16 Books Mom Will Love
Whether they have kids or are just considering the idea, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay offers up practical tips for motherhood combined with side-splitting laughs (for example: "If you're holding your baby 24/7, that's not a baby, that's a tumor"). And don’t worry—there's plenty of genuine support, encouragement and indispensable common-sense advice.
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Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle tells the story of how Kingsolver's family was changed by becoming locavores—eating only foods produced locally. With sidebars on various aspects of food-production and nutritional information, meal plans and recipes, it is part great read, part how-to manual for rethinking the way you eat.
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Jamie Oliver wants to change the way we eat—especially when it comes to our children. Taking meals we all love to eat, he offers healthier, simple recipes even a complete beginner can master.
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Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. From the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s through the role her cells played in developing the polio vaccine through uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses and the effects of the atom bomb, her cells are leading to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping.
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From her childhood to her launch as an actress in New York City to her 11 years hosting the Carol Burnett Show, comedy legend Carol Burnett knows how to bring us close and keep us laughing. She shares snippets such as how she once used her Tarzan yell to scare a mugger, the origin of the famous sketch of Scarlett O'Hara in a curtain-rod dress and dish about her famous costars and friends. If you aren't a fan of Carol Burnett before you start reading, you will be once you finish.
The who's who of comedy: Jim Carrey and Carol Burnett
In his first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom's new book begins with an unusual request: An 82-year-old rabbi from Albom's hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. Delving into a journey to understand a man, Albom is confronted with a world of faith he'd left years ago, unlikely friendships and some big questions—how to endure when difficult things happen; what is heaven; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. What he finds is a uniting bond among beliefs everywhere.
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Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma, now brings us an indispensable guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely—many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.
Real food, real answers from Michael Pollan
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Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.
Candace Bushnell's aha! moment
Oprah interviews Sarah Jessica Parker
Women, Food, and God is the book Oprah wants every woman to read. The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all. The world is on your plate. When you begin to understand what prompts you to use food as a way to numb or distract yourself, the process takes you deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of your own life. Rather than getting rid of, or instantly changing, your conflicted relationship with food, Women, Food, and God is about welcoming what is already here, and contacting the part of yourself that is already whole—divinity itself.
Geneen Roth talks to Oprah
The Hot Mom to be Handbook by Jessica Denay is not your ordinary pregnancy book. It's the ultimate resource for any expecting mother who refuses to check her sense of style and self at the white picket fence. Founder of the popular social networking site, Hot Moms Club, author Denay is on the pulse of hot mom trends and has worked with celebrity mothers such as Mariska Hargitay, Trista Sutter, Lauren Holly, Ricki Lake, Kelly Rutherford, Joely Fisher and Jenny McCarthy—and now she offers indispensable guidance for every hot mom who wants to look and feel great from bump to baby.
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What better way to say thank you than with Shel Silverstein's timeless classic, The Giving Tree. "Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, touched with sadness and aglow with consolation. A moving parable for readers of all ages, The Giving Tree offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
The cookbook so profound, it changed a culture, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is Julia Child's first masterpiece. From Poulet au Porto to Boeuf Bourguignon to Lobster Thermidor, Julia Child makes even the most complex recipe seem easy enough to try. Pair it with the Julie Powell-inspired movie, Julie and Julia, and you have a perfectly timeless Mother's Day gift.
Q&A with author Julie Powell
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Prior to Stieg Larsson's sudden death of a heart attack in 2004, he finished three detective novels to create the Millennium-trilogy, which was published posthumously: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets. With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you—indeed all of us—were born to run.
"Here's what my love affair with quotations has taught me: The more you focus on words that uplift you, the more you embody the ideas contained in those words." — Oprah Winfrey
In honor of O, The Oprah Magazine's 10th anniversary, Words That Matter is a powerful little book that gathers some of the greatest wisdom to appear in the magazine over the past decade, from historic figures and spiritual leaders to authors and actors, philosophers and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Here are the insights of Maya Angelou, Eckhart Tolle, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, Martha Beck, Suze Orman and dozens of others on love and sex, friendship and gratitude, success and money...and beyond. Words That Matter is a book they will return to again and again.
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