Are you getting ready for your big summer vacation and in need of a new book to read? Maybe you are looking for a naptime read, or something to relax with before bed. Whatever your literary need, we have the book for you.
Mother, Can You Not?. by Kate Siegel, humorous Instagram account turned book, is a quick, easy summer read. The perfect beach read, each chapter is an amusing story from Siegel’s life courtesy of her overprotective Jewish mother. From cross-country birth surprises, college admissions officer stalking, to crazy relationship advice and oversharing-there is a comical anecdote for every situation. It was easy to laugh at Siegel’s stories while simultaneously being thankful that none of my own mother’s antics were anywhere near as wild as what the author routinely experiences.
Jen Mann’s People I want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges is relatable to moms everywhere. Each chapter is a short narrative about mom life. Mann’s quirky tales range from neighbor interactions, accidently attending a swinger’s party, getting caught in fuzzy pajamas in the carpool line and more. I found myself nodding in understanding, shivering in slight dread after reading a preview of an experience I know I’ll have one day, and laughing at shared embarrassments.
In Here’s to Us, Elin Hilderbrand’s newest novel, readers meet three very different women, connected to each other by their love for a celebrity chef, Deacon Thorpe. The story brings us to Nantucket through flashbacks into the relationships of Thorpe and each woman. A fun and engaging read, you’ll enjoy the chance to step into Hilderbrand’s depiction of a well-loved Nantucket cottage full of drama.
If you have been experiencing feelings of guilt because the laundry is stacking up, dishes cover every surface in your kitchen, and you cannot even remember the last time you took time for yourself, then Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner is for you. This book does an excellent job of delving into why women, moms specifically, feel the need to hold themselves to a high standard and list of “shoulds”. Turner is not just another expert touting advice to moms, she is in the trenches with us. Turner has a full time job, fantastic blog, children, and has written a book. In Fringe Hours, Turner not only gives advice and practical steps and reasons for taking back our time, but she asks questions to get to the heart of how to best practice self-care specifically for each reader.
News anchor Dan Harris experienced a panic attack on live television. What happened next is chronicled in his book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story. Harris makes meditation relatable to every individual. The perfect mix of self-help, science, and candid thoughts, 10% Happier is the perfect book for anyone even remotely interested in calming their mind through meditation.