Book Club (July, 2015)

Baby, it’s cold out there! Why not stay in, curled up on the couch with the latest offerings from The Baby Project Book Club? C’mon, we know you want to… 

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 8.22.43 pmPrimates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin (Simon & Schuster, $35.00)

Every mother knows it’s a jungle out there. Mothers groups, school pickups, socialising, careers – and the pressures and expectations are that much more amplified when your jungle is New York Society.

After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin felt as though she had landed on another planet. But when she started drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, things suddenly things fell into place. Primates of Park Avenue is delightfully witty and warm and a little bit cheeky. Shop the book. 

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 8.24.20 pmMothers and Others by Natalie Kon-Yu, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Miriam Sved, Maya Linden (Pan Macmillan, $28.25)

With motherhood increasingly at the centre of celebrity and consumer culture, being a mother, or deciding not to be a mother, has never been so complicated. In this collection of fiction and non-fiction stories, Australia’s best women writers reflect on motherhood, taking on everything from the decision not to have children, juggling work and motherhood, to infertility and IVF, miscarriage and breastfeeding. Mothers and Others presents motherhood in its many colours and emotions, and pays tribute to the strange and wonderful experience of motherhood. Shop the book.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 8.23.13 pmFuture-Proofing Your Child by Kathy Walker (Penguin, $26.40)

In their lives, your children will certainly experience heartbreak, career lows, personal pain, disappointment and all sorts of physical pain – and as their mother, you’re probably thinking the best you can do is shield them for as long as possible. Wrong. This book tells parents, in very practical terms, what you can do from birth to twelve to ensure your children have their best chance at coping with life. What we are doing right now is going to shape their resilience in the future, so it’s really worth paying attention. Shop the book.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 8.22.10 pmListen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now by Ann Imig (Penguin, $34.75)

Hilarious and thought-provoking, Listen to Your Mother is a collection of essays that document the experiences of parenthood of ordinary people of all racial, gender, and age backgrounds by some of America’s best writers. This collection of essays celebrates and validates what it means to be a mother today, with honesty that is sometimes shocking, but ultimately refreshing. Shop the book.


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