Here are a few of my recent favorites. Enjoy:
End-of-Summer Must-Read Memoirs
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family
If you are the kind of reader who loved the honesty and voice in memoirs such as Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle", you will not be able to put this book down.
It is 1972, in San Jose, California, and 10-year-old Veronica's parents believe that Vatican II has corrupted the Catholic Church. Pitting himself against the Church and modern America, her father quits the highway patrol, sells everything, and moves the family of eight from California to an isolated village near Fatima, Portugal.
Tina Jordan of "Entertainment Weekly", calls this memoir "a devastatingly smart, funny one...Against all odds, Chater survived her wacky upbringing and came to terms with her parents' stringent faith while struggling with her own."
This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood
Another passionate, beautiful, and raw memoir, "This Lovely Life" - which won the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Nonfiction Prize -- raises hard questions about the ethics of the infertility business.
After years of trying to conceive, Vicki Forman was giving birth to twins
- way too early. Evan and Ellie were born at just 23 weeks gestation, weighing only about one pound each. They were so premature that Forman thought she was having a miscarriage.
Forman honestly describes the struggle and emotions around having two very premature babies. While Ellie lived for only four days, Evan - who was never able to speak or see -- died just shy of his eighth birthday.
Elle calls Forman's memoir "stark, heartbreaking, and beautiful...She invites us to witness as she wrestles with decisions that nobody should have to make, but does so with amazing poise and honestly."
Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond
Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, an anthology edited by Andrea N. Richesin.
Disclaimer: I have an essay in this collection.
Every essay in this anthology is a response to the question:
"What would you tell your mother, if you could tell her anything?"
Richesin herself reveals "a family secret" in the Introduction: "that my mother was pregnant with me on her wedding day."
Michelle Richmond in the San Francisco Chronicle calls this collection "intelligent, provocative, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to call your mother, hug your daughter, and perhaps even reach a deeper understanding of the most important relationships in your life."
Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother
At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never--not in a million years--on her own. To take on the physical, emotional and financial challenges of motherhood without a perfect soul mate/husband would be absurd, kind of like not bothering to use a condom during a one-night stand with an adorable but jobless guy ten years her junior.
But Mary, the youngest of a large Catholic family from Maine, resolves to make a go at single motherhood -- and, boy, has she!
Elle says: "It's funny, intimate, wise, and real, and we get to root for fortysomething Mary, her twenty-something co-parent, Matt, and their little son..."
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|