kate Siegel’s essay collection about life with the woman who redefined the term “helicopter mom.”There is nothing more special, frustrating, loving, or fraught than a daughter’s relationship with her mother. No one else will firmly insist that you are perfect, while simultaneously making you question every career, fashion, or relationship choice you’ve ever made. Kate Siegel understands this delicate dynamic all too well—her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast her hilarious text messages on Instagram. She must have struck a chord because soon hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily correspondences. Now, in Mother, Can You Not?, Kate pays tribute to the woman whose helicopter parenting may make you forgive your own mother’s eccentricities. If fans think Kate’s mom’s texts are insane, they will laugh out loud at the anecdotes her daughter shares in this collection.From embarrassing moments (like Kate’s mother’s surprise early morning visit after a drunken one-night stand) to outrageous stories (such as the time she moved cross country to be near Kate’s college) to hilarious threats (“If you don’t call me I’m going to add your boyfriend on Facebook”), Mother, Can You Not? lovingly lampoons the lengths to which our mothers will go to better our lives (even if if feels like they’re ruining them in the process).

About Kate Siegel

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KATE SIEGEL is a freelance writer and social media guru who started the hit Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, Cosmo,,, in People Magazine, and on The Ellen Degeneres Show. She previously served as an associate producer for Condé Nast Entertainment, overseeing all digital video content for Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker Festival, Condé Nast Traveler, SELF, and Prior to joining Condé Nast, Kate studied English, creative writing, and theater at Princeton University. Her one act play, Sam the Man, won the Sondheim Young Playwright’s Inc. Competition and was produced at the Classic Stage Theater in New York.
Published April 5, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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