Challenges of Motherhood
Two authors provide different perspectives on motherhood. In Carolyn Parkhurst's Harmony, the Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until their oldest daughter, who has an undiagnosable condition, is kicked out of the last school in the area. The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both the mother, Alexandra, and her younger daughter Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is a powerful story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector, at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, womenNboth black and whiteNfind themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.