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“Exquisite. Full of wry humor, tenderness, and compassion.” —Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author A hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about an outlandish mother and son on an odyssey of self-discovery, and the rag-tag community that rallied to help them as the mother entered the final phase of her life. Dan Mathews knew that his witty, bawdy, unhinged mother, “Exquisite. Full of wry humor, tenderness, and compassion.” —Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author A hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about an outlandish mother and son on an odyssey of self-discovery, and the rag-tag community that rallied to help them as the mother entered the final phase of her life. Dan Mathews knew that his witty, bawdy, unhinged mother, Perry, was unable to maintain her fierce independence at seventy-eight—so he flew her across the country to Virginia to live with him in an 1870 townhouse badly in need of repairs. But to Dan, a screwdriver is a cocktail not a tool, and he was soon overwhelmed with two fixer-uppers: the house and his mother. Unbowed, Dan and Perry built a rollicking life together fueled by costume parties, road trips, after-hours gatherings, and an unshakeable sense of humor as they faced down hurricanes, blizzards, and Perry’s steady decline. They got by with the help of an ever-expanding circle of sidekicks—Dan’s boyfriends (past and present), ex-cons, sailors, strippers, deaf hillbillies, evangelicals, and grumpy cats—while flipping the parent-child relationship on its head. But it wasn’t until a kicking-and-screaming trip to the emergency room that Dan discovered the cause of his mother’s unpredictable, often caustic behavior: Perry had lived her entire adult life as an undiagnosed schizophrenic. Irreverent and emotionally powerful, Like Crazy is a darkly comic tale about the perils and rewards of taking in a fragile parent without derailing your life in the process. A rare story about mental illness with an uplifting conclusion, it shows the remarkable growth that takes place when a wild child settles down to care for the wild woman who raised him.


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“Exquisite. Full of wry humor, tenderness, and compassion.” —Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author A hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about an outlandish mother and son on an odyssey of self-discovery, and the rag-tag community that rallied to help them as the mother entered the final phase of her life. Dan Mathews knew that his witty, bawdy, unhinged mother, “Exquisite. Full of wry humor, tenderness, and compassion.” —Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author A hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about an outlandish mother and son on an odyssey of self-discovery, and the rag-tag community that rallied to help them as the mother entered the final phase of her life. Dan Mathews knew that his witty, bawdy, unhinged mother, Perry, was unable to maintain her fierce independence at seventy-eight—so he flew her across the country to Virginia to live with him in an 1870 townhouse badly in need of repairs. But to Dan, a screwdriver is a cocktail not a tool, and he was soon overwhelmed with two fixer-uppers: the house and his mother. Unbowed, Dan and Perry built a rollicking life together fueled by costume parties, road trips, after-hours gatherings, and an unshakeable sense of humor as they faced down hurricanes, blizzards, and Perry’s steady decline. They got by with the help of an ever-expanding circle of sidekicks—Dan’s boyfriends (past and present), ex-cons, sailors, strippers, deaf hillbillies, evangelicals, and grumpy cats—while flipping the parent-child relationship on its head. But it wasn’t until a kicking-and-screaming trip to the emergency room that Dan discovered the cause of his mother’s unpredictable, often caustic behavior: Perry had lived her entire adult life as an undiagnosed schizophrenic. Irreverent and emotionally powerful, Like Crazy is a darkly comic tale about the perils and rewards of taking in a fragile parent without derailing your life in the process. A rare story about mental illness with an uplifting conclusion, it shows the remarkable growth that takes place when a wild child settles down to care for the wild woman who raised him.

