A TRIFECTA OF BOOKS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD
But not "for moms," because EVERYONE should read them. Bearing and raising children is a HUMAN EXPERIENCE, after all.
- •AFTER BIRTH, Elisa AlbertNot just a great novel that captures what it is to have given birth in relative social isolation and the power of friendships between women, but also a primer on a ton of feminist ideas
- •OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS, Anne LamottAnne Lamott kept a journal of her son's first year and it's so real. Related: she wrote a companion book, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, about her son's son's first year, and it really helped me understand what it is to be a grandmother/mother-in-law, which was a helpful perspective to get.
- •LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES, Shirley JacksonBow down. Jackson is the queen of mom humor and I don't know anyone who can touch her. Her follow-up, RAISING DEMONS, is almost as good. It's more that her kids got older and were probably providing her with less consistently adorable shenanigans to plunder.