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 philadelphia!
Free Library Festival

What: Catch a juggling act, meet authors and illustrators, and stop by the teddy bear picnic for a sing-along.
Why: Storybook characters mingling in the crowd are sure to make it a page-turner.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Picnic, Sun., noon.
Where: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (215-567-4341).

Angler Movement Arts Center

What: Register Miss Twinkle Toes for ballet, jazz, and other movement classes during the six-week spring session.
Why: Ditch the pink tights and black leotards; free expression is encouraged.
When: Book now for classes starting Apr. 19.
Where: 1550 E. Montgomery Ave. (267-496-1337). Register online at anglermovementartscenter.com.

Earth Day Festival

What: See endangered fish, peer into microscopes, and learn about global warming during the activity-packed weekend.
Why: Mini earth enthusiasts can quiz the on-site scientist about the environment.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. (215-299-1000).

Photo: Betsssssy / Flickr

Angler Movement Arts Center
1550 E Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
@ 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103