30 review for Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    “Like Crazy: Life With My Mother and Her Invisible Friends” (2020) is a delightfully fun and extraordinary memoir written by a extremely gifted storyteller Dan Matthews. In 2008, Matthew’s elderly mother arrived to permanently live with him at his newly purchased ramshackle Victorian Home, in Portsmouth, Virginia. “Perry” (she often went by various names) was accompanied on the flight by Dan’s adoring former boyfriend before returning to California. Perry had been looked after there by her sons, “Like Crazy: Life With My Mother and Her Invisible Friends” (2020) is a delightfully fun and extraordinary memoir written by a extremely gifted storyteller Dan Matthews. In 2008, Matthew’s elderly mother arrived to permanently live with him at his newly purchased ramshackle Victorian Home, in Portsmouth, Virginia. “Perry” (she often went by various names) was accompanied on the flight by Dan’s adoring former boyfriend before returning to California. Perry had been looked after there by her sons, and a host of concerned friends. Dan realized it was his turn to care for their mother-- his carefree days and nights of bachelorhood were over. Dan worked for the non-profit, PETA, as an organizer and animal rights activist. Perry’s two cats fit right in, though they usually stayed in her room under her bed. It became a challenge to have the TV blearing at all hours, Perry was nearly deaf. They watched the subtitles, and improved in speed reading. Perry was impressed with the picturesque snowy scenes from their tall oversize windows. When it warmed up, Perry often visited her favorite haunt, the public library and soon had a following of assorted friends that stopped by to visit her. Perry loved meeting new people especially his new lovers, and insisted he meet someone who had the skills to help with home improvements and fix her outdated computer. When Perry started burning candles as a memorial to family and friends who had supposedly passed away, and talking to people who weren’t there—Dan knew it would be necessary to have Perry evaluated and hospitalized. This is would be extremely difficult. Next he discovered that his mother’s zany and oversized personality was a result of undiagnosed schizophrenia. Perry refused medication, and would need scheduled visits to be injected by a visiting nurse. The change in Perry’s condition was noticeable and she enjoyed improved health. By this time, Dan was in a committed relationship and new generation of family members were added to their clan, Perry couldn’t have been happier! This is an uplifting memoir that compares to “Bettyville” (2015)—of love, caring and family life readers will not want to miss. **Special thanks to Simon and Schuster via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose of review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Tender, witty and a true testament to the power of love. When she was 79 Dan's mother was diagnosed with COPD and wasn't well enough to live on her own. With a great deal of trepidation, he brought her to live with him in Virginia. He was an unattached queer man, who worked for PETA. His queerness was something his mother accepted wholeheartedly. She became great friends with many if his past partners and they enjoyed her outlandish personality. She of course had other issues. She often held conve Tender, witty and a true testament to the power of love. When she was 79 Dan's mother was diagnosed with COPD and wasn't well enough to live on her own. With a great deal of trepidation, he brought her to live with him in Virginia. He was an unattached queer man, who worked for PETA. His queerness was something his mother accepted wholeheartedly. She became great friends with many if his past partners and they enjoyed her outlandish personality. She of course had other issues. She often held conversations with people that weren't present. She did though have an enviable zest for life, she was fun, sometimes outrageous, had her very own quirks and quibbles and people enjoyed being with and talking to her. This is the journey of a mother and son who become closer as they acclimate to living together. Her illness wouldn't be diagnosed until almost the end of her life and then it is apparent just how strong this woman has been throughout her life. Both mother and son, in my book, are thoroughly admirable people. Humorous despite it's dark patches, I very much enjoyed this read. ARC from Edelweiss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Chassen

    This was such a sweet, heart-felt tribute to Dan Mathews' mother. She seemed wonderful, one of a kind. His relationship to Jack was also very moving to read, in the way that the two men just found each other, no drama, no games... just two adults falling in lo.ve. That's truly what this book is about, love. Romantic or not, from a mother and son relationship, to a gay romantic relationship, down to the chance encounters in Missouri and all of the friends and family who drop everything to be of h This was such a sweet, heart-felt tribute to Dan Mathews' mother. She seemed wonderful, one of a kind. His relationship to Jack was also very moving to read, in the way that the two men just found each other, no drama, no games... just two adults falling in lo.ve. That's truly what this book is about, love. Romantic or not, from a mother and son relationship, to a gay romantic relationship, down to the chance encounters in Missouri and all of the friends and family who drop everything to be of help. Dan and Jack seem to have created a beautiful life for themselves with a wide array of chosen family. May we all be so lucky. xo

  4. 4 out of 5

    Connie Pearson

    There have been a number of memoirs released lately, and it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Like Crazy is absolutely unequaled. It's wildly hilarious and extremely tender at the same time, stylistically fast and fun, and contains stories that will stick with the reader for a very long time. One of the most noteworthy aspects of Like Crazy is the focus- an elderly woman (a seriously overlooked demographic in literature) paired with mental health issues in the elder community. This could There have been a number of memoirs released lately, and it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Like Crazy is absolutely unequaled. It's wildly hilarious and extremely tender at the same time, stylistically fast and fun, and contains stories that will stick with the reader for a very long time. One of the most noteworthy aspects of Like Crazy is the focus- an elderly woman (a seriously overlooked demographic in literature) paired with mental health issues in the elder community. This could be a risky subject to tackle, but considering how vividly and lovingly Perry is presented, the humor only enhances the story and defines Perry and Dan's relationship. Like Crazy is fresh and unexpected. Every reader will have a different take. This book will spark thoughtful conversations and changing attitudes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet C-B

