Reader’s Lounge

by Susan Erhardt

As Tenneva Jordan said, “A mother is a person, who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” Mothers are generous, selfless and kind, and bookshelves are chock full of enticing reads that celebrate the most important woman in everyone’s life.

Cards for Brianna

by Heather McManamy

When author Heather McManamy was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at age 33, she began recording herself talking to her young daughter, Brianna, and writing her greeting cards to open on special occasions throughout her life. In “Cards for Brianna,” McManamy shares her journey of fighting cancer—a battle she eventually lost—accompanied by snippets of what she wrote to her daughter. This touching read will inspire you to pick up a pen and let the ones you love most know just how close they are to your heart.

Mother, Can You Not?

by Kate Siegel

Kate Siegal runs the widely read Instagram account @crazyjewishmom, where she posts text conversations she has with her overly involved mother. Siegal’s mom doesn’t hold back when it comes to letting her know she wants her daughter to get married and have a baby, pronto. The chapters are full of fun stories, including the time her eccentric mother forced her to kidnap a sick cat from the shelter, threw her a “period party” and invited herself along on a gynecological visit, interspersed with screenshots of hilarious
text messages.

I Want My Epidural Back

by Karen Alpert

Karen Alpert runs the blog “Baby Sideburns,” where she posts amusing anecdotes about being a “mediocre” parent. In this book, she shares essays on the same topic, with chapters titled “I Tried the Crying it Out Method…I’m Still Crying” and “And For Dinner I Gave My Kids an Eating Disorder.” If you are blessed with motherhood, you will find yourself nodding your head in recognition of all the times you found yourself taking deep breaths, counting to ten and going to that happy place in your mind.

Smart Mom, Rich Mom 

by Kimberly Palmer

“Smart Mom, Rich Mom” is a guide for moms planning their financial future. Author Kimberly Palmer covers smart spending, describing how to splurge without being foolish and how to start saving the money. She touches on the pros and cons of having children early in your career versus later and how to continue working outside the home after starting a family. The final chapters cover tips on sharing financial knowledge with your children and how to help them prepare for a secure future.


“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from”

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Susan Erhardt has been a youth librarian with Kent District Library for 24 years, and a mom for 19. When she’s not pressing “just one more” book into people’s hands at the library, she can be found walking her dog, going to trivia night with her husband, Snapchatting her daughters or maybe even reading a book.


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