Books about Parenthood

  1. Vader's Little Princess

    by Jeffrey Brown
    A humorous take on the father-daughter dynamic in the Star Wars universe.

    Darth Vader is learning that being a Sith lord and dedicated father to Princess Leia isn't quite so easy... In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son , ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Dad Is Fat

    by Jim Gaffigan
    Collection of humorous stories of family life in a large family.

    Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids. Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content ... (Goodreads)

  3. Leaving Time

    by Jodi Picoult
    A young girl's quest to uncover the truth behind her mother's disappearance.

    For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna ... (Goodreads)

  4. Midwives

    by Chris Bohjalian
    A midwife's journey of self-discovery, uncovering secrets of her own past.

    The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads ... (Goodreads)

  5. Little Fires Everywhere

    by Celeste Ng
    A story of two families clashing over the custody of a Chinese-American baby in a suburban Ohio town.

    The story starts in 1998 where the Richardson home in Shaker Heights, Ohio catches fire. Arson is suspected, as there were multiple small fires. The previous year, 1997, Elena Richardson rents her ... (Wikipedia)

  6. The Nanny Diaries

    by Emma McLaughlin
    A young woman's struggle to balance her professional and personal obligations as a nanny.

    Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless–bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived ... (Goodreads)

  7. Little Children

    by Tom Perrotta
    A suburban couple's struggle with the everyday dramas of marriage and parenting.

    Sarah, who once considered herself a radical feminist , wonders how she allowed herself to be reduced to a common housewife , constantly at the playground with three other neighborhood Stepford ... (Wikipedia)

  8. The Rosie Project

    by Graeme Simsion
    An awkward professor's journey to find love, discovering the true meaning of connection.

    An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. ... (Goodreads)

  9. Llama Llama Misses Mama

    by Anna Dewdney
    A young llama deals with his first night away from his mother, learning to cope with his feelings of homesickness.

    Strange new teacher. Strange new toys. Lots of kids and lots of noise! What would Llama like to do? Llama Llama feels so new . . . It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Secrets of Midwives

    by Sally Hepworth
    Three generations of midwives confront secrets and challenges that threaten to tear their family apart.

    A novel about three generations of midwives (a woman, her mother, and her grandmother) and the secrets they keep that push them apart and ultimately bind them together THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells ... (Goodreads)

  11. Dept. of Speculation

    by Jenny Offill
    A woman's exploration of relationships, marriage, and motherhood amidst personal and familial struggles.

    Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. ... (Goodreads)

  12. The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    by Pat Conroy
    A memoir of a tumultuous relationship between a father and son, exploring themes of family, forgiveness, and redemption.

    In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last. Pat Conroy's ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Argonauts

    by Maggie Nelson
    A personal exploration of gender, sexuality, and love, weaving together memoir, criticism, and philosophy.

    An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family. Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, ... (Goodreads)

  14. Sing You Home

    by Jodi Picoult
    A couple's story of a longing for a child, and the legal issues that arise when they attempt to conceive.

    Zoe Baxter, a music therapist , and her husband, Max Baxter, have tried for a decade to have children, but it is revealed that they cannot have children because of fertility issues . Zoe has ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Glitter and Glue

    by Kelly Corrigan
    A memoir of a daughter's travels with her mother, exploring the complexities of their relationship and the lessons learned along the way.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER,From the author of, The Middle Place, comes a new memoir that examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Fifth Child

    by Doris Lessing
    A family's life is upended when the fifth child arrives, disrupting the balance of their world.

    When David Lovatt meets Harriet at an office party, they both immediately fall in love. They both share the same conservative outlooks, which they perceive to be a rarity in the London of the 1960s. ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Cheaper by the Dozen

    by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
    An autobiographical account of a large family living in the early 1900s, navigating the joys and challenges of a large family.

    The book tells the story of time and motion study and efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth , and their children as they reside in Montclair, New Jersey , for many ... (Wikipedia)

  18. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

    by Anne Lamott
    An intimate diary of a mother's journey of joy and struggle raising her son.

    The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott's account of her son Sam's first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott ( Crooked Little Heart ) is a single ... (Goodreads)

  19. Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

    by Peggy Vincent
    Memoir of a midwife's experiences delivering babies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife. Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy ... (Goodreads)

  20. What to Expect When You're Expecting

    by Heidi Murkoff
    A comprehensive guide to preparing for and navigating the journey of pregnancy.

    Incorporating everything that's new in pregnancy, childbirth, and the lifestyles of parents-to-be, complete with a preconception plan, information on choosing a practitioner, birthing alternatives, ... (Goodreads)

  21. Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities

    by Marian Keyes
    A collection of humorous and heartwarming essays about everyday life experiences, from fashion to family.

    From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in ... (Goodreads)

  22. Labor Day

    by Joyce Maynard
    A single mother and her son take in an escaped convict over Labor Day weekend, leading to unexpected consequences.

    Henry Wheeler, a man in his early 30s, recounts his thirteenth year. As Labor Day weekend approaches, 13-year-old Henry sees no reason why this weekend should be any different. He expects it to be as ... (Wikipedia)

  23. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

    by Anderson Cooper
    A candid conversation between a mother and son, exploring their past and present.

