Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother of a 7-year-old, and stepmother of an adolescent.
Authors do not usually attend.
Sunday, December 13, 2:00pmThis 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.
Sunday, January 10, 2:00pmFull 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.
Sunday, February 7, 2:00pmBefore 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
Sunday, March 13, 2:00pmSandra has lived her life denying intimate questions about her father's suicide. Delving into research for this book, she encounters shocking truths that lead her into the abyss.
Sunday, April 10, 2:00pmA successful lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with an immigrant Bohemian girl.
Sunday, May 15, 2:00pmMcBride 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
Sunday, June 12, 2:00pmA 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.
Sunday, July 10, 2:00pmMarmee & Louisa paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, the real "Marmee."
Sunday, August 14, 2:00pmA 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.