Sunday, January 18, 2009


A Mastery of Motherhood
My Mother 16 x MOM
Barbara Olivo Cagle

16X MOM is a wonderful book that was written by a high school classmate of mine, Bobbie (Barbara) Olivo Cagle. What a fun read! On the surface the book is about Bobbie's amazing mother Rose who had 16 children....Rose's childhood and her raising of her enormous family. But the book really is so much more than that! The book is chockful of Rose's family history as well as documented California history and has hundreds of pictures and anecdotes interspersed with the the triumphs and tragedies of family life. The descriptions are rich and detailed and the book is an inspiration and a joy.! The reader becomes involved in the real life characters and at the same time you are swept into life in California from the turn of the 19th century until the present.
Rose Olivo is still alive and well, by the way. She will turn 91 in March and is still spritely and full of as many insightful witticisms as ever.
More information on the making of the book, reviews and news articles can be found at:
The price is $29.99 and can be purchased through PayPal on her Website:


Joanne Huffman said...

How cool is this!


Paula Bentley said...

I couldn't put 16xMom down! This is such an inspiring look at motherhood! A great read!

Melissa Byrd said...

This has been an amazing way to learn about my Grandma Rose, Grandpa Nello and all of my Aunts and Uncles. I started reading this book a few days ago and I havn't been able to put it down.

Tom Brown said...

I have really enjoyed getting to know Barbara and enjoyed her book.

Latharia said...

That is too neat!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the hard work you put into it. Once I started, I couldn't stop

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