    My comments are brief. I have mixed feelings about the content of the memoir, especially related to mental illness. However, the narration by the author, with background music and sound effects was excellent. I rate the book 3 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    I'm at this point in my own life with two narc parents, both up in age, and being the only one left on this side of the country to tend to them both with three kids in extreme poverty. It's heartbreaking to deal with personality trait disorders like narcissism, schizophrenia, sociopaths, psychopaths, bipolar disorders, etc. This is one such personal discussion between Dan and his mother Perry whose cognitive abilities are on the decline and it's now showing as she's rushed to the hospital for eval I'm at this point in my own life with two narc parents, both up in age, and being the only one left on this side of the country to tend to them both with three kids in extreme poverty. It's heartbreaking to deal with personality trait disorders like narcissism, schizophrenia, sociopaths, psychopaths, bipolar disorders, etc. This is one such personal discussion between Dan and his mother Perry whose cognitive abilities are on the decline and it's now showing as she's rushed to the hospital for evaluation. During this process we see both sides of the fence, the discussions, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the right to life. While for me it's no laughing matter other reviewers noted it was humorous and developed into an interesting blossoming romance for Dan and his partner only without his mom's presence. All in all not a bad read as it highlights the importance of mental health, treatment, and hospice care. Thank you to bibliotheca for this e-read in exchange for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Really enjoyed this book and appreciate that this man chose to write about his journey with his mother's last days of life. One cannot help but be amazed by such a unique, resourceful, determined woman with such a penchant for the flagrant, the dramatic and the extreme. Mathews slowly reveals more things about his mother, including her painful early days, and it is all done with respect, even if the all-too-human frustration shows up too. I learned to love Dan's mother and Dan himself through hi Really enjoyed this book and appreciate that this man chose to write about his journey with his mother's last days of life. One cannot help but be amazed by such a unique, resourceful, determined woman with such a penchant for the flagrant, the dramatic and the extreme. Mathews slowly reveals more things about his mother, including her painful early days, and it is all done with respect, even if the all-too-human frustration shows up too. I learned to love Dan's mother and Dan himself through his amazing tale. I am grateful he was bold enough to share with us all!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Dan Mathews is an honest and very likeable human being. In ‘Like Crazy’ we follow his awakening and frustrations of family responsibility as he moves his 79 year dilapidated old mother and her two dilapidated cats into his dilapidated Victorian house in Portsmouth Virginia. The juxtaposition between the end of his footloose free bachelor days, juggling his career as a PETA animal activist and trying to get proper diagnosis and treatment for his eccentric mother is certainly interesting and compell Dan Mathews is an honest and very likeable human being. In ‘Like Crazy’ we follow his awakening and frustrations of family responsibility as he moves his 79 year dilapidated old mother and her two dilapidated cats into his dilapidated Victorian house in Portsmouth Virginia. The juxtaposition between the end of his footloose free bachelor days, juggling his career as a PETA animal activist and trying to get proper diagnosis and treatment for his eccentric mother is certainly interesting and compelling reading. We feel his exhaustion, stress and frustration trying to manage his mother Perry’s antics and condition after his demanding days at working at PETA. Thankfully Perry is a generally a very social person, and all around her are warm and supportive friends and family. Dan also introduces some interesting characters along the way, and everyone is included into their lives. Especially when there is a costume party! Dan’s emotions are torn between the mother he sort of thought he knew, and the real Perry who as it turns out has developed some serious mental health issues. There is no hiding from each other anymore in that lovely old house. Dan has to reverse the parent / child caring relationship and make some hard decisions. I loved that this was written with love, warmth and humour as well as respect for his ageing mother. I did laugh when Dan and his partner decide to become human guinea pigs and test all Perry’s random medications on themselves. Dan’s style, wit and pace reminded me very much of David Sedaris writing style. Fun to read and hard to put down. I could really relate to this book having lived and cared for my own parents for 10 years plus. Different scenario but I know how it feels when you buy into the shared house arrangement believing it’ll all be a breeze, and despite all best efforts everything turns into a hot mess of zero privacy, and unexpected demands. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for forwarding this great book to me in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. Wowwww this was so good. A beautiful memoir about a son taking care of his elderly and mentally ill mother that was somehow both heart wrenching and hilarious. He made Virginia sound almost idyllic, and the way he described he and his mother’s escapades really made me smile. I bet his mom would have loved reading this. Highly recommend but be prepared for some tears.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Must read for anyone with parents! So amazingly well written, both funny and sad to tears. Love it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is kind of a tough one to review. Not that there's equal negative and positive aspects, it's a great book! Morevthat he made it seem, perhaps, a bit easier for him than it was overall. There was frustration, especially towards the end, though it's very much an upbeat book overall. If you haven't read it yet, here's an idea of what to expect with minimal, if any, spoilers... aside from her death, which I don't think is surprising. Anyway... Perry comes to stay with him in his new house in Vir This is kind of a tough one to review. Not that there's equal negative and positive aspects, it's a great book! Morevthat he made it seem, perhaps, a bit easier for him than it was overall. There was frustration, especially towards the end, though it's very much an upbeat book overall. If you haven't read it yet, here's an idea of what to expect with minimal, if any, spoilers... aside from her death, which I don't think is surprising. Anyway... Perry comes to stay with him in his new house in Virginia, there's background in his personal life, which does have a bearing on the story rather than feeling like "grafted" (filler). Her physical issues become a problem, with some of the episodes almost harrowing. Still, it's her mental disorder, which becomes more intense later, that proves more difficult to handle. As one example, when presented with a picture of a newborn baby, she insists that the baby is dead (it's definitely not). Dan does well providing details of Perry's life in pieces, rather than dumping. My grandmother had schizophrenia herself, from childhood trauma, so in this case I felt her problem was from unresolved matters (Suck. It. Up! approach). As a fan of metaphysical (haunted houses, etc.) lore, I had thought her "imaginary" conversations at first were just that. But no, as Dan describes one such scene he encounters "It was as though she were going over lines from a play." Finally, there's a largely inevitable instinct to contrast this story with George Hodgman's Bettyville, another older gay man becoming caretaker. That story follows a more "traditional" route in the sense that (as I recall) George's mother had physical problems, and he had a far more limited network. Moreover, a friend raised partially in Kansas said Bettyville perfectly evokes the Midwest as a region. Here, things are quite "coastal" indeed. Both of those books are excellent reads - highly recommended!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Crista Huff

