Mom Lit That Hits Home

new books for moms!

Whether you’re a SAHM or a mom who drives to her job uphill in the snow (both ways), you’ve got your work cut out for you.

So when it comes to reading, you need digestible bits you can process before conking out. The latest mom lit (part self-help, part personal essay, part sketch comedy) gives on-point advice, tips, and giggles.

When Did I Get Like This?, by Amy Wilson
A collection of humorous and insightful essays that chronicle Wilson’s daily struggles with motherhood, self-doubt, and guilt. Moms who feel like they’re “walking the edge of wackadoo” will appreciate her honesty and wish that they could join her playgroup.

Momover, by Dana Wood
Former beauty director of W and Cookie magazines makes sense of the physical and mental chaos of new momdom. Don’t be put off by the jacket’s promise to “bring out your inner momshell”; Wood shares insider tidbits only a beauty journalist could like the best bust-firming creams and why to choose blush over concealer.

Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak, by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak
Amen, sisters. The truth-invoking title is just the first thing you’ll love about this book. Billed as a guide for working moms, it is filled with strategies and stories that will lighten every mom’s load — and mood.

this week in atlanta!
Earth Day Kids Fest
What: A full day of green activities such as canoeing and recycling relay races, followed by a performance by Billy Jonas.
Why: Photo ops with Captain Planet.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell (770-992-2055).

Family Storytelling: Emerging Voices

What: Gather in the library of the historic mansion to hear precocious young tellers from Rowland Elementary School and Stepping Stones Academy spin yarns.
Why: A few lucky kids will score door prizes.
When: Fri., 7 p.m.
Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Druid Hills (404-872-5338).

Figo Pasta Fundraiser

What: Treat tykes to a Bambini Celebration Special (an Italian meal with dessert).
Why: Twenty percent of sales goes to the Child Protection Center to help prevent abuse and neglect.
When: Thru Apr. 30.
Where: Various locations. Donate online at figopasta.com.

Photo: Betsssssy / Flickr

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