For the benefit of those who would like to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day with a gift of book, our team of reviewers were tasked to review three selected titles which we felt would appeal to many moms. You can check out the books and their corresponding reviews below:
The Middle Place is a wonderful, heartwarming and beautifully written memoir by author Kelly Corrigan. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, two funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as the daughter of garrulous Irish-American charmer George Corrigan. She was living deep within what she calls the Middle Place—“that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap”—comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents’ care. But Kelly is abruptly shoved into coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast–and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. When George, too, learns that he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly’s turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her—and to show us a woman who finally takes the leap and grows up.
Red Sox Mommy – You would think a story about cancer would be depressing and dark, but this book is full of hope mixed with a little sadness and a whole lot of love. It’s not sugar coated though, you hear about the craptastic sides of cancer from the hair loss to the weird body functions, the burns from radiation and all the rest of it. But, this is by no means a whine fest. It’s just real, it’s touching and I can see it being a help to someone going through similar circumstances.
Why Are They Calling Me Mom? – From the moment I picked this book up and started reading the Prologue I was hooked, alone just for the fact that I fell in love with her father (Greenie, The Green Man or old Billy Goat). I also love that he calls his daughter (Kelly) Lovey. It made me smile each time he called her by the nickname, especially bringing me to tears as she discovers her breast cancer diagnosis and he rushes to her side.
Mommy Loves It – I enjoyed Kelly Corrigan’s writing style, except for the profanity, and thanks to her engaging descriptions, felt by the conclusion as though her family were some of my oldest friends. The author has a wonderful way of drawing the reader in and I found her conversational style to be full of honesty, warmth and humor. Although she relates several intense experiences about her past, her health and her family, there is always a positive undertone that I found refreshing and engaging.
Maria’s Space – I must admit that I did cry while reading this book. It is not a sad book! What I cried over was the relationship she has with her father. I adore her father George Corrigan. We should all have a George in our lives. Her dad is the main reason she is the women she is today. When George learns that he has another round of late-stage cancer, it is Kelly’s turn to take care of the man who always had her back.
Kelly is a wonderful writer. She gave this book a heart and it is actually palpable. Brilliant writer, beautiful memoir.
Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is an uplifting, winning tale about the healing power of friendship and new beginnings. It’s a charming novel that will delight all passionate knitters–and win over befuddled, would-be knitters, too.
When her husband dies in a car crash—not long after announcing he wants a divorce—Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown. There, she takes over her beloved Gran’s knitting shop—a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift. After a rough beginning, Jo soon finds comfort in a “Stitch and Bitch” group; a collection of quirky, lively women who share their stories, and their addiction to cake, with warmth and humor.
Happy Healthy Families – I have to say, now that I have finished reading it, that I absolutely chose right! My expectations were met, and then some. The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club was so much fun to read… I reached for the book every free moment I could. It is the type of story that has characters that develop and grow and draw you into their lives along the way. The kind of story you wish wouldn’t end because you want to stay involved….see what happens next.
Always Alli – I really enjoyed the book, probably more than The Friday Night Knitting Club. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
She Scribes – The book was just OK for me. I can’t say that I loved it, nor can I say that I hated it either. I did enjoy the story line and some of the characters. I was a bit turned off by the language that was used. I think if the bad language was omitted perhaps I would have enjoyed the book a bit more.
The Power of Housewife Word Of Mouth – This is a lovely read to pass the day, and you will find yourself rooting for Jo as she not only recovers from being recently widowed, but faces her uber-snobby in laws, and a few other scuffles. I recommend The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club. for anyone looking for an enjoyable read by the pool this summer. It will draw you in and keep you entertained. I look forward to reading another Gil McNeil novel soon.
Mom Start – I think some people are disappointed that it’s not about yarn, and it’s a bit of a shallow read. What I mean by that is that there isn’t a lot of thought, not much plot, but there is friendship and family. It is a sweet and funny story. The relationship and character development of Jo’s sons is very well written. The young children seem real and relatable as kids. Her relationship that develops with a movie star is an interesting part of the story as well.
