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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Today, April 2, is a big day for new releases. I wanted to let you know about some cool stuff that just came out and wish the following awesome authors Happy Book Birthday! Really, these are all great reads, and I have reviews and author Q&As coming up on some of them.
Just this morning, I got to meet Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She’s got a sad, helpful and funny new book out about her journey through adoption. I’ll write up my interview on Instant Mom this week. I love her–and her warm and honest book made me adore her all the more.
And Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery? She’s been all over the talk shows this week–and she’s an amazing person. Props also to my friend Christina Baker Kline who wrote Orphan Train, an Audible and Target pick of the month. Want to laugh? Check out STFU, Parents. You must do so right now.
Happy Book Birthday to:
by Nia Vardalos
The gist: Nia goes through 10 IVFs, and then finally her daughter comes to her through adoption.
Carry On, Warrior
by Glennon Doyle Melton
The gist: An extension of her candid, truthful blog that everyone I know adores.
by Christina Baker Kline
The gist: Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Word on the street: This book is lovely.
Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir of How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs
by Tracy Beckerman
The gist: This popular writer tells how she lost her mojo and got it back as a mom in the suburbs–Beckerman is a blast to read.
STFU, Parents: A Guide to the Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare
by Blair Koenig
The gist: You will laugh out loud at the ludicrous mommy and daddy bragging in this book that’s based on Blair’s popular website.
The Yummy Mummy Kitchen
by Marina Dello
The gist: Stock up on some beautiful, tasty and kid-friendly recipes from this well-known food blogger.
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Friday, February 15th, 2013
A dear, smart and inspiring author, Emily Rapp, lost her son Ronan today after a long struggle with Tay-Sachs disease. Emily’s forthcoming memoir, The Still Point of the Turning World, is one of my very top picks for 2013. I will read it soon with tears in my eyes. Here is a little more about Emily’s story directly from her press materials:
“Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three; he would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting. They would have to learn to live with their child in the moment; to find happiness in the midst of sorrow; to parent without a future. The Still Point of the Turning World is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it.”
Peace be with you, Emily. Peace be with your family. Peace be with Ronan up above.
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
One of the most important parenting books of last year was Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree. I’m not usually a cryer–my eyes stayed dry during all of Les Miserables–but this book made me weep. The sections on autism and schizophrenia are particularly insightful, surprising and heartbreaking. Far from the Tree goes into intense detail about what it’s like to parent children who are out of the ordinary. What would you do if you had a child who was deaf, autistic, schizophrenic, brilliant or became a murderer? Your whole identity as a parent will be altered just by pondering such big questions.
Don’t have time to read Solomon’s 700-page book? (It took me 20 hours.) He will be featured on Katie Couric’s show, Katie, this afternoon. He is bringing along some of the parents he interviewed. I anxiously read about these achingly real and relatable people, and I want to see them speak about their children–and how they’ve tried to improve their lives–on Katie’s show. Click this link to watch the teaser for the episode.
Check out Katie today. It airs at 3 p.m. EST on ABC on the East Coast. Are you as moved by the stories in Far From the Tree as I am?
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Monday, December 31st, 2012
Whenever I got down about parenting this year–i.e. when my 5-year-old only wanted Daddy to put him to bed and my 7-year-olds started painting their own nails (and the dog’s)–I turned to advice books for advice and wisdom.
Luckily, there were so many authors with witty, strong and fun opinions. The following parenting titles made me sure of a few things. First, I’m not a bad parent–and neither are you, Jenny Lawson. Second, it’s super easy to do better without stressing out–thank you Heather Shumaker. Plus, who doesn’t want to have a whole lot more fun? Below, see my picks for the best parenting books of 2012.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
Whatever problems your family has, author Jenny Lawson can probably top them. Her hilarious memoir takes you from her raucous, offbeat and bloody childhood to her attached-by-a-marriage-document relationship with her long-suffering husband named Victor. She overcomes a life-threatening pregnancy, a fight over a metal chicken and the zombie apocalypse with messed up insight that totally and completely enlightened me.
Favorite line: “When Hailey was born my first thought was that I needed a drink and that hospitals should have bars in them.”
It’s Okay Not to Share
by Heather Shumaker
This book makes it okay–even preferable–to invite my friends with kids over for dinner and totally ignore the munchkins. So what if they argue over a toy? As long as no one is getting hurt, they’ll work it out more efficiently on their own. And what if my daughter doesn’t like the girl who keeps asking her for a playdate? That’s okay. Adults don’t like everyone we meet, so why should little kids? All we really have to do is be polite, nice and compassionate. I love the no-nonsense advice for parenting in today’s overprotective, helicopter world. Shumaker untangles tightwad adult rules and makes perfect sense.
Favorite idea: Kids don’t have to say, ‘Sorry.’ Overuse of the word is a cop-out and has no meaning. Instead, children should take action to set things right.
by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen
This book makes a great case for saving yourself some serious money and not buying your kid a Wii. Even if you, like me, already caved on that one, you’ll still love Unbored. It’s filled with activities that you’ll really want to do with your kids. For my little kids, I liked making the no-sew stuffed animal and becoming a yarn bomber. But this book is great for tweens, too. It even has a section on how to “Train Your Grownup to Let You Go Solo.”
Favorite chapter: “Train Your Grownup to Curse without Cursing”
What were your favorite parenting books this year?
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
The main reason I’m writing this post today is so I can mention the Fifty Shades Trilogy before 2012 ends. I know this is an outrageous statement–and I don’t want my blog followers to dislike me–but I think 50 Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are silly.
But, hey, I read them all. I’ll admit that the sex scenes turned me on. My husband liked them. And most of my friends dug the E. L. James novels, and everyone I know was talking about them last summer.
Recently, Amazon announced its top-selling books of the year, and there were fifty shades of no surprises. The trilogy earned half a billion dollars in gross sales in 2012. In June, Fifty Shades of Grey was the fastest-selling paperback of all time beating out the Harry Potter series.
I could buy a lot of Hershey’s Kisses and Apple products with cash like that. You know, for my kids.
Sigh. Let’s all lament for a moment on how we could’ve been and should’ve been E. L. James. Have a book inside of you? I do. Let’s write it. There’s always 2013.
Here are the rest of Amazon’s Top Selling Books of 2012. Parents of young kids have slightly different taste than the general public, but there’s some overlap, of course, because Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7 just plain rocks.
1. through 3. Fifty Shades of the Sillies
4. The Hunger Games (Book 1)
5. StrengthsFinder 2.0 (*I haven’t heard of this one either)
6. Fifty Shades Trilogy
7. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2)
8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Book 3)
9. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7)
10. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden
11. The Hunger Games Trilogy
12. Gone Girl
13. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus Book 3)
14. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd Edition
15. A Song of Ice and Fire (Books 1 through 4 of Game of Thrones)
For some really good books, check out the Parents’ staff picks post from yesterday.
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