Our moms do so much for us. What can we possibly give them that will show that we really do appreciate them? There are some good new books, especially for Mom, which might help. (To purchase a featured book click on the title in Red.)
Let’s start at the very beginning. There’s a fully revised and updated 7th Edition of the bestselling guide YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK. Written by Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H. and Judith Schuler, M.S., expectant moms have relied on this manual for more than twenty years. This new version also features information for those planning to get pregnant. There’s material on how some medical conditions can impact pregnancy, and what you can eat to avoid severe morning sickness. In addition, there’s an appendix for those who are having trouble conceiving. There’s also an exercise page for every week, and enlightening illustrations of the baby’s development at every stage.
Once a new mom has her little bundle of joy, Erin Bried has some tips on HOW TO ROCK YOUR BABY. When Bried had her first child, she felt overwhelmed with all the advice she was given, and she determined to answer some basic questions for those asking how to comfort a baby who cries, how to burp her little one after eating, and how to change diapers quickly and efficiently. To help her help others, Bried interviewed ten moms who provided no-frills tips without gimmicks and fads. Bried doesn’t give advice on how to have a baby as adorable as the picture she shows us of her own daughter, but what mom doesn’t think her kid is the cutest ever?
Best title for a book to give to mom? REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT, by Beth Aldrich, who promises we can have a love affair with food, lose weight, and feel fabulous. I have a theory: food has replaced pornography in our lives. We’re no longer allowed to be shocked by anything sexual, so now, we allow ourselves to be repulsed by other people’s eating habits. Confessions by celebrities are so rampant nowadays that infidelity, drug abuse, and alcoholism don’t even rate the tabloids. But photos of “fat” stars make the cover every time. Aldrich is determined to get us back to a place of sanity. She not only includes healthy recipes, but also great advice on how to control our appetites, conquer cravings, and overcome our food fears. Brava!
Bestselling author Doreen Cronin’s M.O.M. (MOM OPERATING MANUAL) is a kid’s book that’s really for adults. Chocked full of all kinds of hilarious suggestions for the care and feeding of moms, I see women giving this to each other for Mother’s Day. You just can’t beat great advice like telling kids it’s not a good game to play “Doesn’t the dog look pretty in mom’s underwear?” How about “Do not let your mother eat while operating an iron. In fact, do not let your mother operate an iron. Find something else to wear.” And there’s no doubt kids should be taught, “Under no circumstances should you try to clean your mother with a hose.” With wonderful loopy illustrations by Laura Cornell, this book is a total hoot. Buy it, pass it on.
Amy Reichert, with a picture assist by Alexandra Boiger, gives us TAKE YOUR MAMA TO WORK TODAY. This is what happens when, for whatever reason, moms have to take their children to the office. It’s written from the kid’s point of view, and offers great tips like “Snack time at the office is called a ‘coffee break.’” If the babysitter is sick, if it’s a snow day, or if school is not in session for any reason, this would be a swell book to keep in your office “just in case.”
When was the last time mom got a book of poetry? DIZZY IN YOUR EYES is subtitled “Poems About Love,” and author Pat Mora has provided us with verse about the many different varieties of love. Mora has written for adults, children and the YA crowd. I see teenagers giving this little paperback to mom; it expresses so much that’s difficult for adolescents to say to their parents. There are fifty poems included, and I’m willing to bet that a lot of them are about topics mom would like to discuss with her nearly grown up offspring.
These books pretty much cover the gamut for Mother’s Day. Each one is special, just like Mom.
Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle. www.michalljeffers.com