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 upstairs in the Writers' Corner 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.



By Alina Bronsky, Tim Mohr (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609450069
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Published: Europa Editions - April 26th, 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.

By M. Wylie Blanchet, Eileen Blanchet (Afterword by), Timothy Egan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781770500372
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Published: Whitecap Books - May 15th, 2011

Sunday, September 13, 2:00pm
This is the biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer.

ISBN: 9780062409850
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2:00pm
Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.

ISBN: 9780812976731
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Published: Random House Trade - December 18th, 2007

Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm
Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban, volunteering as a nurse's aide, but soon found that her skills as a trained hairdresser were far more in demand. Kabul Beauty School is her witty and insightful memoir of friendship and perseverance.

By Sun-Mi Hwang, Nomoco (Illustrator), Chi-Young Kim (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143123200
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Published: Penguin Books - November 26th, 2013

Sunday, December 13, 2:00pm
This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild--and to hatch an egg of her own.

ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Sunday, January 10, 2:00pm
Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - January 3rd, 2012

Sunday, February 7, 2:00pm
Before Liz Lemon, before Weekend Update, before "Sarah Palin," Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Fey's story can be told.
NOTE: This meeting is one week early due to Valentine's Day

By Willa Cather, Terese Svoboda (Afterword by), Marilyn Sides (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780451466266
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Published: Signet Classics - March 4th, 2014

Sunday, April 10, 2:00pm
A successful lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with an immigrant Bohemian girl.

ISBN: 9781594481925
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

Sunday, May 15, 2:00pm
McBride paints a portrait of growing up in a black neighborhood as the child of an interracial marriage. Although raised an Orthodox Jew in the South, McBride's mother abandoned her heritage, moved to Harlem, and married a black man.
NOTE: This meeting is delayed one week due to Mother's Day

ISBN: 9780679728832
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 11th, 1990

Sunday, June 12, 2:00pm
A young woman who has left the South returns to New Orleans several years later when her father is dying. After his death, she and her young stepmother go back to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past and herself.

ISBN: 9781451620672
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 19th, 2013

Sunday, July 10, 2:00pm
Marmee & Louisa paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, the real "Marmee."

ISBN: 9781627791991
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Published: Holt McDougal - January 27th, 2015

Sunday, August 14, 2:00pm
A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.