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Book finds for mom

May 9, 2016
MOV Parent

New York Times bestselling author Karen Alpert writes a funny memoir in "I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting" (William Morrow, $19.99.)

After reading on Facebook about all the great things other moms are doing with their kids and looking at Pinterest boards of fancy goodie bags for children's parties, Alpert writes about not perfect parents. Parents who let their kids watch T.V. and eat at fast food restaurants and who somehow get talked into being a Scout leader.

She also writes about trying to multitask, like most moms, and what works and what doesn't. (Blowing your nose while doing laundry doesn't work.) She writes about why she loves her kids' teachers - they take care of them and a whole bunch of other kids all day!

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There is a very funny section about trying to get her daughter to eat carrots (reminds me of a certain picky youngest) and how picky eating can wreck a barbecue.

For moms who want to relax with a funny and relatable (and sometimes crass) book, this is for you!

The coloring book craze continues, and there's a new one just for moms with "My Mother, My Heart" by Eleri Fowler (HarperCollins, $15.99.)

These pen and ink drawings are waiting to be colored as the simple artwork of flowers, butterflies, birds and inspirational quotes will lead to coloring relaxation. This would even be a good gift along with some colored pencils for the mom or grandma in your life.

There is also another new coloring book out that would be great for mom or even high school graduates with, "Wise Words to Color" by Zoe Ingram (HarperCollins, $15.99.) This combines the pen-and-ink drawings and designs with inspirational quotes from Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller and more. So break out the colored pencils and get inspired! - Amy Phelps



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