It’s hard enough for us parents to find time to read, let alone to decide what to read. Head to the library and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stacks upon stacks of interesting-sounding titles (who can blame us for judging a book by its cover?). Just keeping up with book lists can seem like a chore. That’s why we here at LiveMom are introducing you to local authors, who will be giving you the skinny on what’s on their reading lists…because who better than a writer to turn you on to new and interesting books?!
Jodi Egerton is the founder of the editing, workshop, and mentor service Write Good Consulting. She also works as a wordslinger with Typewriter Rodeo, crafting custom poems on vintage typewriters. She’s currently working on This Word Now, a creativity and writing craft book with her husband Owen Egerton.
1.When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery), by Rebecca Stead
This book, it slays me. Don’t read much about it, just dive in. It’s a quick read, but it’s so satisfying. I keep it next to my bed.
2. Pastoralia by George Saunders
One of my all-time favorite collections of short stories. George Saunders moves from quirky situations to deep human emotion, and he’s just a gorgeous storyteller and wordsmith.
3. The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Memoir of Early Motherhood, by Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich is one of my favorite fiction writers, so I was drawn to her memoir of the first year of motherhood–pregnancy and birth and parenting. This book, oh goodness. She captures the the sweetest highs, the fiercest struggles, the softest lulls, and the complex and intricate joy of mothering. It’s raw and real and will resonate with you no matter where you are in your parenting journey.
4. Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino
A slim book of short stories, fantastical and rich, will swoop you away from your to do list and dance you through the farthest reaches of the universe.
5. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
My husband Owen and I started reading this trilogy out loud to each other on our honeymoon, sitting outside in a hot tub on a 200 acre ranch in west Texas. At times playful and fantastic, at others sharp and biting, and often full of terror or deep sadness, these books are transcendent.
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