I’d read all the pregnancy books, humorous and practical alike, but none of them really prepared me for that moment. Instead, it was the desolate landscapes of Cormac McCarthy’s fiction—which I hadn’t read before my pregnancy, and haven’t enjoyed since—that gave me a framework for my predicament.
If you’re a writer looking to hone your craft, this month’s Essential Reading post includes four reading recommendation that will help you on your way.
There’s nothing like a festive tale to get you in the Christmas mood and this month’s Essential Reading recommendations include a modern spin on a classic holiday story. Check that and our other gift recommendations out for some last minute present inspiration.
Parenting a child with early Alzheimer’s-like symptoms leaves little energy for anything else, I discovered, so I shifted my priority from recreating what had been, to nurturing what could be. I focused on being a mom while the rusty bucket mossed-over.
My plays are colored by motherhood. My poetry, a fairly recent undertaking, comes back to themes of mothering again and again. My two girls were with me throughout the entirety of my PhD (which I regularly referred to as my third child). And my dissertation, like most things I produce, has an underlying current of not being precisely one thing or another.
Sometimes a story is so big it can’t be contained in one volume but needs a whole series to allow the plot to unwind. This month we recommend four series that have kept us turning the pages in book after book.
Rather than force a return to the poems I was working on, I needed to write differently. I needed to intentionally mark the rupture between past and present, before becoming a mother, and after. I needed to explore another genre altogether.
This month we’re all about motherhood and our reading recommendations include a novel about a reluctant mother, one guide for mothers-to-be and another for parents in the trenches. Enjoy!
The travelers were much younger than I am now, from different countries, and different time periods, but they had all arrived at a turning point in their lives and needed to answer the perennial question of what to do next.
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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