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IS THAT YOUR MOTHER CALLING? Advice that Echoes Down Through the Ages

Marlis Manley

IS THAT YOUR MOTHER CALLING is a collection of poignant, humorous, well-intended, and even strange advice shared by several hundred people associated with Iowa State University in the mid 1980s--faculty, students, and staff born between 1926 and 1984. Their information includes the relationships of the advice givers, what the occasions were that triggered the advice, what they thought of it at first as well as years later on reflection, and what, if any, lasting effects the advice has had on their lives. The topics selected for this collection include advice on dating and marriage, specific advice to young men, specific advice to young women, and advice so unique and/or strange it defies categorizing. Editor comments are included throughout.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Marlis Manley
  • Publish Date: Mar 27th, 2024
  • Pages: 118
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.44in - 0.73lb
  • EAN: 9798869280237
  • Categories: Marriage & Long Term RelationshipsParenting - GeneralDating

About the Author

Manley, Marlis: - A former college instructor of all forms of written communication, Marlis Manley Broadhead has award-winning short stories and poems in literary magazines-including Kansas Quarterly, Mikrokosmos, Crosscurrents, and Kansas Women Writers. Her debut novel, TROPHY GIRL, published by Black Rose Writing last year, was awarded the William Faulkner second prize in 2018. While still in Wichita, her hometown, where she earned her MFA, she started the Learning Center at the Vo-Tech School for refugees from the Viet Nam war-located on the campus of her alma mater, Wichita High School East. In 1981, she and her family moved to Iowa State University where she taught business Communications and worked part-time for Better Homes and Garden's building department. Thanks to the development of fax machines, she took that writing job to northern California. There she taught a variety of writing classes at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California, while gazing over her students' heads at the Pacific Ocean. She also founded the annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (still going), started a homeless shelter (a disaster eventually), formed the Mendocino Coast Children's Fund (still thriving), and steered Fort Bragg Center for the Arts-a public showcase for local artists, who outnumbered regular folks out there five to one.Back home in Kansas, she lives with her husband and a small menagerie on a modest horse ranch just south of Kansas City where she is working on her third novel and serializing stories on Amazon Kindle Vella in the brave new world of social media.Honors and Awards-Honored at 2023 Annual Kansas Author's Dinner-William Faulkner Literary Contest, 2018, 2nd Place for novel Trophy Girl-Marlis Manley Broadhead Scholarship, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference -Finalist, Nimrod Fiction Contest (19 finalists among 714 entrants)-Second Seaton Award for Fiction, Kansas Quarterly -M.F.A. Fellow in Fiction, Wichita State University -Honorable Mention, Sixth Annual National Playwriting Contest, Wichita State University

Praise for this book

In the '80s, I mistook the horseradish for sour cream while filling my potato at my Air Force Academy graduation. My father saw the tears in my eyes and said, "Now don't act like you've never been anywhere..." Imagine my laughter reading the same quote in Marlis Manley's hilarious new book Is That Your Mother Calling? She's delivered Erma Bombeck for the new millennium!--Cam Torrens, award-winning author of Stable and False Summit


Marlis Manley provides an interesting assortment of collective wisdom from across the ages. The advice is mostly from parents or grands, and will resonate-or irritate-depending on age. That's part of its charm, though. Whether tragic or timeless, you'll find some hilarious, poignant, and still-true gems in here. -Katherine Cobb, author


Marlis Manley has given readers a special gift. The vast array of advice offered in Is That Your Mother Calling? is, as my father used to say, "as good as gold." Some tidbits are humorous, some surprising, most are filled with love; all have remained solid with the passage of time. It is uncommon to find this sort of sound advice presented in such a delightful way. Treat yourself to a copy today. -Pat Spencer, author of Golden Boxty in the Frypan and A Baker's Dozen for Authors.