Other People’s Mothers by J. L. Greger

Other People’s Mothers by J. L. Greger.

A Collection of Stories.

The short stories in OTHER’S PEOPLE’S MOTHERS are snapshots of the wisdom, humor, and errors made by women as they interact with their children as youngsters and adults. Mothers in fiction are often reduced to stereotypes of good, like Carol Brady and Claire Huxtable in television programs, or bad, like Mommy Dearest. Even Tolstoy over simplified families and mother when he said, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In practice, no family is always happy, and no mother is perfect. Perhaps that’s good. Much of the diversity we treasure in others reflects the quirks of their mothers’ personalities.

Think how boring life would be if we all had perfect mothers. The mothers in these vignettes certainly are not perfect, and that’s why they’re intriguing. They made choices. The narrators of the stories often didn’t understand the basis of the mothers’ decisions because of incomplete information or personal biases. Accordingly, they warped the portraits of the mothers. Think how you and your siblings remember childhood events differently. Perhaps OTHER PEOPLE’S MOTHERS will help you take a fresh look at your mother and gain a more realistic understanding of yourself.

Review by Marilyn Meredith-VINE VOICE: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. An Entertaining Read. Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017. Other People’s Mothers is a delightful collection of a stories about mothers, each one different and some quite colorful. Frankly, I’m happy to report none of them resembled my mother. I loved the differences—the moms who were loving and those who weren’t, the ones who loved to cook and those who didn’t, the ones who gave all to their husbands and had little leftover for anyone else. Like the moms, each story is unique. A good read from an excellent storyteller. Definitely recommended.

About The Author: OTHER PEOPLE’S MOTHERS is J.L Greger’s second book of short stories. Readers enjoyed the snapshots of mothers in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s so much in THE GOOD OLD DAYS? that she wrote about more modern mothers in this collection. Typically, she writes thrillers and mysteries. Her novels include: MURDER…A WAY TO LOSE WIEGHT (winner of 2016 Public Safety Writers’ contest), I SAW YOU IN BEIRUT, and MALIGNANCY (winner of 2015 Public Safety Writers’ contest). In her most recent thriller, RIDDLED WITH CLUES, a woman is targeted after she listens to the strange tale of a medic from the secret war in Laos during the 1960s. She lives in New Mexico with Bug, the prototype for the pet therapy dog, in her writings.

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Product Details:
Stand-Alone Book
Paperback: ‎118 Pages
Publisher: ‎CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (March 30, 2017)
Language: ‎English
Fiction (Family Life)

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About J.L. Greger: J. L. Greger is a scientist turned novelist. She includes science and her travel experiences in her award-winning novels: The Flu is Coming, Murder: A Way to Lose Weight, Malignancy, and others. jlgreger.com

J.L. Greger is a biology professor and research administrator from the University of Wisconsin-Madison turned novelist. She lives in New Mexico with Bug, the prototype for the dog of the same name in her mystery/thriller novels. Greger has Included tidbits on science, the American Southwest, and her international travel experiences in the eight novels of her Science Traveler series.

Is science a mystery to you? Does the COVID-19 pandemic make you want to learn a bit more about science, but you’re NOT a masochist and don’t want to read a dry text?

In my Science Traveler Series, you’ll see Sara Almquist apply her skills as a scientist to solve medical and criminal mysteries in New Mexico and worldwide. Why is a woman scientist my protagonist? I taught biology classes as the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over twenty years.

You’ll also meet the perfect gentleman in my books, Sara’s Japanese Chin dog – Bug. The character Bug is based on my own dog. As you read the books, you may think Sara has better taste in dogs than in men.

Here are key questions in my thrillers/mysteries:

A POUND OF FLESH, SORTA A pound of sheep guts contaminated with plague bacteria which causes plague is delivered to Sara’s home. Is it a threat by gang leaders to prevent Sara testifying at their racketeering trials or as a plea for help from an employee in a meat packing plant? (This thriller was a finalist for a 2020 book award. Book 7 in the series)

DIRTY HOLY WATER Sara learns what if feels like to be a suspect when a friend is murdered. Of course, she didn’t kill the woman, but can she prove it before she’s scheduled to take a romantic trip to India? (Book 8 in the series)

THE FLU IS COMING: Which is deadlier: a new form of flu which killed half or Sara’s neighbors in a walled community or a drug kingpin determined to break out of the quarantined enclave? (This medical mystery within a thriller was a finalist for a 2017 New Mexico/Arizona book award. Book 1 in the series)

MURDER…A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT: Can Sara and her sister determine how a diet doctor in a medical center was poisoned before the killer strikes again? (This mystery was a finalist for a 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award and won the 2016 Public Safety Writers Association [PSWA] contest. Book 2 in the series)

IGNORE THE PAIN: Did Sara learn too much about the coca trade and too little about a sexy new colleague while on a public health assignment in Bolivia? (Book 3 in series)

MALIGNANCY: After being shot at twice in one day by gang members disguised as police, Sara accepts a risky assignment in Cuba. Was that a wise decision? (This thriller won the 2015 PSWA contest. Book 4 in the series)

I SAW YOU IN BEIRUT: Will Sara’s past provides clues to aid the extraction of a nuclear scientist from Iran? (Book 5 in the series)

RIDDLED WITH CLUES: Will tales about the Vietnam War from an undercover drug agent and messages from a homeless veteran save a woman? (This thriller was a finalist for a 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award. Book 6 in the series.)

If you’d like less well-adjusted heroines, meet Dana Richardson in SHE DIDN’T KNOW HER PLACE. She battles inner demons as she learns the hard way what academics will do to protect their “kingdoms” at a state university in New England.

If you’re not in the mood for thriller or a mystery, why not read about families in THE GOOD OLD DAYS? or OTHER PEOPLE’S MOTHERS. (The second collection was a finalist for a 2017 NM/Arizona book award.) These stories aren’t memoirs but are based on real memories.

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