    A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, that offers timeless wisdom and a revealing ... (Barnes & Noble)

  24. I Don't Know How She Does It

    by Allison Pearson
    A working mother juggles career, family, and social obligations while trying to maintain her sanity.

    Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson's smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as "The national anthem for working mothers." Hedge-fund manager, wife, and ... (Goodreads)

  25. The Child in Time

    by Ian McEwan
    A father's struggle to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of his daughter.

    Stephen Lewis is, by his own admission, an accidental author of children's books. One Saturday, on a routine visit to the supermarket, during a momentary distraction, he loses his only daughter, ... (Wikipedia)

  26. The First Part Last

    by Angela Johnson
    A teenage girl's journey of self-discovery, coming to terms with teen pregnancy.

    Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about ... (Goodreads)

  27. Letter to a Child Never Born

    by Oriana Fallaci
    A woman reflects on her life and contemplates the implications of motherhood.

    Published by Rizzoli in 1975, Letter to a Child Never Born was quickly translated and sold in twenty-seven countries worldwide, becoming an extraordinary success. It is the tragic monologue of a ... (Goodreads)

  28. Dakota Home

    by Debbie Macomber
    A widow and her two children move to a small town in North Dakota to start a new life. They find love, friendship, and healing in unexpected ways.

    This town is coming back to life!, , , People have started moving to Buffalo Valley, North Dakota—people like Lindsay Snyder, who came as a teacher and stayed, marrying local farmer Gage Sinclair. ... (Goodreads)

  29. Manhood for Amateurs

    by Michael Chabon
    A collection of essays exploring the complexities and contradictions of modern masculinity, from fatherhood to pop culture.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author–"an immensely gifted writer and a magical prose stylist" (Michiko Kakutani,, New York Times,)--offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical ... (Goodreads)

  30. These Things Hidden

    by Heather Gudenkauf
    A gripping story of family secrets, betrayal and redemption.

    When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. ... (Goodreads)

  31. sTORI Telling

    by Tori Spelling
    Memoir of Tori Spelling's life growing up in Hollywood, her rise to fame, and personal struggles.

    This title sees Tori set the record straight on her personal life and lets readers experience the truly unique life she's led - with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, ... (Goodreads)

  32. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

    by Mem Fox
    Celebrating the similarities and differences of babies around the world, highlighting the universal joy of having ten little fingers and ten little toes.

    This modern nursery rhyme from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  33. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls

    by Lauren Graham
    An intimate memoir of the actor's experience playing Lorelai Gilmore and her journey to becoming an author.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of, Gilmore Girls, and, Parenthood, reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along ... (Barnes & Noble)

  34. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

    by Jennifer Senior
    A thoughtful exploration of parenthood in the modern age, examining the joys and struggles of raising children.

    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of children on their parents? "All Joy and No Fun is ... (Goodreads)

  35. Man and Boy

    by Tony Parsons
    A father's struggle to hold onto his son and his family amidst turmoil and tragedy.

    HE HAD TO FACE THE TOUGHEST JOB OF HIS LIFE. AND HE NEVER ONCE THOUGHT HE'D BE ON HIS OWN. Harry had it all: a beautiful wife, an adorable four-year-old son, and a high-paying media job. But on the ... (Goodreads)

  36. Hanna's Daughters

    by Marianne Fredriksson
    Three generations of women in a Swedish family confront their past and present, exploring themes of love, loss, and forgiveness.

    Anna has returned from visiting her mother. Restless and unable to sleep, she wanders through her parents' house, revisiting the scenes of her childhood. In a cupboard drawer, folded and pushed away ... (Goodreads)

  37. Shine Shine Shine

    by Lydia Netzer
    A story of a roboticist's wife, Sunny, who struggles with her own identity and the challenges of motherhood.

    A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be ... (Goodreads)

  38. The Middle Place

    by Kelly Corrigan
    An exploration of family, faith, and the healing power of love.

    Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Corrigan opens her memoir with these words: "The thing you need to know about me is that I am George Corrigan's daughter, his only daughter." She continues ... (Goodreads)

  39. The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant

    by Dan Savage
    A memoir of a gay couple's journey to parenthood through adoption, and the challenges they faced along the way.

    Dan Savage 's nationally syndicated sex advice column, Savage Love, enrages and excites more than four million people each week. In The Kid , Savage tells a no-holds-barred, high-energy story of an ... (Goodreads)

  40. Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries

    by Helen Fielding
    Bridget Jones navigates the ups and downs of pregnancy and motherhood while trying to figure out who the father of her baby is.

    Bridget Jones is a Bangor University graduate. She is a 32-year-old single woman whose life is a satirized version of the stereotypical single London 30-something in the 1990s and very unlucky in ... (Wikipedia)

  41. Babyville

    by Jane Green
    Three women navigate the ups and downs of pregnancy and motherhood, while dealing with their own personal struggles and relationships.

    Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship ... (Goodreads)

  42. The Midwife of Hope River

    by Patricia Harman
    A midwife in the 1930s Appalachian Mountains navigates poverty, racism, and sexism while delivering babies and finding her own strength.

    A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River , first-time novelist Patricia Harmon ... (Barnes & Noble)

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