    My review is going to be a little disjointed, maybe because there are so many themes in this book. Somebody recommended the book to me because my mother and Dan's mother were both mentally ill. (The nature of their illnesses were very different from each other.) So I was expecting the book to be heavy on the mental illness, but that part of the book didn't become the overriding theme until toward the end of the book. And that's fine. Just because I expected "all mental illness, all the time" fro My review is going to be a little disjointed, maybe because there are so many themes in this book. Somebody recommended the book to me because my mother and Dan's mother were both mentally ill. (The nature of their illnesses were very different from each other.) So I was expecting the book to be heavy on the mental illness, but that part of the book didn't become the overriding theme until toward the end of the book. And that's fine. Just because I expected "all mental illness, all the time" from page one does not mean that the book was disappointing. The hard part about reading this book is that Dan Mathews lives an extremely different lifestyle than the one I live, with regard to his proclivities in the areas of sexuality, career, interior design, religion and socializing. (I'm gonna say it: I HATE Halloween.) I'm not remotely unfamiliar with his lifestyle, nor abhorrent of other lifestyles ... it's just that I couldn't find a way to ignore or embrace the lifestyle as I read. And still, I kept reading, because Dan Mathews is a very good writer; apparently quite open and sincere (rare qualities); and virtuous in a way that we don't witness often enough, via the caretaking of his mother. (I have also done the caretaking thing. I felt a human obligation to do it, for several relatively undesirable people who had no one else to help them. So I relate to Dan. I was actually a bit jealous that he got to caretake somebody who actually loved him and gave him joy!) So despite my discomfort with Dan's lifestyle, I'm going to give the book five stars, because it kept my interest, told a heartwarming story, and discussed truth.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mediaman

    Don't waste your time on this book, in which the nutty PETA creative mind uses his mother's story to push his propaganda for both the abusive pro-animal organization and gay rights. Mathews is the nutcase who has no problem breaking the law to do criminal acts in order to embarrass those his organization doesn't like. He also sees homophobia everywhere, is a gay anarchist, and unjustly judges others based on their looks or innocent comments. This guy is no one to be admired. He should be ashamed Don't waste your time on this book, in which the nutty PETA creative mind uses his mother's story to push his propaganda for both the abusive pro-animal organization and gay rights. Mathews is the nutcase who has no problem breaking the law to do criminal acts in order to embarrass those his organization doesn't like. He also sees homophobia everywhere, is a gay anarchist, and unjustly judges others based on their looks or innocent comments. This guy is no one to be admired. He should be ashamed of himself; instead he brags about his brilliance. So it's no surprise that his very old mother gets diagnosed with schizophrenia and he has some of the characteristics. What could have been an interesting story about a woman is incredibly confusing with some major characters (like his siblings) left out, the author never clearly stating her history, and half of the book really having more to do with him than her. Much of it is written like a Hollywood screenplay with many scenes hard too believe--I serious doubt some of this happened the way it was written, and this book falls is just another one of those "creative memoirs" that don't worry about truth getting in the way of a good story. In truth this is the writer's chance to celebrate himself and push his lop-sided agenda on us. He paints himself to be a wonderful son but as I read it I realized that he was more interested in saving animals by harming meat and fur lovers than he was in saving his mother. In the end he tried to use her story to promote himself, but all it did was prove that he is the crazy one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This memoir is more of a "not for me" than a not-at-all kind of book. While I got used to and sort of finally enjoyed that Mathews narrated the audiobook of his own memoir, I was a little annoyed by his writing yet I understand while he crafted the memoir in this way. Plus, I was also put off by the random ways that music and sound was incorporated into various parts of the story. The performance of the audiobook probably gives it a little bump to maybe a 2.5 or even a 3 for me. It grew on me. B This memoir is more of a "not for me" than a not-at-all kind of book. While I got used to and sort of finally enjoyed that Mathews narrated the audiobook of his own memoir, I was a little annoyed by his writing yet I understand while he crafted the memoir in this way. Plus, I was also put off by the random ways that music and sound was incorporated into various parts of the story. The performance of the audiobook probably gives it a little bump to maybe a 2.5 or even a 3 for me. It grew on me. But the dark humor and literally "crazy" story is just a little much for me but provides empathy (for me as a reader) to the varying family dynamics, mental health, parent/child bond, and necessity of survival in a situation that they needed to make the best of.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    4.5 stars rounded up. This was an extremely quick, delightful, and often funny read. I found this memoir of the four years Dan Mathews lived with and cared for his schizophrenic mother to be heartwarming and mostly joyful. To think that this woman lived to be 80-something before she was diagnosed and medicated is astounding and amazing. I'm sure her life would've been infinitely easier had she been treated earlier, but that she survived and made a mostly happy life for herself is a testament to 4.5 stars rounded up. This was an extremely quick, delightful, and often funny read. I found this memoir of the four years Dan Mathews lived with and cared for his schizophrenic mother to be heartwarming and mostly joyful. To think that this woman lived to be 80-something before she was diagnosed and medicated is astounding and amazing. I'm sure her life would've been infinitely easier had she been treated earlier, but that she survived and made a mostly happy life for herself is a testament to her resilience. I'm sure it helped that she had a loving and supportive family by her side.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Poignant memoir. The author’s perspective on mental health remains within a primarily white and privileged viewpoint. He addresses untreated schizophrenia with a lack of investigation into marginalized populations. Would have liked to see him extend his knowledge of how untreated mental health is much more likely within individuals such as his mother who grow up in foster care or other institutions of American society. Despite this, I enjoyed reading Matthews story and getting a look into this u Poignant memoir. The author’s perspective on mental health remains within a primarily white and privileged viewpoint. He addresses untreated schizophrenia with a lack of investigation into marginalized populations. Would have liked to see him extend his knowledge of how untreated mental health is much more likely within individuals such as his mother who grow up in foster care or other institutions of American society. Despite this, I enjoyed reading Matthews story and getting a look into this unique tale.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Megaw

