By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of american citizens, analyzing Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as very important as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a whole country grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for suggestion on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who used to be the girl in the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer used to be first employed by way of the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day suggestion column in 1955 -- and over the following half-century she assisted in shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan used to be Ann Landers's final editor and shut pal, and he paints a desirable, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the knowledge, the braveness, and the rigors of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot enduring icons -- together with her painful lifelong feud along with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to draw back from even the main arguable subject matters; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. choked with amazing tales shared through humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly stricken by the great feel and suggestions of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a novel girl who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.
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Extra resources for America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers
The family’s life became nomadic, as better-paying sales opportunities lured Jules. In their ﬁrst seven years of marriage, the family moved eight times. “I saw more of a moving van than I saw of my husband,” Eppie would say, though she never complained. Her philosophy was “you go where the grapes grow,” and that remained her way of thinking even after she became Ann Landers. In 1942, having lived for a short time in St. Louis and then back in Sioux City, the family settled in New Orleans, where Jules went to work at the Marx Isaacs Department Store.
My heart always swells whenever reporters mention Ruth [Holt] Crowley,” Holt wrote. “A registered nurse who specialized in baby care after World War II, she was my father’s sister and much loved by my brother and me. By the time we were old enough to read a newspaper, Aunt Ruth had started both an advice column for new mothers at the Chicago Sun-Times and an afternoon TV show about raising babies. . “Viewers and readers responded so enthusiastically to Aunt Ruth’s amusing and no-nonsense answers to their queries that they began asking about other concerns, such as errant husbands, difﬁcult in-laws, sibling rivalry.
I did a lot of things there. Your dad wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about my getting in the contest. I knew some of the other women involved, but at that time I had never even heard of Eppie. So I took the sample questions and answered them, just off the top of my head. ” Eppie provided answers for all of the letters, but the two that have taken on almost mythic relevance were those from the woman with the walnut tree and the woman with the interfaith-marriage dilemma. On the walnut matter, she reportedly called Supreme Court Justice William O.
America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan