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For two generations of Americans, reading Ann Landers’s daily column was as important as eating breakfast. For nearly fifty years an entire nation turned to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for advice on everything from dinner etiquette to sex. But who was the woman behind the byline?
Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was first hired by the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the daily advice column in 1955 — and over the next half-century she helped shape the nation’s social and sexual landscape. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan was Ann Landers’s last editor and close friend, and he paints a fascinating, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the wisdom, the courage, and the trials of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring icons — including her painful lifelong feud with her identical twin sister, “Dear Abby”; her stubborn refusal to shy away from even the most controversial topics; and the tragic breakup of her own thirty-six-year marriage. Filled with remarkable stories shared by people from all walks of life who were profoundly affected by the good sense and guidance of Ann Landers, America’s Mom is a moving tribute to a singular woman who has earned an eternal place in our culture … and our hearts.
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