a diet. Separate chapters cover pregnancy,
infancy, and childhood, along with issues
that come up once children begin spending
more time outside the home, such as handling school lunches. The authors draw on
their medical and parental expertise, as well
as advice and information that comes from
interviews with visitors to their website.
This is a manual, not a book that requires
reading from front to back. Readers can
pick morsels relevant to them and leave
the rest. Over half of the book is a cookbook with delicious-sounding recipes
from chef Darshana Thacker for both basic
foods like muffins and baked ziti and more
unusual fare such as Sunflower Seed Paté
and Chickpeazella Sticks. Throughout,
the writing is accessible and well-documented by footnotes. (Sept.)
The Self-Care Solution:
A Modern Mother’s Must-Have
Guide to Health and Well-Being
Julie Burton. She Writes Press, $16.95 trade
paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-63152-068-6
Burton’s instructional guide to self-care
for mothers is full of tips and techniques,
and long on understanding and empathy.
A mother of four, she realized that she
couldn’t “handle everything on my plate,”
and acknowledged her inability to ask
for help. She also realized she wasn’t
alone in her struggle. The result: this
book. Clearly, Burton has done her research,
as shown by the anonymous quotes from
moms sprinkled throughout. The
quotes provide reinforcement that moms
everywhere face challenges and have
their own fears and frustrations. The
book starts well, offering straightforward
advice about the benefits of exercise or
sleep. Occasionally, Burton’s suggestions
are light on substance, if well-intentioned
(“Laugh. A lot”). Other sections are more
substantive, such as one on sex and intimacy. The book also addresses the tension
between working moms and SAHMS
(stay at home moms), a point that comes
across as a distracting digression from
the main subject since Burton shows
both groups are in equal need of a well-stocked “self-care toolbox.” She ends on a
simple but strong note, reminding
mothers that it’s important to “fulfill
your children’s needs, not their wants.”
beautiful, and, most importantly, right
there in front of you. Color illus. (Oct.)
The Best of Both Worlds:
How Mothers Can Find Full-Time
Satisfaction in Part-Time Work
Beth Brykman. Prometheus Books, $17 trade
paper (280p) ISBN 978-1-63388-248-5
This soothing if not particularly directive
guide from author and part-time consultant Brykman urges mothers to find the
much-vaunted work-life balance in part-time work. Part-time employment, she
says, is the “ultimate solution” for women
who are looking to continue earning
income and gaining fulfillment from their
careers, but want to work shorter hours
to spend more time with their children.
According to her, employers are more
accommodating of mothers’ schedules
now than in the past. Part-time workers
are particularly valuable because they can
fill in peak hours that the full-time work-force doesn’t want to take. Through dozens
of stories detailing the experiences of her
interviewees, Brykman talks through the
advantages (and disadvantages) of shifting
from full- to part-time employment,
starting a business, following a passion,
networking, and working from home.
While she does give some suggestions
for finding success, the book is more an
attempt to assuage concerns and show
readers that they can have what other
women have; it includes far more personal
experience than data or concrete direction.
While readers who are struggling with
this question may find Brykman’s work
helpful, there’s just not enough solid content to help a mother begin on this path.
The Forks Over Knives Family:
Every Parent’s Guide to Raising
Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-
Food, Plant-Based Diet
Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman, with
Marah Stets and Brian Wendel. Touchstone,
$25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4767-5332-4
Doctors Pulde and Lederman capably
build on the philosophy laid out in their
previous book (The Forks Over Knives Plan)
that “a whole-food, plant-based diet is the
optimum choice a person can make.” This
installment is a handbook for parents to help
them and their families transition to such
Just a Kiss Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson,
ISBN 978-0-7180-2375-1, Sept.
; Saffire Sigmund Brou wer. Waterbrook,
ISBN 978-0-307-44651-0, Aug.
Liberty Street Dianne Warren. Putnam/ Wood,
ISBN 978-0-3991-5801-8, Aug.
An Elegant Facade Kristi Ann Hunter. Bethany,
ISBN 978-0-7642-1825-5, July
Death of a Siren William S. Schaill. Academy
Chicago, ISBN 978-1- 61373-426-1, Apr.
; What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (And
What Isn’t): Zen Perspectives Edited by Barry
Magid and Robert Rosenbaum. Wisdom Publications, ISBN 978-1-61429-283-8, Oct.
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and
Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion Danielle
Walker. Ten Speed, ISBN 978-1-60774-942-4, Sept.
John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson: The
Blues Harmonica of Chicago’s Bronzeville
Mitsutoshi Inaba. Rowman & Littlefield,
ISBN 978-1-4422-5442-8, Sept.
; Making Sense of God: An Invitation to
the Skeptical Timothy Keller. Viking,
ISBN 978-0-525-95415-6, Sept.
My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock
Survivor Keith Morris, with Jim Ruland. Da Capo,
ISBN 978-0-306-82406-7, Sept.
Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life Joyce Carol Oates.
Ecco, ISBN 978-0-06-256450-4 , Sept.
A Different Beautiful: Discovering and
Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never
Expected Courtney Westlake. Shiloh Run,
ISBN 978-1-63409-726-0, Aug.
The Mannings: The Fall and Rise of a
Football Family Lars Anderson. Ballantine,
ISBN 978-1-1018-8382-2, Aug.
A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the
Islamic State Meredith Tax. Bellevue Literary,
ISBN 978-1-942658-10-8, Aug.
We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong:
The Democrats’ Case for 2016 James
Carville, with Ryan Jacobs. Blue Rider,
ISBN 978-0-399-57622-5, Aug.
Yokainoshima: Island of Monsters
Charles Fréger. Thames & Hudson,
ISBN 978-0-500-54459-4, Aug.
; The Games: A Global History of the
Olympics David Goldblatt. Norton,
ISBN 978-0-3922-9277-0, July