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Reading Recommendations from Regan McMahon!

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Author Regan McMahon (Revolution in the Bleachers: How Parents Can Take Back Family Life in a World Gone Crazy Over Youth Sports) currently featured in Profiles (who also happens to be the deputy book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle) has some book recommendations for Literary Mama readers.

McMahon says: "I loved the book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile. I reviewed it for the San Francisco Chronicle. Those co-authors have a new one coming out this spring about mothers' dirty little secrets. They manage to maintain a fun, supportive tone while presenting serious issues mothers grapple with, and, amazingly, avoid being judgmental. Everyone I know loved Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein, about her experiences with infertility, beast cancer, almost adoption and ultimate successful pregnancy. I haven't read it yet, though.

"As far as mothers who write in general, there's Berkeley writer Beth Lisick, author of the story collection Everybody Into the Pool and a new book [out now] called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone; Nina Marie Martinez, author of the novel Caramba!; Yiyun Li, author of the story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers; and Micheline Aharonian Marcom, author of the novel The Daydreaming Boy, who also has a new book coming out in March called Draining the Sea."

We’d love to see some of these authors in upcoming Profiles. If you’d like to interview an upcoming or favorite mother-writer, we’re on the lookout for writers in our Profiles department, so give us a holler. Email the Profiles editors at lmprofiles AT literarymama DOT com.


Caroline M. Grant served on the editorial board of Literary Mama for over ten years, including five as Editor-in-Chief. She is currently Associate Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which provides grants to writers and artists with children.

She is the co-editor of two anthologies: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013) and Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Her column, Mama at the Movies, ran on Literary Mama for six years; she has published essays in a number of other journals and anthologies.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons; she writes about food and family on her blog and at Learning to Eat. Visit her website for more information, including clips from her radio and television events.

Caroline is former editor-in-chief for Literary Mama.


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