Parents

This Sunday, July 27, 2008 celebrate Parents' Day with a humorous and heart-felt memoir about parenthood or read the warm reflections of adult children writing about their mothers and fathers.

Parenthood

Operating Instructions book cover

Writer and single mother Anne Lamott candidly chronicles her first year of motherhood in Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. With humor, she shares the ups and downs of parenting with the help of her eccentric friends and family.

Daniel Glick writes about life as a single father after an unexpected divorce in Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to Witness the World's Vanishing Wonders. With his 13-year old son and 9-year old daughter, environmental reporter Glick travels the world for six months from Africa to Australia. Together, they view the natural world and cope with the changes in their lives.

In The Big Turn-Off: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid, Ellen Currey-Wilson writes with humor about her struggle to reduce the mainstream media’s influence in her house. She vows that her son will never watch any TV and she will quit her TV addiction. It’s never that easy, but their family relationships grow as television time is reduced.

Author Neal Pollack writes a witty memoir about his life as a hipster dad in Alternadad. Pollack makes the transition from party guy to responsible dad, without sacrificing his passion for pop culture.

Children reflect on their parents

The Color of Water book cover

In this poignant book, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother, James McBride reflects on race and identity while telling the story of his mother, Ruth McBride Jordan. Despite poverty and racism, she raises her twelve children to succeed in this inspirational memoir.

Haven Kimmel focuses on her mother as well in She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana. Delonda, Kimmel’s mother, decided to go to college, learn to drive, and lose over 100 pounds when Kimmel was a preteen. Her father resented these successes, and this humorous account entertains with a bittersweet tone.

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates depicts the role Ta-Nehisi’s father played in his life and that of his brother Bill growing up in the inner city of Baltimore. A Vietnam vet, friend of the Black Panthers, and dedicated to sending his children to Howard University, Paul Coates helps his sons along the path to manhood.

Kansas City native Calvin Trillin writes an affectionate and humorous portrait of his dad in Messages from My Father. This stubborn and honest Midwest grocer made his way from Texas to Kansas City, dispensing advice and Yiddish curses while making sure his son went to Yale.

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