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‘About My Mother’ memoir from Mike Rowe’s mom hits New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY bestseller lists

SANTA MONICA, Cal. (November 26, 2018) – A humorous memoir by 80-year-old Peggy Rowe, About My Mother (November 13, Forefront Books) hit three major bestseller lists over the weekend appearing at #8 on the New York Times, #6 on Wall Street Journal and #16 on USA TODAY.

“It’s such an honor to work with Peggy Rowe,” said Jonathan Merkh, founder and publisher of Forefront Books. “The strength of her humor and storytelling has captivated America.”

About My Mother features a foreword from Rowe’s son – Executive Producer, Show Host, and Podcaster Mike Rowe, who has helped make his mother a favorite among his “little Facebook friends” (as coined by Peggy) with a regular bit he calls, “Mondays with Mother,” where he shares her humorous antics with more than 5 million Facebook friends. Mike’s fans have turned out in droves to support About My Mother, which now has 85,000+ followers on its own Facebook page.

Upon its pre-release in September, About My Mother temporarily trumped Bob Woodward’s Fear to become the number one seller on and caused havoc at due to its overwhelming popularity. When it originally released this summer, the then self-published title sold 10,000 copies in three weeks, drawing the attention of publishers including newly-created Forefront Books, helmed by former Howard Books/Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Merkh, who picked it up. About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother released from Forefront Books on November 13 and distributed by Simon & Schuster.

“It never fails.  Every time I involve my mother in a TV show or a commercial campaign, she upstages me,” says Rowe.  “Now, just as I was preparing to write a book of my own, she cranks out a feel-good hit of the summer.  And I’m not even in it! Typical.”

Peggy Rowe is working on her second book.

About My Mother:  There’s a Thelma Knobel in everyone’s life.  She’s the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today, Thelma would be described as an alpha personality.  But while growing up, her daughter, Peggy, saw her as a dictator–albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning: Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, a genteel controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters.

When major league baseball came to town in the early 1950s and turned sophisticated Thelma into a crazed Baltimore Orioles groupie, nobody was more surprised and embarrassed than Peggy.  Life became a series of compromises–Thelma tolerating a daughter who pitched manure and galloped the countryside, while Peggy learned to tolerate the whacky Orioles fan who threw her underwear at the TV, shouted insults at umpires, and lived by the orange and black schedule taped to the refrigerator door.

About Forefront Books:  Serving as a concierge publisher, Forefront Books works directly with clients to create a winning publishing strategy.  Forefront Books’ founder and publisher, Jonathan Merkh, has over 25 years of experience and has published over 1,000 books including over 50 New York Times best-sellers with 10s of millions of copies sold with authors such as Dave Ramsey, Charles F Stanley, The Robertson family from Duck Dynasty and many more. Forefront Books is distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Contact:  Jennifer Willingham / Paige Collins, ICON Media Group, /, 615-483-4729 / 615-934-4162