New Release: Author Deborah Batterman
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* An April 2012 New Release *
Author Deborah Batterman
Bio: Contrary to appearances, I'm not obsessed with shoes, although I'm no stranger to their appeal. You might say I am obsessed, as a writer, with everyday symbols and their metaphoric underpinnings, especially the ways in which those associated with all things female tend to be trivialized. It's the very reason I chose the stories I did to serve as a kind of cornerstone to my collection, SHOES HAIR NAILS. What my fiction may well share with the essays in my new little e-book, Because my name is mother, is the way in which we're shaped by family relationships. On any given night, when I was a young girl, our small Brooklyn apartment would be filled with aunts and uncles and cousins; lots of cigarette smoke, a little laughter, arguments that tended to get loud. Escape took the form of going into my bedroom to do homework, read, and, eventually, start writing. I guess I've never stopped escaping.
Book Name: Because my name is mother
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Author Links: @DEBatterman
With poignancy and humor, Deborah Batterman reminds us in these brief, linked essays that every mother is a daughter, too. The insights she brings to simple acts - looking at old photographs, recalling the smells and tastes of her mother's cooking, making her daughter's bed or shopping with her - are as beautifully rendered as they are profound.
READER REVIEWS FOR Because my name is mother
Intimate and inventive, the linked essays in Deborah Batterman's 'Because My Name is Mother' are rich with telling details. Objects and everyday acts resonate until we can see ourselves in the vivid moments the author creates. There's the photograph of the author's parents, "young and happy and vibrant, maybe even in love." There's the author's attempt to keep her dying mother's traditions alive, but in her own way. The end of a grown daughter's visit is touchingly rendered by her mother's homely act of making her bed.
Deborah Batterman fills the senses with her poignant, funny observations of family and modern life, drawing the reader in, revealing layers of existence with the nuanced phrase, the apt symbol. Whether photographs or fabulous shoes, the refrains make this a collection to savor. "There are some things you just never want to come to an end," the author says in "Sweet Indulgence." For me, reading 'Because My Name is Mother' is one of them. — Cheryl Snell
Deborah Batterman is the best combination of a writer: intelligent, insightful and funny! I love reading her short stories, essays and blog entries...I'd read the menu if she wrote it! Do yourself a favor and quick, go get this book... Deborah Riggs Previte
Read an interview here with author Deborah Batterman.