These books are the mother load

Books for Mother’s Day

  • circa 2022, various publishers
  • $17.95 to $28, various page counts

A small handful of flowers is sweet. A package wrapped in an entire roll of duct tape comes from the heart, you know. Likewise, when dad helps his child to buy chocolate, it is greatly appreciated. But hey, drop a few hints here: what you really want for Mother’s Day is one (or more) of these great books…

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For the mother of a child with special needs, “Ain’t That a Mother” by Adiba Nelson (Blackstone Publishing, $27.99) is a book about being a mother, daughter and caregiver. a child who needs you. It’s funny, but also serious and possibly useful, if Nelson’s life is anything like yours. Also look for Zain E. Asher’s “Where the Children Take Us” (Amistad, $27.99), the story of a woman who, through tragedy, becomes a single mother of four in an instant. This story of raising children in a not-so-good situation is one that shouldn’t be missed.

For a new mother or mother-to-be, you can’t go wrong with Grace Farris’ “Mom Milestones” (Workman, $17.95). This cute and humorous book is filled with simple drawings, so it’s quick and easy to read. It’s also useful, in the long run, as it guides readers through the first seven years of motherhood.

The Woman Who Is Her Mother’s Mother Will Now Want Steph Jagger’s “Everything Left to Remember” (Flatiron Books, $27.99) is Jagger’s story of a road trip with her mother, who suffers from dementia. It’s a beautiful story made poignant – what’s about to be lost looms everywhere, but so does love.

Star moms will enjoy “Wise Up” by Karen Duffy (Seal, $28.00), who was an MTV-VJ and movie star long before she was someone’s mom. There’s plenty of advice in this book, inspiration, anecdotes that will help you understand some of the things that bother you the most, and an extremely satisfying number of side stories that are also perfect distractions.

The woman who is determined to keep her sewing, crafting, painting and writing skills up to date with baby will enjoy “The Baby on the Fire Escape” by Julie Phillips (Norton, $27.95), which examines the life of a baby. a woman apart from that. to be someone’s mom. How does creativity fit into motherhood? Can you also have small children and an artistic side? This book is suitable for artists and writers, of course, but it can also be aimed at those who are still working from home in hopes of making it even a little easier.

And finally, for the divorced mom who needs to hear from someone going through similar circumstances, “Moms Moving On” by Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, CDS (Simon Element, $26.99) is a book about co-parenting, conflict resolution and self-care. In short: it’s exactly what you want to read when the going gets tough.

If these books aren’t exactly your taste, be sure to ask your favorite bookseller or librarian for help. Apart from a handful of flowers, a box of chocolates, and a well-sealed box, they’ll know what you want: something new, useful, fun, and fun to read.

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“Grieving is love: living with a loss”

  • By Marisa Renée Lee
  • vs. 2022, Harper’s Legacy
  • $26, 192 pages

It happened so fast. One minute your loved one was talking, laughing, alive – and the next minute he was gone, as if a thick line was drawn somewhere between life and unlife. Even if you had time to prepare, time to get used to their imminent death, it happened too quickly. We must continue without them… but how? In the new book “Grief is Love” by Marisa Renee Lee, you’ll see what might be next for you.

Grieving is Love: Living with Loss by Marisa Renee Lee.

So you recently lost someone and the fog hasn’t lifted yet. You are in disbelief and your closest companion is grief, which Lee describes as “the experience of navigating your loss, figuring out how to deal with the absence of your loved one forever” while refusing to live without love. of the one you’ve lost.

Lee says she was “a strong black woman, a type-A activist” in the wake of her mother’s death, and she felt she had to put her feelings aside and bounce back quickly. She didn’t give herself the chance to understand her emotions, including guilt and anger, and stifling them only made things worse. She realized that she needed permission to cry and to feel, in a way that felt right to her.

She also needed to find a place, physically or emotionally, where she felt safe to grieve. This, she says, is especially difficult for black people and for men in general who may have vulnerability issues.

She’s learned that grief isn’t a timeline or a must-have; it can be a life-long process that can come back to surprise you, even at the most inopportune times. Anxiety, depression, and mental illness can also hit you when you’re grieving. the same goes for deep, fierce anger, as Lee learned.

Don’t be afraid, she says, to reach out to people you can trust to help carry your burden. Also, don’t be afraid to set boundaries when needed. And finally, remember that you will be changed by someone’s death because “you are their mark on this world.”

You are their legacy.

More than 6,000 people die every day in the United States. You are only affected by one of them. “Grief is Love” helps you endure.

It may take a bit of checking, though. Author Marisa Renee Lee uses so much of her own experiences in this book that grieving help for readers may not initially seem as readily available as you might expect. Even so, there’s a lot to glean from her stories because she’s honest about her journey, her various feelings, and the bumps along the way. Readers who are grieving will also be greatly comforted by his assertion that your person is dead, but the love you shared never will be.

Lee reminds readers that the joy will eventually return and that sounds more like a promise than anything, that’s all you could ever need from a book like this. For you, “Grief is Love” is just for when the worst thing has happened.

“Weird but true! I know all about rocks and minerals”

  • By Michael Burgan
  • vs. 2022, National Geographic Children
  • $12.99, 192 pages

It was not a very good trip.

You caught the toe of your shoe on a rock and scraped your knee trying not to fall. You fell hard on your elbow too, you hurt your shoulder going there, and you almost smash your face. You have stumbled; it was not good but if you read “Weird but true!” Know-It-All Rocks & Minerals” by Michael Burgan, you will at least know what kind of rock it was.

“Weird but true!  Know-It-All Rocks & Minerals” by Michael Burgan.

But first, let’s get mind-blowing: the sand on a beach and the gigantic boulders nearby are basically the same thing, in different stages of change. You thought rocks were just rocks, but you were wrong.

Basically, “a rock is a natural solid object usually made from minerals” and every continent, every mountain, every island on Earth is made up of one or all of the three types of rock, igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary. Plus, it’s possible that these rocks, no matter how big they are now, could “transform from one type to another”, like some sort of toy robot.

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Okay, well, so there are pebbles on the ground. Big deal?

Yes, this is a big problem! The rocks can determine the type of weather you will have. They can also determine where you live, as you can live in certain types of rocks. Look around and rocks can be landmarks, they can become caves, floors, weapons, jewelry, and materials for artwork. Rocks can become statues. In mineral form, they can become food. In mineral form, indeed, they can be part of the human body!

Alright, so you’re convinced. You want to go play with stones and maybe study them one day. Volcanologists study volcanoes and lava. Geologists and mineralogists study the Earth and the materials that make it up. Archaeologists and paleontologists know all about old rocks and things that lived on the planet. And if you want to get involved now, this book will show you how you can become a “rock dog.”

In just a few weeks, you may be helping your child find something interesting to do. If it’s educational, even better. “Weird but true! Know-It-All Rocks & Minerals” offers a new hobby to fit on a budget.

To whet a child’s appetite for rock hunting, author Michael Burgan starts with the basics by including color pictures and short chapters on rocks and minerals, how they are formed, and other scientific information that don’t look academic at all. Kids can learn at their own pace with this book, and they can jump in, if they want, because there’s a lot to learn and Burgan makes it look like fun. Of course, with a pair of eyes, permission, and this book, your child’s summer vacation could really rock.

Don’t be embarrassed if you are caught browsing through this book. Adults will enjoy the many sidebars, photos, and information in this book, though it’s aimed at ages 7-12. So get “Weird But True!” Rocks and minerals namely everything. Your child will really love it.

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The bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. She has been reading since the age of 3 and never goes anywhere without a book. Terri lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 pounds. Read past columns on marconews.com.

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