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Published February 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

Memoirs by moms hit bookshelves

Several mom-centered memoirs released in recent weeks are earning buzz in mainstream papers and parenting magazines.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Several mom-centered memoirs released in recent weeks are earning buzz in mainstream papers and parenting magazines.

These are not how-to parenting manuals. They don’t offer step-by-step discipline techniques or nutritious meal plans or advice on how to help your kid with his algebra homework.

Rather, these nonfiction books explore parenting from a personal, and sometimes academic, point of view.

Here’s the lowdown on these parent-themed reads, as well as a few other memoirs that have tackled the topic of parenting.


“Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture”

Author: Peggy Orenstein

Who she is: A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and author of “Waiting for Daisy” and “Schoolgirls”

Published: Jan. 25

Pages: 244

What it’s about: An exploration of the potential negative impact of our new girlie-girl culture, one Orenstein saw her own daughter embrace as she longed for tulle dresses and played princess


“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”

Author: Amy Chua

Who she is: Professor at Yale Law School and noted expert in fields of international business, ethnic conflict and globalization

Published: Jan. 11

Pages: 256

What it’s about: Chua’s extreme exercise in parenting, what she describes as the Chinese way of raising children, where parents demand academic (and in Chua’s memoir, musical) perfection



“The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom’s Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice and Soulful Reflections”

Author: Brooke Burke

Who she is: A mother of four, Burke won season seven of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is CEO of ModernMom.com

Published: Feb. 1

Pages: 320

What it’s about: A behind-the-scenes look at the chaotic life of this celebrity mom, sharing some universal truths for all moms


“Exploiting My Baby (Because It’s Exploiting Me): A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth”

Author: Teresa Strasser

Who she is: Television writer and TV host, best-known as Adam Carolla’s radio sidekick

Published: Jan. 4

Pages: 304

What it’s about: A blunt memoir about Strasser’s first-time pregnancy, which she experienced at age 38


Other reads

Here are a few other recent books that target different parent demographics.

For dads

“No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad”

Author: Jay Mohr

Who he is: “Saturday Night Live” alum and “Last Comic Standing” host

Published: May 2010 (paperback is due out this May)

Pages: 274

What it’s about: Down-and-dirty tales of modern fatherhood, including Mohr’s humiliating test-tube conception attempts, trying to keep the child alive and the moments of pure joy



For adoptive parents

“In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving”

Authors: Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

Who they are: The Tuohys, of Memphis, provided inspiration for the film “The Blind Side.” She runs an interior design company. He owns more than 70 restaurant franchises.

Published: July 2010 (paperback released Feb. 1)

Pages: 288

What it’s about: The rest of “The Blind Side” story, so to speak, including the Tuohys insight into why they reached out to homeless teen Michael Oher



For parents of teens

“Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love”

Author: Debra Gwartney

Who she is: A former Oregonian newspaper reporter and correspondent for Newsweek, she now teaches writing at Portland State University.

Published: February 2009 (released in paperback last year)

Pages: 240

What it’s about: A story originally shared on NPR’s “This American Life,” Gwartney shares her personal account of two young girls determined to disappear and the journey back to mother-daughter love.

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