Why was this book written? First, these are letters to my mom, and those reasons are explained in the 'What' section of the book. Beyond that, I had three objectives in writing this book: 1. Entertain the reader. 2. See if I could present an "easily identifiable world. " 3. Deliver interesting information.
Why the letter format? The best reason: They started as letters, so keeping them letters makes sense. Second best reason: A collection of "letters to Mom" sets the parameters well. I limit myself to content that interests my mom, rather than trying to be all things to everyone. For instance, my mother enjoys looking at houses, so I make it a point to describe homes in the letters. Third best reason: A letter gets dashed off, so I can end it with a fast and friendly... Talk to you soon!
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