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I, Too, Remember Mamma by Gary Papierman

A mother is one of life’s most treasured companions. She doesn’t ask for anything in return, yet she still loves you no matter what. When you spend your whole life with your mother, you develop a unique bond that will last for the rest of your family’s existence.

An impassioned masterwork that entails the author’s mother’s penned biography, I, Too, Remember Mamma by Gary Papierman perfectly captures the beautiful and meaningful life of a Jewish widowed mother of two in the post-World War II era. Gorgeous and petite with mesmerizing hazel-brown eyes, Mamma, whose name was Sally Dora, was remembered as a self-reliant and responsible mother not only to her children but also to her friends and family.

After fleeing their native land and making their way to Lower Manhattan, Mamma and her family faced a slew of challenges. The death of her husband, which led them being treated unfairly, as well as the betrayal of those close to her, has shown her resilience in the face of all the hurdles she has confronted. But a mother’s love and courage always endure despite distance and time.

The author has displayed quite the affection throughout the whole book. He succeeds in relaying a heart-rending work of love and respect while exerting a sense of gratitude towards his mother and all mothers in the world. For those who have undergone similar circumstances to that of Mamma, this book is able to recognize the unconditional devotion of mothers who would do anything and everything for their families. This memoir of a mother’s life, written with sincerity and candor, shows readers just how much a person will sustain for the love of their family and friends. The author does an excellent job of capturing the stories of his mother’s life in both a moving and inspiring way.

The dedication of this book is clearly for Mamma’s memory, who was a “devoted wife and grandmother,” — “TREASURED AND ADORED MOTHER.”

– The Moving Words Review

Official entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2022