A heartwarming, humorous look at motherhood

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March 28, 2014 | 3:15 pm

Heartwarming and humorous, this tribute to moms of the world gathers the best things anyone ever said about motherhood.

From Dolly Parton to Dear Abby, women (and a few men) crack wise on the subject of the center of every family, Mommy dearest! “Mom’s the Word” by Allen Klein (Publishes June 6, Cleis Press, 224 pages, $14.95) celebrates all motherhood with wise and witty words from the famous (Oprah Winfrey: “Mothers are really the true spiritual leaders.”) and the funny (Erma Bombeck: “In general, my children refuse to eat anything that hasn’t danced on television.”). Also included are thoughts that are meaningful (Jewish proverb: “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.”) and memorable (Nora Ephron: “If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters.”).

This book will make moms and kids feel appreciated and loved. It will make you laugh and make you cry. There are stories that will warm your heart and quotes that you will want to remember forever.

With a whole section devoted to Mother’s Day, one that I found particularly familiar was “The Mother’s Day Muddle” by Bruce Lansky: 1) Your children serve you breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day; 2) They also spill coffee, burn the toast and wreck your kitchen; 3) You spend all afternoon cleaning up.

This book is a wonderful way to celebrate all the moms in your life. Remember to thank them this weekend for their patience, devotion and love.

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