Monday, May 4, 2020

Seven top books to prepare for motherhood

Francesca Segal's latest book is a memoir, Mother Ship.

At the Guardian, she tagged several novels and memoirs to prepare for the new emotional territory that is motherhood. One title on the list:
Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year made me roar with laughter, and is joyous because it shows that you do not have to have every black-and-white frieze hung, every muslin ironed, each educational material absorbed – you do not need a perfect life, merely an open heart and, to quote Mary Oliver, “to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves”.’ A recovering alcoholic with no money and no co-parent, Lamott does a beautiful job of loving and raising her son, who grows up to be a thoroughly good egg.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue