Spring book club

The Baby Project has got your summer reading sorted with our pick of the best holiday reads…

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-5-33-05-pmLetter to my Teenage Self edited by Grace Halphen (Affirm Press, $19.99)

If you could write a letter and send it back to yourself as a teenager, what would you write? In Letter to my Teenage Self, 50 famous Australians pen heartfelt letters to their younger selves, containing all the ‘I wish I knew then’ advice gained over their lifetimes.

The life lessons they share range from learning to laugh at yourself (Adam Gilchrist), to not letting the negative experiences shape who you become (Guy Sebastian), to practising gratitude (Nathan Buckley). Some of the letters will surprise you, but they will all get you thinking. Shop the book.


screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-5-34-09-pmTry Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever by Em Rusciano (Simon & Schuster, $32.99)

If you need to laugh until you cry (and who doesn’t?), check out this memoir from Em Rusciano, one of Australia’s most loved and most fabulous performers. This is the story of love, life, marriage and motherhood as told by a woman riddled with anxiety and insecurities, yet bold enough to walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely nail it. Try Hard is honest as it is inspiring – it’s the modern day fairytale of the woman who learned to love herself warts and all, and shine. Shop the book.


screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-5-34-57-pmThe Checkout by the Checkout team (HarperCollins, $29.99)

Are you a guilty mum? Aren’t we all – and don’t they know it! There is no other demographic that is marketed to with such force and using such blatant emotional triggers than a pregnant woman or new mum.

Marketers know that new parenthood is a period of great hope and even greater vulnerability. And unfortunately, not all companies are as innocent as your newborn.

Well, thank goodness the the ABC’s Checkout team have just produced The Checkout book, a witty and cheeky look at consumer scams and laws, packed with advice on how to stand up for your rights and avoid becoming a victim. Shop the book.


screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-5-35-42-pmLive a Beautiful Life by Jesinta Campbell (Hachette, $35.00)

In a glaxy of TV presenter slash models, Jesinta Campbell stands out for her intelligence and integrity, and her emphasis on healthy lifestyle. In Live a Beautiful Life, Campbell shares her philosophies on health, as well as beauty tips and recipes. But more than that, she encourages young girls to reach for the stars, and gives advice on mapping out their goals.

Beautifully illustrated, Live a Beautiful Life oozes with positivity and vitality and makes a wonderful gift for the young girls in your life – and even the older ones too. Shop the book.

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