Thanks, Mom: Library resources for Mother's Day

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 10, 2014 

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Beaufort County libraries have lots of resources to remind you of Mom during this season when we honor her.

Many of the books are memoirs about mothers and daughters. Grammy Award-winning singer, Cissy Houston, writes about the life of her equally famous daughter in "Remembering Whitney: My Story of Life, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped." Through writing, Houston tries to make sense of the loss of her daughter's life and talent. Another famous writing mother is Carol Burnett, who shares memories of her late daughter in "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story."

On the lighter side, author Lisa Scottoline presents a series of essays on what she has learned from her female relatives in "Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim." The content includes dating tips and how to pack up your china. Another group of essays on family life comes from Barbara Kingsolver in "Small Wonder." While she doesn't specifically promise household tips, Kingsolver does include an essay with the curious title, "God's Wife's Measuring Spoons." That one sounds like a must-read to me. Rounding out the lighter side is a book by Julia Sweeney, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother." Julia holds forth on such topics as adoption ("Week One: Unto Me a Child is Given"), and one that could be just about anything ("Hinky Dink is Sinking"). She got my attention.

Not to be outdone in this Mom-a-thon, the men chime in with such titles as "Fabio's Italian Cooking: Over 100 Delicious Family Recipes," by Fabio Viviani. Apparently, Viviani learned all he needed to know about cooking from his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. He gives them all due credit. "After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story," by Michael Hainey is, on the surface, a quest to find who murdered his father and why. Not so obviously, it is about his mother, "a woman of great courage and tenacity" who is left to raise him. In the end, he finds more than he meant to about his parents' marriage and his father's secret life. No, this is not a biography to save for Father's Day.

If you'd rather listen to tributes for Mom, OneClickdigital offers several audio choices. "A Treasury of Miracles for Women," by Karen Kingsbury recounts true stories of faith for mothers, daughters and all women. "Sacred Shore," a novel by Janette Oke, also provides spiritual uplift as she tells the story of a French mother and a British mother, traditional enemies in Acadia, whose attempt to help and support each other leads to a terrible mistake. To lighten the mood, "Somewhat Saved," by Pat G'Orge-Walker tells the hilarious story of mothers Blister and PrayOn -- pillars of the Ain't Nobody Saved but Us-All Others Goin' to Hell church -- and their adventures in Las Vegas at a Mothers' Board Conference. Audio books are available from OneClickdigital for Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, iPhone, iTouch and iPad.

E-book offerings from the 3M Cloud Library begin with the nonfiction title "Things Good Mothers Know: A Celebration," by Alexandra Stoddard. The author offers the wise advice that, to be a good mother, a woman must attend to her own happiness as well as that of her children. Fiction titles from 3M Cloud include Nora Roberts' "Her Mother's Keeper," Danielle Steel's "The Sins of the Mother" and Alexander McCall Smith's "The Miracle at Speedy Motors." A child or grandchild might appreciate being read to from P. D. Eastman's classic "Are You My Mother?" Directions for download are on the library's website at www.beaufortcountylibrary.org under the link, "Download eBooks."

Fran Hays is the reference manager at St. Helena Island library.

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