VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book


Calling all moms, whether you be mother or stepmother to an infant, toddler, tween, or adolescent, we have a new book group at the store just for us!


Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother of a kindergartner, and stepmother of an adolescent. (And we don't mean board books or indestructibles--You know, the ones with the pages that you can chew.) No, we mean real, honest-to-goodness, grown-up books!


The book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm in the Book Fare Cafe for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood, and what it means to be a mother. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home, but much of the selection may be geared toward issues that those moms face. We will read fiction, non-fiction, and parenting books.  


Authors do not usually attend.


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Mary Coin (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780142180785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume, 2/2014
Sunday, October 12, 2:00pm

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143121343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 6/2012
Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm

A story of survival and war, love and madness, loyalty and forgiveness, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, fertile, death-dealing land.

The Yearling (Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780689846236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin, 9/2001
Sunday, December 14, 2:00pm

Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh. His family fights off wolves, bears, even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780679733768
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage, 1/1990
Sunday, January 11, 2:00pm

Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.

Graced Land (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780936085395
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Heron Publishing, 8/1997
Sunday, February 8, 2:00pm
Note: Author attending!!

The indomitable Joyce Jackson, her two kids, and an infamous front porch shrine dedicated to Elvis battle the Welfare department - boss Madge, Emily the preppy social worker, and a system still trying to defeat her. A sensuous, rollicking story of love set amidst the shadows of the King and rock 'n' roll.

Make Me a Mother (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780393068177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 2/2014
Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm

In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. Her relationship with her son teaches Susanne to understand her own troubled childhood and to forgive and care for her own aging parents. Susanne comes to realize how, time and time again, all families have to learn to adopt one another.

Mockingbird (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781849822381
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MP Publishing, 12/2013
Sunday, April 12, 2:00pm
Note: Author attending!!

The cry of an abandoned baby on the outskirts of an old Cuban town attracts the attention - and then cracks open the life - of a wandering tourist. Mia, an out-of-work actress whose life is adrift, finds herself filled with purpose as she looks for a place the baby can call home. As with any odyssey, the way home is filled with twists and turns. Mockingbird is written in the first person, as a kind of exculpatory love letter to the baby from Mia.

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780316204262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books, 4/2013
Sunday, May 17, 2:00pm
Note: This meeting is delayed a week due to Mothers' Day.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence - creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780547520209
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Mariner Books, 3/2011
Sunday, June 14, 2:00pm

St. Elizabeth’s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Until Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth’s extended family of nuns.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781580055024
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Seal Press (CA), 12/2013
Sunday, July 12, 2:00pm

In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media-fed notion of what it means to be a "good mother." This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don't tend to see in the headlines or on the news.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781609450069
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions, 4/2011
Sunday, August 9, 2:00pm

Told with sly humor and an anthropologist’s eye for detail, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is the story of three unforgettable women whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is at turns hilarious and tragic. In her new novel, Russian-born Alina Bronsky gives readers a moving portrait of the devious limits of the will to survive.