Stepmom Book Club

14 04 2009

Good morning M’Ladies:

I recently came across a fantastic resource for stepfamilies (thanks Jen!) The Library Journal printed an article Stepfamily Ties, which includes reviews of several stepfamily books to help librarians build collections that will really help stepfamilies. Check it out for some great reads. Here are a few noteworthy reviews from the article by my blogger pals:

bitchNo One’s The Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for the Mother and Stepmother Relationship. by Jennifer Newcomb Marine and Carol Marine 

“Bitch is a worthy, energetic workbook…Chatty and funny, it provides useful ideas (e.g., make small offerings) and sound how-to (e.g., greet each other when the kids swap houses). Fill-in-the-blank sections pose a defacement risk, though the positive tone outweighs it.”

package-dealThe Package Deal: My (Not-So) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom by Izzy Rose.

“This candid, optimistic memoir readably recounts Rose’s journey from single San Franciscan to stepmother of two adolescent boys in Texas. Clear-eyed, funny observations complement 21 “rules of motherhood” (e.g., compromise but without sacrificing yourself) and show how real people blend.”

And they included my book, yay!

bookcoverA Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom: Expert Advice from Other Stepmoms on How To Juggle Your Job, Your Marriage, and Your New Stepkids by Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

“Fletcher’s excellent what-to-expect guide is perfect for women who were single with no kids before they married into stepchildren. Anecdotes and snippets from stepfamily experts are conversational yet illuminating.”

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Reading List

27 10 2008

Here are a few books worth checking out. What’s on your bookshelf?

1) A Walk On The Beach: Tales of Wisdom By An Unconventional Woman by Joan Anderson. A woman in the middle of an identity crisis meets an inspiring elderly neighbor who brings her back to life. A wonderful book that demands several readings.

2) Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce by Elizabeth Marquardt. To really understand what it’s like for your stepchildren, do them a favor and read this book. Then give it to your partner and his ex. It’s based on a landmark study of kids whose parents divorce, and is written in an accessible and engaging style.

3) I’m Not Julia Roberts by Laura Ruby. This novel by a stepmom of two tells the story of a stepfamily from the point of view of many different players in this complicated family structure. Hilarious and heartbreaking.

4) The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. One of the foremost marriage experts in the country, Gottman created this step-by-step guide after observing couples in his lab at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Wash. You’ll never roll your eyes the same way again.

5) Why Do I Love These People? Understanding, Surviving, And Creating Your Own Family by Po Bronson. After interviewing 700 families across the United States, Bronson chose 19 stories to illustrate how family relationships work. An engrossing book that leaves you hopeful.