Mah & Me, Mimi Aarens' collection of twenty-three memoirs, is the gathering-in of her decades-long pursuit of giving voice to many of her early experiences. Whether in the dreaded-shared bed with her big sister, playtime on multi-racial and multi-ethnic Ashford Street in Brooklyn, the backseat of the family car, or summertime adventures in New York States' Borscht Belt villages, we're right there as the narrator successfully brings us along on the ride. The clarity and authenticity of the child's voice is never in question, as we the readers, notice Mah's momentary raised eyebrow, avoid grandma's chin whisker or thrill to the early morning lake water as it buoys the narrator's adolescent body. And Mah is always there: guiding the young narrator as she learns to thread a needle; enjoying the special Saturday open-air bus rides to the Museum of Natural History, or softening the blows of one of Dad's 'commandments.' Aarens takes us with her through the years after World War ll, sharing with us a now-disappeared landscape.
Mimi Aarens is currently a writer and a mosaic artist. She has taught memoir writing at Lifelong Learning Centers around Boston for 14 years. She has been a marketing communications specialist, a school teacher, a political activist and an oil painter. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts near her children and grandchildren.