Just A Mom’s Take On Things – Being an American, I had so much fun with all of the purely British phrases and expressions in this book. I think I’ll be referring to yarn as ‘wool’ in my head for quite a while and I’m still wondering exactly what ‘Weetabix’ is. This was really a book that I didn’t want to end, because I wanted to stay in Jo’s world for even just a little bit longer. Even the minor characters are so well developed, that I truly felt like I got to know them all right along with Jo.
Connie’s View -Although this is an emotional book, it is not overdone. I “got” the feelings, but I didn’t have to read through descriptions of each and every sad moment. The author, Gil McNeil, was able to present them through the character’s discussions and choices. Even though there were many characters, I was able to get to know them all. I wasn’t confused about who was who because each one was written as a real person.
Contests & Giveaways From Around The Web – This is a very light, funny, quick summer read-no deep hidden meanings, nothing that really makes you think, no really sad parts in the whole book. It was just plain funny and just about a year in a woman’s life. I can’t wait to read the sequel-I am hoping it will be as funny, and as light and quick of a read, as this one was.
Millions of Americans know and love Amy Dickinson from reading her syndicated advice column “Ask Amy” and from hearing her wit and wisdom weekly on National Public Radio. Amy’s audience loves her for her honesty, her small-town values, and the fact that her motto is “I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.” In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares those mistakes and her remarkable story. This is the tale of Amy and her daughter and the people who helped raise them after Amy found herself a reluctant single parent.
Mott’s Island – I like her observations and I love her strength, humor and writing style. I guess that’s why she’s very well-loved for her “Ask Amy” column. This is a superb and enjoyable read. Just don’t let the title fool you. Heh.
Short Pump Preppy – I could relate to a lot of feelings that Amy had as a single parent, but the book is a great read for anyone and her writing style pulls you in until the last word.
Jo-Jo’s Place – The Mighty Queens of Freeville A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Author and syndicated advice columnist and NPR contributor, Amy Dickinson is the author. This is her memoir and wow is it a great one. Yes, this is “Ask Amy” for those of you who aren’t sure who Amy Dickinson is.
Plus Size Mommy -I really enjoyed this book. I came from a small town and I always have Aunts, my mom, and my sister and older cousins “raising me up” even though I am an adult. So my life is in some ways very similar to Freeville.
Every woman can use some Mighty Queens in their lives to be there for them and care for them love them and teach them. People you can lean on and can keep coming back to forever.
Sewing Mom – Amy shares her experiences as a child, adult, wife, single mother, daughter, niece, and friend, and does it in such a witty way that she draws the reader right into the stories she’s telling. Amy’s stories are touching, tearful, joyous and sometimes, downright humorous. I haven’t had so much fun reading a book in a very long time and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys reading, to pick up a copy of The Mighty Queens of Freeville for themselves.
Chefdruck Musings – My only complaint about the Mighty Queens of Freeville is that I didn’t get enough of the queens themselves. I would have loved to have read more anecdotes about these undoubtedly colorful women, the women Dickinson describes by saying, “These are the women of my world – the Mighty Queens of Freeville – who have led small lives of great consequence in the tiny place that we call home.”
Busy Mommy Product Review – You might know Amy Dickenson since she is the author of the syndicated column Ask Amy. This book is full of the same wit and common sense that she puts towards her column. There were parts that were just laugh out loud funny. And there were other parts where I would cry. The book is not about her career, but rather her life and the people who helped her to become who she is today.
My Three Wisemans – This memoir tells of her life, focusing on her raising her daughter, Emily, as a single mother. She tells of the ups and downs of her life in this quick paced book. Her story telling made me laugh out loud and wipe tears of sadness and joy. This memoir is her life, as she lived it. It could be any one’s life but what made it much more ordinary was her storytelling. What I really enjoyed was the way that she was able to put her life story and her thoughts on paper in such an eloquent way.
A Pregnant Pause – I have a friend who’s divorced with a kid – she’s a beautiful and intelligent woman, who like Amy, puts her kid first before dating men. I don’t think she’s found a man yet who can accept her on her own terms – I’d really love to give her this book and hope that she’ll find Amy’s story a hopeful, if not inspiring one.