Posted October 17, 2017
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was born on October 16, 1758.
May 10, 2017
Looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Check out some of our books that are great for moms and grandmoms of any age!
By the Olive Groves: A Calabrian Childhood by Grazia Ietto-Gillies
In this rich and heartfelt memoir, Grazia Ietto-Gillies remembers her youth in Calabria, from childhood sickness and her eccentric extended family to the excitement of religious festivals, nearconstant struggle with poverty, and an incident with the feared 'Ndrangheta, the organized crime syndicate in that part of Italy. But the real thrill is two of the main characters are her wonderful mother and the Italian kitchen at the heart of the home.
The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China’s Hidden Mountains by Choo Wai Hong
A corporate lawyer escaped her life to live for seven years with the Mosuo, one of the last matrilineal societies on earth, where power lies in the hands of women. The small tribe, perched in a cluster of villages in the remote mountains of China, have changed little in centuries. Author Choo Waihong's incredible study features details about the Mosuo’s “walking marriages;” the decisions and rights related to money, property, land, and the children; how women live independently of husbands, fathers, and brothers, with the grandmother as the head of each family; and more.
All On One Plate: Cultural Expectations on American Mothers by Solveig Brown
Anthropologist Solveig Brown talks to mothers who candidly acknowledge their vulnerabilities as a parent and graciously share the things they do that have made parenting, relationships, work, and life a little easier. Drawing on interviews, surveys, cultural analysis, and academic research, Brown’s thoughtful exploration of the gamut of parenting experiences gives readers a tremendous resource for figuring out their own solutions to issues that every parent deals with.
Heav'nly Tidings From the Afric Muse: The Grace and Genius of Phillis Wheatley by Richard Kigel
America had a Founding Mother, too—her name was Phillis Wheatley. This new, comprehensive, and thrilling biography details the life and work of the slave who became what the author calls “the Poet Laureate of the American Revolution.” Includes excerpts of all her poems, new details on her writing and her meetings with George Washington, and more. Her name should be as well-known as Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King for the story of African American history.
Sunlight Burning at Midnight by Jessica Ronne
This faith-filled memoir's author and family were featured on The Today Show, where the author discussed her amazing journey as a widow with four children, including one with special needs, and the blended family that she finds on her journey.
Evita: The Life of Eva Perón by Jill Hedges
The iconic leader was only in her thirties when she died, but she comes to life in this first memoir to include extensive new sources, including interviews with family and friends. Readers will get to know one of the most iconic women in world political history.
Pink Chimneys by Ardeana Hamlin
30th anniversary edition of a novel of three generations of women who are closely linked: Fanny, her daughter Elizabeth, and Maude, the midwife who delivered Elizabeth. Set in the "classiest brothel in Maine," the story is infused with Hamlin's modern feminist viewpoint, informing the story yet never distracting from the action. Thoughtful, compassionate, and honest, this historical novel will delight readers.