With wry wit and poignant humor, Louie Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning comedian currently starring in Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets, shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy, as well as plenty of wisdom he’s still discovering from his late mother.
Louie Anderson has channeled his beloved mom in his stand-up routine for decades, but she died before seeing him reach his greatest heights, culminating in his breakout TV role as Christine Baskets, the mesmerizing character inspired by his mom, Ora Zella Anderson. This book is Louie’s way of catching her up on his triumphs, disappointments, and continuing challenges. There is heartache, but also great hope. There are also—given Louie’s inimitable voice—laugh-out-loud stories and observations on life’s absurdities, the kind only he could make.
“I started out writing these letters to my mom, but a few friends said I should write a book. I said okay because next to ‘we’ll see,’ ‘okay’ is as non-committal as you can get. But somehow I stuck with it. I hope you like it. I hope that after you read it, you’ll write or call your own mom—and dad, sister, brother, cousin, nephew. Or have lunch with them. Or breakfast. It doesn’t have to be lunch. But do it now. Don’t wait like I did.” —Louie
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About the Author:
Louie Anderson is an actor and stand-up comedian, named by Comedy Central as “One of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” From 1994 to 2001, he created and produced the animated Emmy Award–winning Fox series Life with Louie, based on his own childhood. He won his most recent Emmy for his costarring role on Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets. Hey Mom is his fourth book.
Great read! I have read all of Louie’s books. Every single time his honesty and empathy just jumps off the page. He tops himself with this one. His mother is obviously his biggest influence and he demonstrates having every trait she had in his writings to her. The love he has for his family permeates every sentence. These sometimes deeply moving stories for her are by turns, heartbreaking, lovely, joyful and sometimes painful. Grief has certainly been a frequent visitor in Louie’s life and he clearly is still working that out. But there is also a lot of hope and enthusiasm to keep us (and him) going. His ideas to change the world are great, and he expresses them to her in a way that shows how much he loves and respects her opinion. It is moving to read his plea for her to somehow chime in on his thoughts. To me it almost seemed as though readers are peeking in on something very private. -Linny
Louis Anderson is one of our very best comedians, comic actors and now writers. He can put me on the floor laughing with a single line, deftly delivered and proves it in print, too. This is a hilarious, poignant tribute to his mother, whom he basically portrays on the cable series "Baskets." Louis Anderson is an American treasure. I just wish he would lose a few pounds so that he can be with us longer because the guy is pretty much a genius. He is a comic alchemist, creating pleasure out of pain. -David Cuthbert