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Unforgettable is a son’s spirited, affecting, and inspiring tribute to his remarkable mother and the love between parent and child.

When NPR’s Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother’s hospital room in July 2013, he didn’t know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon’s evocative and moving meditations went viral. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother’s death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength and celebrating familial love.

Unforgettable expands on those famous tweets to create a memoir that is rich, deeply affecting, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating. His mother was a glamorous woman of the Mad Men-era; she worked in nightclubs, modeled, dated mobsters and movie stars, and was a brave single parent to young Scott Simon. Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime’s worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unforgettable is a treasure…unflinching and, quite often, very funny. At its center is a remarkable woman, gorgeous and charming and relentlessly honest, who remains a true star to the very end.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of The Laws of Our Fathers

  • “[A] poignant, funny, intimate memoir…This is an unforgettable meditation on a life lived, as Hemingway wrote, ‘all the way up.’”

    Laura Hillenbrand, New York Times bestselling author of Unbroken

  • “Refreshing. [Unforgettable] celebrates a happy if quirky childhood and its central beloved architect: Simon’s mother. Unforgettable isn’t about modern medicine or death. It is about how to live.”

    AARP the Magazine

  • “In a return to the bighearted storytelling that made him a star NPR correspondent, [Simon] pays full tribute to the ex-showgirl who…taught her only son to be honest, kind, and entertaining. Be assured, tears will fall.”

    People magazine

  • “Simon reveals not the possibilities of social media but its limits. Those 140-character bursts…seem inadequate compared with the skilled unspooling of this memoir. This book is about family secrets revealed…because a moment arrives when they’re all that matter and secrecy no longer does. [Reading this] you realize that the tears have been flowing…easing your way through a book that easily matches its title.”

    Washington Post

  • “An unforgettable portrait of a feisty woman who survived from another era.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Simon’s memoir is so captivating that everyone, not just fans of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” will enjoy learning about the wellspring that nourished the award-winning journalist’s wit, intelligence, heart, and chutzpah…Every child should have such an opportunity to be there for his or her mother in those final days and hours. Every mother should have such a gifted child.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “He takes his quirky, devoted, gracious mother on her own terms, and his work shimmers as a touching tribute.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The familiar voice of NPR host and correspondent Scott Simon introduces listeners to a more personal side of his life in this audiobook…His relaxed pace and pleasant vocal quality are conducive to easy listening.”


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