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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Blue Shoe (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781573223423
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Trade, 9/2003
Sunday, July 13, 2:00pm

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man.

The Egg and I (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780060914288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial, 9/1987
Sunday, August 10, 2:00pm

When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild.

My Beloved World (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780345804839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 9/2013
Sunday, September 14, 2:00pm

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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,