    I wish I could have read this book before going through similar experiences with family members of my own. Dan Mathews is a great example of what a great help a caregiver can be while assisting and supporting a loved one through mental illness and/or end of life. In this well written book, the author's work flows effortlessly, recounting a 5 year period of his life with his failing mother. While covering a serious topic, Mathews tastefully adds a large dose of humor! The intriguing personalities o I wish I could have read this book before going through similar experiences with family members of my own. Dan Mathews is a great example of what a great help a caregiver can be while assisting and supporting a loved one through mental illness and/or end of life. In this well written book, the author's work flows effortlessly, recounting a 5 year period of his life with his failing mother. While covering a serious topic, Mathews tastefully adds a large dose of humor! The intriguing personalities of Dan and his mother add to the enjoyment of this memoir.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    OMG, this book! I loved it, it was laugh out loud funny in lots of places. But there was an underlying poignancy to the whole story and I won't give it away. It would make the most excellent film - Hugh Jackman as Dan, Brad Pitt as Jack and maybe Jessica Lange as Perry, although she has already done a similar role with Big Edie. Really, someone should option it ASAP. Now I have to go read the author's first book! OMG, this book! I loved it, it was laugh out loud funny in lots of places. But there was an underlying poignancy to the whole story and I won't give it away. It would make the most excellent film - Hugh Jackman as Dan, Brad Pitt as Jack and maybe Jessica Lange as Perry, although she has already done a similar role with Big Edie. Really, someone should option it ASAP. Now I have to go read the author's first book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    The writing in this book reminded me of David Sedaris who I LOVE- it’s funny but heartfelt and sincere. He doesn’t quite have the same gift for writing that Sedaris has and at times I found myself a little bored- despite the fact that the author’s life with his aging schizophrenic mother is fascinating and full of drama. I would recommend this book for sure bc it’s so interesting and full of compassion for aging and mental illness. I’m just not sure what to rate it. Somewhere btw 3 and 4 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wileyacez

    Very nice memoir about the end of life care Dan Mathews provided for his schizophrenic mother. This lady sounds like she was a force of nature, and Mathews never lets the reader forget that for all her flaws, she was the driving force behind who he became as an adult. He also did a nice job of advocating for his causes--PETA and animal rights. Could have pushed it down the readers' throats, but he tread lightly. Very nice memoir about the end of life care Dan Mathews provided for his schizophrenic mother. This lady sounds like she was a force of nature, and Mathews never lets the reader forget that for all her flaws, she was the driving force behind who he became as an adult. He also did a nice job of advocating for his causes--PETA and animal rights. Could have pushed it down the readers' throats, but he tread lightly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Herbst

    I loved this book. It’s a quick read packed with humor and compassion. Dan has done a wonderful job of letting us in on his life with Perry. I laughed and cried. There are so many funny one-liners from both Dan and Perry, and the cast of characters who’ve passed through their lives. I give it three thumbs up. It’s the perfect summer read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate Church

    I volunteered to read this book, through netgalley in exchange, for an honest review. This book is well written. I like how Dan helps take care of his mom. This book is in stores now for $36.00 (CAD). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It has mental health representation. I can't wait to read more books by this author in the future. I volunteered to read this book, through netgalley in exchange, for an honest review. This book is well written. I like how Dan helps take care of his mom. This book is in stores now for $36.00 (CAD). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It has mental health representation. I can't wait to read more books by this author in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Upton

    I picked this for our book club and we all learned from this. Mental illness is still misunderstood by many and I hope that we will be able to do a better job of helping people. In this book the author is has a wonderful and understanding relationship with his mom and was able to take care of her. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. As fellow human beings, we need to do better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Miera

    This memoir was less about Dan Mathews mother and more about himself. It was funny, and sad, but I felt like there was little lead up to his mother's mental break that ended up getting her committed. I sort of felt like there were large chunks missing from the story of them living together. This memoir was less about Dan Mathews mother and more about himself. It was funny, and sad, but I felt like there was little lead up to his mother's mental break that ended up getting her committed. I sort of felt like there were large chunks missing from the story of them living together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    4.5 I truly enjoyed this book as it both made we want to be friends with the author and made me respect him for the efforts he took to care for his mother in her later stages of life. This book is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and definitely a must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    This was, by far, the best book I've read this year—I couldn't put it down. This was, by far, the best book I've read this year—I couldn't put it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Stevens

    What an exciting read! I could not put this book down! Dan’s style of writing kept me intrigued and laughing all the way through. Such funny stories of his mother and her quirky, sassy attitude.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jquick99

    I hated this book, and didn’t last long. Maybe I need to be a fan of Dan Mathews (don’t know who he is).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    A humorous yet heart-wrenching account of the author’s mother, and how she adapted to living with her son after many years of coping with life on her own with undiagnosed schizophrenia.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

    This is the best book I have read this year! I came across it by chance and not expecting it to become one of my favorites!

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