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.
Sunday, January 11, 2:00pmDrawing 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.
Sunday, February 8, 2:00pmNote: 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.
Sunday, March 8, 2:00pmIn 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.
Sunday, April 12, 2:00pmNote: 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.
Sunday, May 17, 2:00pmNote: 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.
Sunday, June 14, 2:00pmSt. 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.
Sunday, July 12, 2:00pmIn 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.
Sunday, August 9, 2:00pmTold 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.