America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan

By Rick Kogan

For 2 generations of american citizens, examining Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as vital as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a whole country became to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who was once the lady in the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer used to be first employed via the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day recommendation column in 1955 -- and over the subsequent half-century she assisted in shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan used to be Ann Landers's final editor and shut good friend, and he paints a desirable, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the knowledge, the braveness, and the pains of 1 of the 20th century's so much enduring icons -- together with her painful lifelong feud along with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to draw back from even the main debatable themes; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. choked with awesome tales shared by means of humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly laid low with the great feel and assistance of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a novel lady who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.

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Ruth Crowley never had the searing wit of Eppie Lederer. . Of course, with the passing of Eppie Lederer, whom I admired greatly, it saddens me that few writers will ever mention Ruth Crowley again. But the creation of ‘Ann Landers’ is such an American story that I feel a certain jubilance will always remain . . the spirit of building a better mousetrap/advice column/book review/household/law practice/family legacy never seems to flag, is somehow in our genes. ” 5  • LOT 2761 • Cadillac Brougham—License “AL 1955” n some now-forgotten town in America in the mid-1950s, a woman had a walnut tree that was very close to her neighbor’s property.

Every day we’d have lunch there, read Ann Landers, and discuss her responses, sometimes getting into heated conversations. Every column was completely different and sometimes we found the questions strange, but Ann Landers always treated her readers with respect. In print she never acted like she was above anyone else. And her humor would crack us up. I continued to be a loyal reader after I got married and had two daughters. In 1997, my elder daughter, Karen, discovered a large mass in her breast that had appeared suddenly.

Among our immigrant masses this need was very marked. Hundreds of thousands of people, torn from their homes and their dear ones, were lonely souls who thirsted for expression, who wanted to hear an opinion, who wanted advice in solving their weighty problems. ” Eppie certainly would have been aware of “Bintel Brief,” and though she would never be thought of by most of her readers as Jewish, she would ever possess the qualities of the stereotypical Jewish mother. She was doting. She was blunt. She was concerned.

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