Composite picture of the cover of six books

My ideal Mother's Room bookshelf

Rated by
Caitlin T.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

I am a mother. A working mother. A working mother who somehow scored the right blend of help, stubbornness, and luck to successfully breastfeed. As a working, breastfeeding mother I’ve spent a lot of time in Mother’s Rooms (which thankfully are becoming more prevalent) and as a working, breastfeeding, *librarian* mother, I’ve pondered the books I think should come standard with all Mother’s Rooms. The following is a list I am titling “My ideal Mother’s Room bookshelf.”

Light green cover; title in red on the right; on left edge of cover, woman standing with with hand on left hip, seen from chest level down, wearing a short, black-on-white horizontal striped tiger pattern skirt,

Primates of Park Avenue

Wednesday Martin
Rated by
Diane H.
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015

Seen through the lens of an anthropologist, the women who inhabit the Upper East Side of New York City appear to be a strange tribe with outrageous rituals, beliefs, and attitudes.

In this memoir by Wednesday Martin, we watch as she, along with her husband and young child, journey from lower to upper Manhattan – a trip that is negligible geography-wise and enormous socially and culturally.

Neon sign spelling out Love Me Back against a blue green background.

Love Me Back

Merritt Tierce
Rated by
Melody B.K.
Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

In this novel, Marie, a young mother, is a server at an upscale Dallas restaurant. Some nights the tips border on phenomenal. Yet, she is slowly suffocating under a great, sorrowful blanket of depression. She exists, she suffers, she endures acts of degradation and abuse from men on the off chance that occasionally she will experience something other than sadness and pain. Her daughter is a buoy that she lets go of to sink back into the nasty muck. Love Me Back holds no happy ending, no redemption.

Your Best Life Now for Moms

Joel Osteen
Rated by
Bre H.
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011

This nifty book has colorful pictures, which are heartwarming and uplifting. The inspirational read is for mothers or anyone to enjoy. A great book to flip through when you are in line waiting or on break.

The Irresistible Henry House

Lisa Grunwald
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Jun 11, 2010

There are many things we practice for: a test, an interview, a sports event. In the early and middle part of last century women sometimes practiced being a mother. There were home economic programs at some colleges that offered female students the opportunity to learn about motherhood firsthand. Orphaned babies were loaned to the program for a year or two in order for the student, or practice, mothers to learn about taking care of a real baby.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Rated by
Erin H.
Monday, Mar 8, 2010

Welcome to a crazy alternate-historical steampunk world, starring a plucky and determined mother/son pair who must use all their wits to escape from a Seattle that has been taken over by zombies. Priest does some great world-building that literally immerses the reader (bring your extra filters, kids, the air isn't fit to breathe) and goes most authors one better by leaving much of the zombie horror offscreen.