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Holiday for Her: Books

Wow. Ok. I might have jumped in a bit over my head with the gift guide thing because I have done nothing else for the past week but look at amazing things online (well, in addition to all the other stuff I normally do, the usual professional blogging stuff, you know, WHINING). And I realized that the gift guide suggestions for someone who is buying stuff for someone like me was like my hair during my book reading in Portland back in March: OUT OF CONTROL. I got going with the curling iron, and next thing you know I couldn’t stop, and there I am in front of a large group of people reading passages from my book looking like Medusa had climbed on top of my head and taken a yawping crap.

So I’m breaking up the gift guide into several parts. The first one: books. All of these are ones I have read or plan to read in the next several months. I don’t think you could go wrong with a single one. And yes, most of these are female authors, that wasn’t intended, it’s just how it happened, although I can see some dude looking at this list and going, wow, what a bunch of vagina.

1. Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures Amanda Blake Soule $14.93

2. Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Online Favorites Laura Mayes $16.47

3. The English American: A Novel Alison Larkin $10.20

4. The Alternative Hero Tim Thornton $18.21

1. Rockabye: From Wild to Child Rebecca Woolf $10.85

2. Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts Danny Evans $10.20

3. Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater Matthew Amster-Burton $15.64

1. Wife in the North Judith O’Reilly $11.66

2. i am neurotic: (and so are you) Lianna Kong $9.35

3. Who by Fire: A Novel (P.S.) Diana Spechler $12.71

1. Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years With Down Syndrome Jennifer Graf Groneberg $5.60

2. Believe Me: A Novel Nina Killham $11.70

3. The Handmaid and the Carpenter: A Novel Elizabeth Berg $8.00

4. Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion Deborah Copaken Kogan $10.49

5. Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life Quinn Cummings $11.99

1. Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood Adrienne Martini $14.49

2. The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love Michelle Maisto $10.20

3. Just Like Family: Inside the Lives of Nannies, the Parents They Work for, and the Children They Love Tasha Blaine $16.50

4. Songs Without Words (Vintage Contemporaries) Ann Packer $10.17

5. The Middle Place Kelly Corrigan $4.65

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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