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Pryor, Liz

Summary: Chicago, 1979. Halfway through her senior year of high school, Pryor discovers that she is pregnant-- a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever. Driving across three states, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers but is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 PRY

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B PRYOR

Giles, Nyna

Summary: Gile's childhood had been spent in doctor's offices; she spent nearly every waking moment at her mother's side. As Nyna grew up, her mother became more and more distant. Carolyn Scott Reybold had been a model in 1947, a friend of Grace Kelly, and even a bridesmaid at her wedding. How had that confident, glamorous woman become the mother Giles knew growing up-- the mother who was now living in a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 GILES, NYNA GIL

Austin, Nefertiti

Summary: "When Nefertiti Austin, a single African-American woman, decided to adopt two black children through the foster system, she was unprepared for the fact that there is no place for black women in the 'mommy wars.' Austin set off on her path with no place to seek guidance from others who looked like her or shared her experience. She soon realized that she would not only have to navigate skepticism...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Sourcebooks 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 AUSTIN, NEFERTITI AUS

Thorpe, Helen

Summary: Describes the experiences of three women soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq to reveal how their military service has affected their friendship, personal lives and families, detailing the realities of their work on bases and in war zones and how their choices and losses shaped their perspectives.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 THO

Chua, Amy.

Summary: Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother's exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.874 CHU

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.874 Chua 2011

Dufu, Tiffany

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: "A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women's leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Flatiron Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 DUFU, TIFFANY DUF

Slater, Lauren.

Summary: "Lauren Slater's rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. Boldly honest, these biographical pieces reveal Slater at her wittiest and most deeply personal. She describes her journey from fiercely independent...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2013

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SLATER, LAUREN SLA

Land, Stephanie

3 holds on 3 copies

Summary: Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, took classes online to earn a college degree. And she wrote relentlessly: true stories of overworked and underpaid Americans; of living on food stamps and WIC coupons. Here...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Hachette Books 2019

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Parravani, Christa

Summary: "A stressed family, an unplanned pregnancy, and a painful, if liberating, awakening from the author of the lauded memoir Her. Loved and Wanted is the passionate story of a woman's love for her children, and a poignant and bracing look at the difficult choices women in America are forced to make every day, in a nation where policies and a cultural war on women leave them without sufficient...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 PARRAVANI, CHRISTA PAR

Crawford, Christina

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Publisher / Publication Date: D.I. Fine 1988

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 CRA

Oxford, Kelly.

Summary: A memoir from the Canadian-born author, screenwriter, social media blogger and stay-at-home mom.

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Publisher / Publication Date: It Books 2013

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B OXFORD OXF

Lillibridge, Lara

Summary: “The story everyone wants to hear isn’t the story I want to tell.” Lara Lillibridge grew up with two moms—an experience that shaped and scarred her at the same time. Told from the perspective of “Girl,” Lillibridge’s memoir is the no-holds-barred account of childhood in an unconventional household. Personally less concerned with her mother’s sexuality and more with how she fits into a world...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Skyhorse Publishing 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 LILLIBRIDGE, LARA LIL

Mehra, Nishta

Summary: Essays describe how the author's experiences as an Indian American, the wife of a white Christian woman, and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MEHRA, NISHTA MEH

Forman, Vicki.

Summary: Vicki Forman gave birth to Evan and Ellie, weighing just a pound at birth, at twenty-three weeks' gestation. During the delivery she begged the doctors to "let her babies go" -- she knew all too well that at twenty-three weeks they could very well die and, if they survived, they would face a high risk of permanent disabilities. However, California law demanded resuscitation. Her daughter died...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 618 FOR

Kuzmič, Kristina

Summary: "The inspiring and hilarious true story of how a single mother found the strength to transform her life and become the person--and parent--she could admire, revealing the tips and advice that empowered her Kristina Kuzmic has made herself a household name, speaking directly to mothers from the trenches of parenthood via her viral videos and social media presence. She's now bringing her message...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Viking Life 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 KUZMI, KRISTINA KUZ

Messer, Leah

Summary: "Leah was first thrust under the reality television microscope when her teen pregnancy was documented on MTV's groundbreaking series, 16 and Pregnant. Since then, fans of Teen Mom 2 have watched her life play out on the small screen--from her struggle to rise to the challenges of motherhood, through her harrowing journey to find a diagnosis for one of her twin girls with a rare form of muscular...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Post Hill Press 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 Messer 2020

House, Cindy

Summary: Told in essays and graphic-narrative shorts, this memoir illustrates the author's struggles with addiction and motherhood and her ongoing efforts to reconcile the two, capturing the desire to look hopefully forward, while acknowledging the darkness of the past.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books 2022

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 921 HOUSE, CINDY HOU

Nielson, Stephanie

Summary: Details how the author survived a horrific plane crash that left her with third degree burns over eighty percent of her body and learned to embrace the power of love, motherhood, community, faith, and the simple joys of everyday life.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Voice/Hyperion 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 NIELSON, STEPHANIE NIE

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 Nielson 2012

Baker, Laura Jean

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: "With the birth of her first child, soon-to-be professor Laura Jean Baker finds herself electrified by oxytocin, the "love hormone"--the first effective antidote to her lifelong depression. Over the next eight years, her "oxy" cravings, and her family, only grow--to the dismay of her husband, Ryan, a freelance public defender. As her reckless baby-making threatens her family's middle-class...

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Publisher / Publication Date: The Experiment 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BAKER, LAURA JEAN BAK

Riggs, Nina

Summary: "Built on her wildly popular Modern Love column, 'When a Couch is More Than a Couch' (9/23/2016), a breathtaking memoir of living meaningfully with 'death in the room' by the 38 year old great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, mother to two young boys, wife of 16 years, after her terminal cancer diagnosis"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 RIGGS, NINA RIG

Mahmoody, Betty.

Summary: The author describes her cultural readjustment to America after escaping from Iran with her daughter, her fear of her husband's revenge, and her frustration with a legal system unable to offer her protection.

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 1992

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.4 MAH

Kennedy, Michelle.

Summary: "Michelle Kennedy had a typical middle-class American childhood in Vermont. She attended college, interned for the U.S. Senate, married her high school sweetheart, and settled in the suburbs of D.C. But the comfortable life she was building quickly fell apart. At age twenty-four Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children. She waitressed night...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Viking Penguin 2005

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.87 KEN

Pottker, Janice.

Summary: An analysis of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her mother-in-law offers insight into Sara Delano Roosevelt's influence on Eleanor's achievements and Eleanor's role in the misperceptions surrounding their relationship.

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2004

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 POT

Julavits, Heidi

Summary: "Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary. Decades later she found her old diaries in a storage bin, and hoped to discover the early evidence of the person (and writer) she'd since become. Instead, 'The actual diaries revealed me to possess the mind of a paranoid tax auditor.' The entries are daily chronicles of anxieties about grades, looks, boys, and popularity. After reading the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Doubleday 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JULAVITS, HEIDI JUL

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