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Book Love for Moms on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, which means it’s time to celebrate the mothers in your life. Maybe you’re a mother yourself, or maybe you have a mother or a mother-type figure you appreciate. Regardless, why not make this Mother’s Day a literary one? Celebrate in a way that everyone is guaranteed to love: with some truly awesome books. The great thing about a book is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. So for this Mother’s Day, we’re recommending four books that are sure to put a smile on your face. Joyful and fun, these are stories that you can also enjoy at any time of the year. After all, why only celebrate motherhood for one day? Whether it’s…

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On Mother’s Day, Reward Yourself with a Box of Romance Books or a $50 Victoria Secret Gift Card!

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Mother’s Day is here and that means it’s all about YOU! For all of you moms, aunts, godmothers and grandmothers out there, this weekend is the time that we get to finally give back to you and you can’t say no! Whether you’re getting a little “me” time away from the kids, the house and the dog, a special candlelit dinner planned by your hunny, or simply taking the day off from doing the dishes, just remember: this is your weekend. So why not reward yourself?! Go out for that massage, get a mani/pedi that any other day would break the bank or just find your happy place. And if that place happens to include some seriously romantic books that…

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4 Memoirs that separate mothering and smothering

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With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, there’s no better time to read about the often ambivalent relationships between mothers and daughters. There’s a growing shelf of autobiographies dwelling on the complexities of the mother-child bond. Below we’ve chosen four terrific memoirs that illuminate that fine line between mothering and smothering. The Year My Mother Came Back, by Alice Eve Cohen (2015) There’s gentle magic realism in this mother-daughter memoir. The year of the title has two meanings: first was the last year of Louise Cohen’s life, when she and Alice reached a détente in their tense relationship. But then, nearly three decades later, Louise kept “coming back” during the difficult year that forms the kernel of the memoir—a year…

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Thanking the mothers who serve

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When a Mom kisses her children goodbye, it’s usually to reassure them all is well. She’s only going away for a little while; it might be a short business trip, a quick run to the market, or a night out with her friends. It’s hard to think about Mom leaving home for a year or more—perhaps never to return—because she’s going off to fight a war in some far-away part of the world. Most of us can don’t even want to imagine it. She’s not there for the glory. She’s there fighting for the freedoms and democracy we all enjoy and sometimes take for granted. She’s risking her life to ensure a safe future for her children and those of…

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On Mother’s Day, two moms can be better than one

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Mother’s Day is here and we need to remember that some individuals in fact have two mothers. Many still contest the idea and claim that young children may be confused. However, there are plenty of positive ways to celebrate Mother’s Day if a lesbian couple is involved; just ask Susan Smith Kuczmarski, Ed.D, a professor at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago. An award-winning author of five books, including the recently released Becoming A Happy Family: Pathways to the Family Soul, Kuczmarksi has also appeared on the Today Show, and is considered a leading expert on “issues devoted to the contemporary family.” What kinds of special challenges do two moms face on a daily basis? We all share in the…

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Fiction’s five most misunderstood mothers

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So maybe there was that incident with the apple. Or the embarrassment at the dance at Netherfield. And trying to rip Beowulf from stem to stern was probably a bit extreme. But really, aren’t some of fiction’s mothers just misunderstood? There are plenty of good mother role models: Marmee in Little Women. Mrs. Miniver. Mrs. Lancaster in The Fault In Our Stars. But are the “wicked” moms really so bad? Or are they victims of bad publicity? Maybe they just need a second look: Regina Mills, Mayor of Storybrooke, Maine a.k.a. Snow White’s Stepmother, aka Wicked Queen Once Upon A Time For a do-it-all modern mother, look no farther than Mayor Regina Mills. Regina might have a problem with jealousy,…

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Bonding over books: How to start a mother-daughter book club

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Back in February, I posted a quick guide to setting up a successful book club, based on my own wonderful experiences with my book club. My daughter, at eighteen months, is perhaps a bit too young to join the club, but I love the idea of starting a mother-daughter club once she gets old enough. I’ve discussed this with some of the other mothers in my club, and everyone seems to like the idea. But we weren’t exactly sure how it would work. It’s one thing to vow to get together with our daughters once a month and all read a book together, but how could we use the club as an opportunity to have the kinds of conversations with…

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