By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of american citizens, interpreting Ann Landers's day-by-day column was once as vital as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a complete state grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation on every little thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who was once the lady in the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was once first employed through the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day recommendation column in 1955 -- and over the subsequent 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 good friend, 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 turn away from even the main debatable subject matters; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. packed with extraordinary tales shared by way of humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly laid low with the great experience and suggestions of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a unique girl who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.