Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Mothers and Daughters

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ~ Agatha Christie

Since we're caught in the grip of cold, wintry, and relentlessly stormy weather, books about the more important aspects of our lives can help take the edge off. Here's a few recommendations for moms or their book groups.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Goodness, gracious; this one sure has helped launch a global debate! So far, local readers say they weren't necessarily sure whether they wanted to phone the authorities or take notes...

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
How might popular culture influence girls? Listen to a podcast interview with the author courtesy of the Diane Rehm Show, broadcast on public radio station WAMU.

Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons
The author writes for mothers of middle school girls who, the author proposes, may think it is more important to be liked than to be an individual. Simmons also wrote Odd Girl Out.

Memoirs About Mothers by Daughters
The following might also spark conversation and debate. Click on the title and look to left for a plot summary and book review clicks.

Imperfect Endings by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter
The Center of the Universe by Nancy Bachrach