Jackson’s demons were clearly bigger and more terrifying than the conventional ones of balancing writing and childrearing. Yet she managed to give space and import to those smaller moments of ennui and absurdity that many of us experience while raising children.
But over the last year or so, no matter how engaging the book, I could never get through more than two or three pages before he’d decide that was enough.
I had driving questions: How much caregiving can any one woman do without breaking down? Why do women seem so often to be the caregivers? What becomes of us when we are too ill to work?
We’re focusing on crime, mystery and scary stories in this month’s Essential Reading recommendations. So if you like your reading material with some added tension, thrills or downright hair-raising horror, you’re going to want to add these Literary Mama staff picks to your reading list.
With the back to school season in full swing we asked our staff to recommend their favorites books from that time and got a mixed bag of reads which we think you’ll love.
Susannah Q. Pratt
Just when I think I have all my essays dressed and ready, I’ll discover that one isn’t actually ready at all—and another is wandering off.
In honor of Father’s Day, in this month’s Essential Reading we are featuring books by male authors writing about life, parenting, and coming of age.
Cindy Adelman Frank
For me I realized, Jolabokaflod was an extension of a language I had been speaking with both passion and conviction my whole life. Jolabokaflod is about speaking book.
But that morning, I felt something sweeter than being needed. My little girl was taking wing and exploring her way through a world of images and words, independent of me.
We publish essays with an intellectual, as well as personal, focus and that explore the topics of writing as a mother, reading as a mother, and working as a professional. Have you written such a piece? Read more about submitting your work here.
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