Sunday, May 10, 2009

End of a Busy Day!



"M" is for
Mothers and Memoirs
Here are two of the
best this year!

Love, Mom:
Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home
by Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose

SYNOPSIS from Hyperion Books

Sweet, funny, endearing, slightly technologically inept, and always just a little nagging, emails from mothers to their adult children are much more fun to read when it’s somebody else’s mother. is proof of that—when it launched, this repository of reader-submitted missives from Mom received more than 100,000 unique visitors in just the first two weeks. In Love, Mom, editors Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose have assembled more than two hundred of the best never-before-seen submissions.

From school, sex, technology, and appearance to health, work, holidays, and food—and complete with a selection of celebrity emails (including Oscar-winner Diablo Cody’s mom on her daughter’s “blob”), and sidebars throughout—Love, Mom is ultimately a reflection on how our moms are always our moms . . . no matter how the message is sent.

Always Looking Up:

The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

by Michael J. Fox

Synopsis from Hyperion Books

There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Michael’s exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time–and the inspiration–to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all.

The last ten years, which is really the stuff of this book, began with such a loss: my retirement from Spin City. I found myself struggling with a strange new dynamic: the shifting of public and private personas. I had been Mike the actor, then Mike the actor with PD. Now was I just Mike with PD? Parkinson’s had consumed my career and, in a sense, had become my career. But where did all of this leave Me? I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old one.

Always Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael’s life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson’s.

With the humor and wit that captivated fans of his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

Watch for my reviews, interviews, and giveaway in the coming days!


bermudaonion said...

I adore the picture of the puppy!

Wrighty said...

Aw, what a sweet puppy dog! Thanks so much for the contest win! I replied to your email.

These books both sound so good! I haven't heard of Love, Mom before but I can just imagine those emails. I've seen Michael J. Fox on a few shows promoting his book and he really is an incredible optimist. How amazing.

I hope you had a happy Mother's Day and I look forward to more of your contests!

Pissenlit said...

I'm with bermudaonion on the doggie picture. :)

Oh, I didn't know Michael J. Fox had a book coming out! I remember watching him on Family Ties as Alex P. Keaton...there might've been a crush involved, way back then...*cough*. :)