Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Mama Reads Occasionally

  • Mother Shock, Andrea Buchanan: Makes the correlation between culture shock and how it feels becoming a mother. Outstanding, well written, highly insightful, deeply empathetic writing. Suggested by MamaAme
  • The Price Of Motherhood, Ann Crittenden: This is such a validating book because it outlines the inequalities, discrepancies and economic hardships that goes, unfortunately, with mother work. Suggested by MamaAme
  • The Motherhood Manifesto, Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner: This book covers everything American women have been trying to get for years: Maternity leave,(decent) Childcare, Flexible work and decent wages, Healthcare, all the biggies one would think we'd already have by now. This book not only reports on the situation, but offers real solutions to a real problem in America. Well researched, well formatted, an essential for all mothers. Suggested by Kris.
  • Shop Girl, Steve Martin: Anything Steve Martin writes is excellent. He is a genius. He is frequently seen in The New Yorker.
  • Ariel
  • The Bell Jar
  • Letters Home
  • Journals, Sylvia Plath
  • Virginia Woolf Journals
  • The Diaries of Anais Nin
  • Delta of Venus
  • Women of the Beat Generation, Brenda Knight
  • It's The Little Things, Lena Williams: Recently read by Kris. Engaging, Witty and Eye-opening.
  • Linda Goodman's Love Signs; Sun Signs: Classics of the Astrological world, indispensable.
  • Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery, Elizabeth Haiken: This is great if you have the stomach for it. Ever wonder how cosmetic surgery started? How it became so mainstream? The history behind it is so fascinating-You want to turn away in disgust, but you have to sneak in just one more peek.
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence: One of the greatest books ever. It was banned in the '60s and was the subject of a much publicized 'obscenity trial' at the Old Bailey. Beautifully written, flawless story.
  • Wicked, Gregory Maguire
  • Tender Is The Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Averno, Louise Gluck
  • The Hot Zone, Richard Preston: Freaked me out the first time I read it.
  • French Lieutanant's Woman, John Fowles
  • Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T.S. Eliot, Carole Seymore-Jones: I am just beginning to read this, and it is mind blowing!!!

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