I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott | Atria Books | Book Review

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

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Book Summary:

“Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy.

But once she’d completed her life’s to-do list (job, spouse, house, babies—check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic. She’d done everything “right,” but she felt all wrong. What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only Read more...

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land |Hachette Books | Book Review

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“At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Read more...

My Favorite Memoirs Reading List {Book Recommendations}

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The Memoir Genre:

In the past couple of years, memoirs have become one of my favorite reading genres. Memoirs have the ability to take you to places and perspectives that are so different from your own life and I learn so much from them. Below is a list of some of my favorite and most impactful memoirs I have read.

Gen The Bookworm Memoir Reading List

Becoming by Michelle Obama

“An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling Read more...

My Most Memorable Books from 2018 | Book Recommendations by Genre

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If you are looking for some amazing books to start off your year with, these were some of my very favorites from 2018. I rated all these 5 stars on Goodreads which means that not only did I love them but they stuck with me long after I was done reading. <3

Memoirs:

And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O’Connell

Small Animals by Kim Brooks (I listened on Audible)

Becoming by Michelle Obama (I listened on Audible)

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung ( I listened on Audible)


Fiction:

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza… Read more...

Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear | Book Review

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Small Animals by Kim Brooks

Last week I posted a book discussion about Small Animals. I received a lot of feedback on my Instagram feed about how much this book connected with so many of its readers.  I finished this book last night and I have to say, it is one of the most meaningful and thought-provoking books I have ever read about parenting.

Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how … Read more...

Becoming by Michelle Obama | Audible Book Review

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Quoted from Goodreads.com:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, Read more...

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear | Book Conversation

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Quoted from Goodreads.com:

“One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, Read more...