Blaise’s February Recommendation

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

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Blaise says:  “A moving memoir about mothers and motherhood.  She will be speaking at a benefit for the LuMind Foundation (supporting Down Syndrome research) on February 28th.  I’ll be there!”

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Blue Plate Special:  An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen – “Novelist Christensen (The Astral, 2011) pegs her tangy memoir of a peripatetic life to the endless quest for sustenance and the nurturing of the self” – Booklist

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – “Didion really did need some magical thinking at the end of 2003: in quick succession, daughter Quintana Roo went into septic shock, husband John Gregory Dunne died of a heart attack, and Quintana Roo, having recovered, suddenly required brain surgery for a hematoma.” – Library Journal

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe – “In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs.” – Summary from catalog

Mary Ann’s January Recommendation

Then Again by Diane Keaton

“This is an autobiography interspersed with accounts of Diane Keaton’s mother’s life.  Keaton learned a lot about her mom from 85 diaries/journals.  She describes a relationship with a parent that many of us share, including her mother’s decline.  Interesting vignettes about her film career and some of the men in her life – Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino.  Did you know that the Hall family in “Annie Hall” was based on Diane Keaton’s family?  More than the autobiography of a legendary actress, Then Again is a book about a very American family with very American dreams”.

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Sue’s November Recommendation

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

“Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.  Ever since I saw a creepy after school movie in the 1970’s, I have been strangely intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials. This novel is way better than anything I saw on
TV. It is based on a real woman from 1692, Martha Carrier, who was accused of being a witch, imprisoned, found guilty, and hung from a
tree, despite the fact that she calmly maintained her innocence the entire time.  Kathleen Kent’s lyrical novel is narrated by Martha Carrier’s 10 year old daughter Sarah, who dislikes the drudgery of
farm life, her irritating baby sister, her silent father, and her proud, stubborn mother.  Kent builds a suspenseful and riveting story as Sarah comes to realize that people are not always who they appear to be and unconditional love is steadfast and enduring.

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Sue’s June Recommendation

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

“This book takes place in Oakland California in the summer of 1968. Three young African American sisters travel from New York City to spend the summer with their estranged mother who is an eccentric poet and involved with the Black Panther Movement.  I enjoyed the fresh look at this tumultous time in American history, but it is the character development and the strength of the sisterly bonds that made this book a standout for me.”

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Claudia’s January Recommendation

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

“This novel  chronicles the life of an adult American-born Chinese mother of two young daughters.  This contrasts with her own mother’s young womanhood in pre-war and World War II China.  Stories of  life in China reveal surprises which lead to a new relationship between the two women. 
The Kitchen God’s Wife follows Tan’s first, The Joy Luck Club, and again shows her to be a wonderful storyteller.”

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Megan’s January Recommendation

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

“My January recommendation is Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl.  Ruth Reichl is a food critic and the former editor of Gourment Magazine (which ended publication in Decmeber 2009).  In Tender at the Bone Reichl tells of her formative experiences with food, from surviving her mother’s use of expired ingredients to becoming a cook at a commune in California.  Reichl tells an honest, amusing, and salivating memoir (recipes are even included!)  This book is a pleasure for anyone who likes to cook, eat, or just enjoys a good story.”

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Joanna’s November Recommendation

Traveling with PomegranatesTraveling with Pomegranates: a mother-daughter story by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

Sue Monk Kidd, author of popular novels The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees, teams up with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor to write a memoir about the changes and transformations they encounter at various stages in their lives. In alternating chapters, Sue and Ann reflect on their travels together and their relationship as mother and daughter. Elegantly written, each woman describes her relationships and the powerful feminine role models who inspire them.  I enjoyed this book and appreciated the honesty with which each woman wrote about her relationship with the other.  This would make an excellent read for a book group or for mothers and daughters who enjoy reading and sharing together.

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