One of my New Year’s resolutions was to actually use this blog, and now that it’s near the end of February, it’s time to get serious. Isn’t that the way with moms; we get everyone else situated and then get to ourselves?
I’ve added a new category to the Volunteer Mom website, called “Book Reviews and Recommendations.” Anyone who knows me well – and those who may get to know me only through this website, knows that I LOVE to read. I find reading energizing, exciting, expanding…you get the picture.
The first book that made a difference to me in 2012 was titled, “You Know When the Men are Gone” by Siobhan Fallon. I was running through the airport with five minutes to spare, and no good book in my bag for a flight from Phoenix to Michigan. I grabbed it – the best of what was available in the kiosk. What a book! The author, a young woman with an MFA from NYU, finds herself a resident of a military base in Fort Hood, Texas when her husband is deployed. It is a book of linked short stories, exploring the POV of those left behind from a variety of angles. Highly recommend, for the book’s power to make an experience foriegn to me seem like my own. Which is one of the best things about books – their ability to transform and transport.
The second is a book published in 2006 which I just purchased at a used book sale, called “ComeBack,” by Mia Fontaine and Claire Fontaine. It is a combined mother-daughter memoir about the daughter’s decline into drug use and despair, and the mother’s parallel journey. Both mother and daughter have voices that don’t quit. Like the Fallon book, ComeBack transported me to a new world, though not one far away from parenting even the best of teens. The Fontaines also have an excellent website called claireandmia.com.
I’ll continue to wade through dozens of books each month, and provide you with my personal opinions on the best of the lot. I also welcome suggestions!