Sassy Mommies Who Write Books

Momma Zen
Momma Zen Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood By Miller, Karen Maezen Book - 2006

Annotation:Karen Maezen Miller is only a little sassy. Mostly, she's just honest. She is also deeply spiritual and thoughtful.

I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids
I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids Reinventing Modern Motherhood By Ashworth, Trisha Book - 2007

Annotation:This is a friendly and comforting book about giving yourself a break. It realistically discusses hard choices and fears and judgments, and you get the feeling you're talking to a mom friend who loves you and wants what's best for you and your kids.

Making Babies
Making Babies Stumbling Into Motherhood By Enright, Anne, 1962- Book - 2012

Annotation:This is one of the best books I've read this year. I love it. Anne Enright is profound and sarcastic at the same time. Her prose are beautiful, and her sentiments made me either laugh or cry. Everything about this book helped me find myself in motherhood more.

Mommies Who Drink
Mommies Who Drink Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of An Ordinary Mom By Paesel, Brett Book - 2006

Annotation:Oh ho, this one is irreverent and sassy. I love the part near the beginning where the author tries to participate in pregnancy yoga, but finds it too taxing and too touchy-feely. She ends up in the lobby of the gym sharing graham crackers with other mommies and saying she felt like she'd found "her people."

Double Time
Double Time How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins By Roper, Jane, 1974- Book - 2012

Annotation:I love this book. I have twins, too! Jane Roper is an honest and relatable narrator. Reading this was like confiding with a best-mommy-friend who understands and has been there before.

Torn True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood Book - 2011

Annotation:This book stirred up furor on the internet. People either loved it or hated it. This is a collection of many short essays. Some of them are really well written, and some are obviously by amateurs. But they are all honest and that is a beautiful thing.

Just Let Me Lie Down
Just Let Me Lie Down Necessary Terms for the Half-insane Working Mom By Van Ogtrop, Kristin Book - 2010

Annotation:This was a light, funny read. In each alphabet-letter-chapter (it's laid out like a glossary), Kristin Van Ogtrop shares a few brief "terms," and tells at least one funny, touching story of her journey as a working mom. It was a fast read, and easy to break into small, nap time chunks.

Bad Mother
Bad Mother A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace By Waldman, Ayelet Book - 2009

Annotation:Ayelet Waldman was infamous a few years ago for saying publicly that she loved her husband more than her children - remember hearing about that? Here, she talks more about modern motherhood, the plights and the wonder.

It Sucked and Then I Cried
It Sucked and Then I Cried How I Had A Baby, A Breakdown, and A Much Needed Margarita By Armstrong, Heather B. Book - 2009

Annotation:Heather Armstrong's story is in large part about depression, but it is still remarkably funny. It's like, you want your kid to like her kid so you have an excuse to have playdates together and laugh about stuff.

Annotation:This online literary magazine is diverse in it's offerings. I always find something new and compelling to read. It is also so beautifully inspired that I hope to one day (have time and energy to) contribute something of my own.

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