Don’t we all have mixed emotions about our mothers? That sentiment echoes loudly—and often hilariously—
Luby was a mother like no other: extraordinarily talented, yet extraordinarily difficult to live with. She was many things: a skilled journalist, a popular book author, club woman extraordinaire—
Rosemary grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she set out to write a book strictly about herself, she found daunting circumstances of her own (Luby went so far as to rewrite Rosemary’s ninth-grade autobiography assignment). Originally intending to publish a selection of personal essays, Rosemary discovered that Mother popped up on every page. Looming. Encouraging. Warning. Always the Protagonist, the Star, the Heroine, the Antagonist—and sometimes, from the viewpoint of a loving but ornery daughter, the Villain.
Part memoir, part love letter to a larger-than-
In this universally appealing and relatable story, Rosemary paints a vibrant portrait of her mother—a woman whose mental toughness belied her physical frailty; a woman whose desire to succeed was overwhelming to the point of compulsion; and a woman who, above all, loved her children passionately and worked tirelessly to make their lives better.
Rosemary Mild is an award-winning essayist and coauthor of mystery novels and stories with her husband, Larry. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Woman, and elsewhere. A graduate of Smith College, she is a longtime Maryland resident who now resides in Hawaii with her husband.