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Oh, baby, what a shower gift! Honest books for expectant mothers

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Crib sheets. Burp cloths. Receiving blankets. Diapers. These are useful items, for sure, but not exactly inspiring on the subject of motherhood. If you’re shopping for a baby shower, consider giving a gift that will provide the expectant mother a bit of comfort and insight as she approaches this major life change: a book. The recommendations we’ve included below are perfect for any mother looking for some helpful perspective on her little bundle of joy. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott (Pantheon) Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott captures her experiences as a single mother and recovering alcoholic during her son’s first year of life in a memoir that is both poignant and hilarious. Not…

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The Year of Reading Women came too late for Zelda Fitzgerald

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Siri Hustvedt’s newest novel, The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster, March 11) tells the story of a frustrated artist, Harriet (“Harry”) Burden, who presents a series of exhibits of her own work under the names of three male artists in an attempt to reveal the sexism inherent in the art world. There has of late been much attention focused on expanding the coverage and readership for women writers, and so Hustvedt’s theme of a female artist fighting for space and attention are certainly timely. 2014 has been declared the Year of Reading Women, after the hashtag #readwomen2014, started by Joanna Walsh, became part rallying cry and part celebration of the achievements of women writers. Walsh explains that she launched the project in part as a response…

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