Category: Books for Adults

Field notes from a journey of unexpected grace

Kyran Pittman’s subtitle for her memoir Planting Dandelions is “Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life.” I hope she’ll forgive me for repurposing it here to tell you why this is the mothering memoir you would be foolish to skip because you think they’re all the same. If you read Kyran’s blog, Notes To Self, or if you’ve caught her work in Good Housekeeping, you already know that she excels at weaving words into imagery and painting every detail of a scene until you feel like you’re standing right there with her, or maybe right inside her head. Even having...

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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby

Even if I had known about One Year to an Organized Life with Baby when I was first pregnant, I probably would have been too disorganized to read it. We had recently moved to a new house and to say we were unprepared is an understatement. We were fools. No, we were crazy fools. This book would have rocked my world. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, by best-selling author Regina Leeds with Meagan Francis (one our favorite bloggers) is a week-to-week guide that helps parents prioritize what they need to know and what they can do...

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A parenting book you might be surprised to love

My dad died when I was 22 — long before I met my husband, or had my son — and my mom is very much alive. So you wouldn’t necessarily think that the book Parentless Parents, by my friend Allison Gilbert, would resonate with someone like me. And yet it is one of the most inspiring parenting books I’ve ever read. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump – extended thru 2/16] Lots of moms rely on Grandma or Grandpa to watch their kids when they desperately need a night out, to get parenting advice, or to remember how...

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Warning: Reading this book during pregnancy will make you pee yourself. Even more.

We have eagerly been awaiting the Let’s Panic About Babies book every since we first became pregnant with our own babies. And that’s saying something. Because back then, we didn’t even know anything about authors Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy, how funny they are, or that they were even considering writing a book together. That’s just how awesome this book is: It transcends the impossible! If you’ve ever seen the Let’s Panic About Babies Website, you might have an inkling of what to expect–new babies referred to as “recently freed fetal captives,” and the suggestion that your first...

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Consider It Done. No, really.

On any given day, I might have to drop off a neighbor’s kid at his piano teacher’s house although he doesn’t know her last name or the name of the street on which she lives, clip a finch’s toenails, and negotiate with an international credit agency for an elderly relative — I know you know what I’m talking about. We moms are usually expected to just figure out how to do some wacky stuff all on our own. And then I was handed Consider it Done: Accomplish 228 of Life’s Trickiest Tasks. Written by Julie Subotky, a lifestyle manager and CEO of...

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Spit That Out!

I’m not the Most Neurotic Mom in the World, but some days I feel I’d make it to First Runner Up, ready to step in, should she be unable to fulfill her duties. I work hard to give my children a healthy, positive, eco-friendly environment, and that means worrying — a lot — about  my choices.  Spit That Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf, is a helpful book for worrier mommas like me — and you perhaps? — and all of our sisters in worry. Wolf has...

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I heart I LEGO NY

After many months of buzz, hoopla, and general fanfare, I finally got around to checking out Christoph Niemann’s I LEGO N.Y., and as a native New Yawka, I know can’t imagine what I had been waiting for. This board book is everything I love in a book–it’s artful, it’s super clever, and it works on levels that will make it a favorite of toddlers, big kids, and even their parents. Every page features a series of simple LEGO constructions–we’re talking a few pieces, max–designed to recreate Manhattan buildings, places, and tongue-in-cheek concepts. While it helps to know New York...

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Giving the gift of reading. Really, really good reading.

It’s awfully daunting, standing in the hustle and bustle of a huge bookstore during the holidays and trying to find one book among millions for the bibliophile or budding reader in your life. Luckily, there’s a fabulous new service to help you choose  just the right book–not surprisingly, it’s called Just the Right Book. This amazing service is the brainchild of the fine folks at Connecticut’s award-winning R.J. Julia Bookstores. You select the age of your lucky recipient, then answer some basic questions, even if all you know is that your niece loves Twilight or your toddler nephew loves trains....

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The Beauty of Different – both different and beautiful

As a longtime reader of Karen Walrond’s blog Chookooloonks, I expected her first book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit, to be gorgeous. I’m familiar enough with her pictures to expect the photography to be stunning; I’m familiar enough with her probing writing style to know that her narrative would touch me. I knew these things, because I know Karen. What I didn’t know was how substantial this book would be, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The physical book itself is coffee-table-worthy in its heft and glossiness, and the stories captured within...

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Everything is better with a gorilla

Having small children underfoot can make even the simplest task complicated and/or maddening. But did you ever think that having a gorilla around could help bring much-needed balance and tranquility to your life? Okay. Fair enough. Me neither– until now. Everything Is Better With a Gorilla is a fun book that explores just a few of the millions of activities that can be improved by the addition of a gorilla. From spelunking to grilling to conducting a surveillance operation, gorillas bring strength, patience, and ninja-like sandwich making skills to any endeavor. Wait. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Nope....

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