Friday, August 10, 2012

Praise of Motherhood #Review & #Giveaway

About: Praise of motherhood is Phil Jourdan's true life  journey brought about by the death of his mother. Jourdan passes through memories of his mother and she has affected his life. 

Review: The about section I just spewed out really doesn't do this book justice. In fact, I could say one word that I believe does more justice than my simple sentences: Intense

Phil Jourdan is raw and honest, taking the reader through the labyrinth of his troubled mind as he tries to make sense of the life and death of the woman who naturally had the most influence on him.

I felt an immediate emotional attachment to the material as Jourdan's experience with the manner of how his mother passed is reminiscent of my brother's passing several years. ago. While Jourdan's mother died of an aneurysm  my brother died from a head injury. Both were kept on life support while others said good bye. Jourdan's description of the oddity of seeing a physical body alive, but the incessant of the person gone is hauntingly familiar to me. 

As I read, I was forced to think about my own interpersonal connections. My mother had a near miss with death, and I feel this book shaped some of how I looked at the incident. Jourdan is brilliant in his examples of how his mother shaped his life, and I pondered over the way my mother has shaped mine. 

I believe it's a good exercise is assessing people's worth in your life. Too often it's easy to take people for granted. It's sort like a reverse on It's a Wonderful Life. Instead of looking how everyone's life would be without me, I'm looking at how my life would be without one person. I guess in the case of that person being my mom technically I wouldn't exist. However, many people have a mother that birthed them, but not one who raised them. 

Before I go off blabbering sentimental sludge, I'm going to stop myself here. The short of it is I really connected with this book. Perhaps my judgement is skewed when I speak it's value, but all art is left to interpretation. 

  • If you are looking for solid non-fiction I do recommend this book.
  • If you have interests in psychology or human behavior/relations in any way, I recommend Praise of Motherhood.
  • If you are offended by strong language or bluntness about sexual matters, you might want to choose a different book. 
  • If you're really strict on things following a cookie cutter flow of coherency (which is not a bad, most books do) then this book may be difficult for you. 
Below is an excerpt. Past that is the raffle copter where you can enter to win Amazon giftcards or an autographed copy of Praise of Motherhood.

** This excerpt does contain some strong language. 

It was Veterans Day; the Pope spoke into a microphone so the thousands around him could hear his weary voice. And in the airport lounge my sister and I waited for our flight to take off, trying not to listen to the televised broadcast of the Pope’s solemn speech. I held my sister’s hand and heard her say fuck for the first time. 

“fuck, do you think she’s going to be okay” 

and I said “I don’t know” 

 and she said “but why aren’t they telling us what’s going on”

“I don’t know” 

“I don’t want mom to die” 

“I know” 

“I’m so scared” 

 “I know” 

and the Pope went on, speaking of the dead, the men whose lives had been lost in a terrible war, and he praised them, their families, for the courage they’d shown. He spoke of Christ, but not much. Sometimes he closed his eyes and paused. From the airport lounge, sitting in front of the television screens, I had to rely on the cameras for a sense of what being there was like. Safe and comfortable and mourning out of patriotic or humanistic duty, in a spirit of contemplation. The Pope did not know that my mother was dying in a little hospital in Portugal. Neither did the lady who announced, on the intercom at the airport, that out of respect for the men who had lost their lives during the war however many decades ago now, we were all invited to stand for two minutes of silence. Everyone else in the lounge stood up, but my sister and I remained in our seats and hugged each other.

Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Phil Jourdan fronts the lit-rock band Paris and the Hiltons, runs the fiction press Perfect Edge Books, and occasionally works on a PhD. Visit Phil on his blog, music site, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.   

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