Sunday morning linkfest

Hi All,

After a week, I have finally finished up reading last Saturday’s Globe & Mail, and found a couple of things that might be interesting to you. As you may remember, last week was Mother’s Day, and there was lots of maternally-related content. I’m thinking about motherhood, in some form, most of the time, so I thought we could look at this subject today, without feeling like it was old news.

A booklist of recent books on the subject of Motherhood, from the Life section

Here’s a link to the list online (if you follow the link, also check out the single comment, for a different perspective on motherhood). I’ll list the books and give you a link to LibraryThing for some non-professional reader ratings for each book. I haven’t read any of these books, so I’d love to hear from you if you have (and, of course, even if you haven’t). I’ve heard a lot about the controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

Balance Is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak:  An Indispensible Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Osirak (Sorry, no LibraryThing listing for this one.)

The War on Moms:  On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation by Shannon Lerner

Bad Mother:  A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman

The 7 Stages of Motherhood:  Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind by Ann Pleshette Murphy

The Monster Within:  The Hidden Side of Motherhood by Barbara Almond

The Price of Motherhood:  Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued (10th Anniversity edition) by Ann Crittenden

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua  (I like this one already, simply because it has no explanatory subtitle. Eliz.)

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids:  Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan  (This is the philosophy that got me in trouble when I acquired that third cat.  Eliz.)

Good Enough is the New Perfect:  Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Holly Schwartz Temple

Interestingly, most of these books are not widely owned or read by the LibraryThing population. Who’s reading them? My goodness, there are a lot of books about motherhood. Is everybody an expert? Here’s a crazy idea:  form a book club and read and discuss these books.

Blogging about our stylish parents, from the Style Section

A couple of blogs to check out from this article by Hannah Sung.  The article is about the book developed from this blog by Piper Weiss, called My Mom, the Style Icon, which collects and celebrates photos of peoples’ parents, taken when they were young adults.  The article mentions other blogs which are also devoted to reexamining the coolness factor of one’s parents, such as My Parents Were Awesome and Dads:  The Original Hipsters  

A little sentimentality never hurt anyone, much, but, if you need a dose of reality after the slightly faded photos on these blogs, I recommend the blog Advanced Style which triumphs the current styles of people who have probably been dressing sharply since the days when our parents were young.  This blog is a nice antidote to the youth-oriented focus of most celebrity worship sites.

Wishing you happy clicking, and let us know what you think,



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