What My Mother Gave Me

Author: Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616202682
Release Date: 2013-04-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists. Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother’s love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship. Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter’s religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother’s gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women. Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, “whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most."

Mom Candy

Author: Jena Pincott
Publisher: Random House Reference
ISBN: 9780375426292
Release Date: 2016-04-26
Genre: Reference

Sweet, satisfying and calming, Mom Candy is the perfect pick-me-up gift for mothers of all ages. With 1,000 quotes, reflections, and insights Mom Candy gets at the heart of motherhood—from the anticipation of pregnancy and the arrival of a new baby, through the early years and the school days, to the lifelong bond that women have with their children. With thoughts from Hillary Clinton, Madeleine L'Engle, Michelle Obama, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Erica Jong, Jodi Picoult, and many others. Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.— Tina Fey, actress, writer, and producer

Like My Mother Always Said

Author: Erin McHugh
Publisher: ABRAMS
ISBN: 9781613126547
Release Date: 2014-03-25
Genre: Humor

From the caring to the crazy, a collection of wit and wisdom from real-life moms. Their words can bring love and laughter and make us feel warm and safe . . . or, occasionally, completely confused. Now, the author of Like My Father Always Said . . .has crowd-sourced quotable quotes from countless moms—and gathers them in this hilarious, heartwarming volume. “Every woman should have a nice gay man looking after her.” “You’re not hungry. Your mouth is bored.” “You like what you’re wearing?” “Have a drink, you’ll perk right up.” “Don’t be impressed by a man’s car—he may be living in it.” Covering a variety of subjects including “Questionable Wisdom,” “Unconditional Love,” and “Good Manners & Bad Behavior,” Like My Mother Always Said . . . is the perfect book for anyone whose mom never gave up on them.

The God Box

Author: Mary Lou Quinlan
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
ISBN: 9781608323616
Release Date: 2012-04-17
Genre: Self-Help

When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft—until Mary Lou searches for her mother’s “God Box,” her private cache of notes to God on behalf of family, friends and strangers. To Mary Lou’s amazement, she finds not one but ten boxes stuffed with hundreds of tiny petitions that spanned the last twenty years of her mother’s life. Note by note, Mary Lou unearths a treasure of her mother’s wishes and worries and insight. Mary asked God for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Her requests, penned on scraps of paper, were presented without expectation—the ultimate expression of letting go. Follow Mary Lou’s emotional journey as she uncovers her mother’s innermost thoughts—nostalgic, surprising and even a bit shocking. As she recalls life with the woman who was her best friend, Mary Lou also discovers her own more empathetic, engaged self—the woman her mother had believed in all along. Poignantly written and beautifully designed, The God Box is a gift for every mother, every daughter, every person who, regardless of beliefs, trusts in the permanence of love and the power of family.

Mentors Muses Monsters

Author: Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438443508
Release Date: 2012-02-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.

Me My Hair and I

Author: Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616205430
Release Date: 2015-09-29
Genre: Health & Fitness

Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women’s lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality. They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli’s Venus. The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory—and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo. "A terrific read for those of us who obsess about our hair. Or those who live with those of us who do. A collection that’s, I dare say, a cut above the rest.” —Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace

The Wholeness of a Broken Heart

Author: Katie Singer
Publisher: Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks)
ISBN: 1573228311
Release Date: 2000-09-01
Genre: Fiction

Narrated in the voices of four generations of Jewish women, this novel explores a young woman's troubled relationship with her mother and delves into the vastly different experiences that divide first-generation Jewish Americans from their parents and grandparents.

The Stuff of Life

Author: Karen Karbo
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 159691825X
Release Date: 2008-12-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The Oregon Book Awards presented the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction to Karen Karbo for The Stuff of Life. When Karen Karbo's father, a charming, taciturn Clint Eastwood type who lives in a triple-wide in the Nevada desert, is diagnosed with lung cancer, his only daughter rises to the challenge of caring for him. Neither of them is exactly cut out for the job. As Dick Karbo's disease progresses, Karen finds herself sometimes the responsible adult, sometimes a stubborn teenager all over again. But in the end, what father and daughter discover more than anything is the love and the toughness that makes them alike.

Like My Father Always Said

Author: Erin McHugh
Publisher: ABRAMS
ISBN: 9781613127933
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Humor

A collection of crowd-sourced quips and quotes from real-life dads—from the profound to the hilarious. The author of Like My Mother Always Said . . . presents a new volume that focuses on fatherly advice—gathered from contributors around the world. Dads may come from different places and have wildly varying personalities, but sometimes their wisdom is universal. Other times, it’s just plain bizarre . . . “You can have as much freedom as you can pay for.” “Nothing happens when you stay home.” “Drink only one beer at a time.” Covering a variety of subjects including “The Facts of Life,” “Growing Up Right,” and “Ask Your Mother,” Like My Father Always Said . . . is packed with hundreds of gems—the perfect book for anyone whose dad ever tried to steer them right.

Madam President Revised Edition

Author: Eleanor Clift
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136705175
Release Date: 2016-05-06
Genre: History

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Notes from a Blue Bike

Author: Tsh Oxenreider
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781400205585
Release Date: 2014-02-11
Genre: Religion

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently. It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions. The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike. Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices. It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

Make Trouble

Author: John Waters
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616207168
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Self-Help

From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and all who seek happiness and success on their own terms. So what if you have talent? Then what? When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage our critics. Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, MAKE TROUBLE! Illustrated with slightly demented line drawings by Eric Hanson, Make Trouble is a one-of-a-kind gift, the perfect playbook for gaming the system by making the system work for you.

The Best Contemporary Women s Fiction

Author: Jenna Blum
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547661520
Release Date: 2010-12-22
Genre: Fiction

Six novels in one volume by today’s most outstanding female writers—includes The Magician’s Assistant, Those Who Save Us, and more. From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto, to the multiple award-winning author of This Must Be the Place, this collection gathers a half-dozen top-notch literary talents in a treasure trove for fiction lovers. Included: Almost by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband—who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum follows Trudy, a professor of German history, as she investigates her mother’s past in WWII Germany, combining a passionate, doomed love story; a vivid evocation of life during the war; and a poignant mother/daughter drama. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss is a heartwarming story of a young woman with the rare talent of “gentling” wild horses, and the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals. The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones takes readers inside the hidden world of elite cuisine in modern China, through the story of an American food writer in Beijing who discovers that her late husband may have been leading a double life. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is a gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett tells the story of the death of a secretive magician—and how it sets in motion his partner’s journey of self-discovery.

The Cat s Table

Author: Michael Ondaatje
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780307401434
Release Date: 2012-06-12
Genre: Fiction

From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat's Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage. From the Hardcover edition.

What Mattered Most

Author: Linda Winfree
Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary
ISBN: 9781640633155
Release Date: 2017-08-21
Genre: Fiction

Houston homicide detective John O'Reilly is torn between two women. One is the woman he's loved without hope for years. The other carries his unborn child. Now, a man bent on revenge wants O'Reilly to choose, and any choice he makes could cost him everything. Gutsy sheriff’s deputy Lanie Falconetti is determined not to repeat her mother’s mistakes in love. Her no-strings attached affair with John O’Reilly leads to an unexpected, but joyfully welcomed pregnancy. However, the shadow from John’s past threatens not only her chance at happiness, but her life and that of her unborn baby as well.