Three Must Reads for Moms
There's something I love about frequent air travel. Sure it's nerve wracking, you can get strip searched via a scan machine that red flags a security tag in your pants, you must contend with screaming kids in the aisle behind you, hit turbulence just as you're about to take a sip of scalding hot coffee and spend 20 bucks total on snacks that are high in calories and low in good taste. So what is it that I love? I adore cracking open a great book and reading for hours on end and that's what I got to do these last few months as I criss crossed the country and beyond. So without further ado, here's are three must reads for moms:
1. The Help - If you haven't yet read this book by Kathryn Stockett, then good God woman? What the heck are you waiting for? My girlfriends first told me about this book on our 8:48 commuter train and I actually purchased it in the airport in Los Angeles but didn't get a chance to read it cover to cover until I hopped aboard four flights (yes, four flights) from New York, to Dallas to Puerta Vallarta and back.
The Help will have you hooked the moment you dive into the lives of Abileen, Minny and Skeeter. The novel is set in the early 1960's and takes an incredibly revealing look at the relationship between African American maids and their female bosses. Some are treated poorly, others like family, but no matter the situation, what is so intriguing is that so many parts of it still ring true today. I did find it tough to get into the book at first since it starts with the voice of one of the maids, but by chapter three, I could not put it down.
2. If You Knew Suzy - I read this book by Wall Street Journal reporter Katie Rosman in two days. While it will be officially released at the end of this month, If You Knew Suzy is one of those great reads like Eat, Pray, Love that will have you hooked the moment you start reading. If You Knew Suzy is a memoir about the life Katie's mom, who ironically, embraced a healthy lifestyle through pilates and yoga, but sadly lost a brave battle to lung cancer.
While Katie and her sister believe they know everything about their mom, Katie discovers another side of Suzy when she spends an entire year interviewing all the people who had touched her life - from Michigan to Arizona and everywhere in between. This book will make you laugh and cry and is destined for bestseller status. Best of all, I know Katie and trust me if you knew her, you'd love her too!
3. The Opposite of Me - Pack this book by Sarah Pekkanen in your carry on bag and make sure you have it handy for any beach vacation! The novel centers on Lindsey and Alex, twin sisters who are completely different - or so they think. Alex is drop dead gorgeous while Lindsey is brilliant but self conscious about her looks. When Lindsey makes a major blunder on the job and is fired on the spot, she's forced to return home to Maryland and find a new job before her family finds out she was canned. Along the way, she manages to open her eyes to a new life and career while discovering something about her sister that ultimately brings them both closer together.