2017 Wine Country Mama’s “Supah Chill” Book Club

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Hey you, yeah, I’m talking to you…with the week old milk stain on your shirt? Can you grab the attention of that other mama currently raking the sale bin for used soccer cleats in “HOTPINKPLEASEMOM”? May I snag your attention for a second?

Do you feel like amidst the lack of sleep, cold coffee (reheated fifteen times), play date debacles and preschool interviews, you’ve lost a bit of yourself? Does your brain feel a little mushy? Is it hard to remember anything other than the sixteen lullabies you sing at nap time?

But are you also afraid of commiting to #onemorething only to see that the year has passed and all your goals did was collect dust? Are you unsure how much time you have, despite the desperate cloying need to no longer be on the bottom of a human dog-pile?

Then our book club is for you. Let me list why you should join:

1> It’s “Supah Chill”

-No blood oaths (read what you want, skip the rest)

-No mandatory in-person meetings (our Facebook group will hold monthly book chat, live videos)

2> We picked some pretty sexy books (just sayin’)

-Many of our books were recommended by our very own writers (and they have great taste)

-We chose a healthy mix of fiction and non, parenting and personal, self-help and satisfying. Why? Because mama’s don’t live in one box. We are more than just motherhood. (See selections below)

3> We are a pretty fun bunch of people

-there are no sub points to this

-but kudos to you for reading them anyway

Have we piqued your interest? Read about our book club selections below, (grab the first few through our affiliate links –you’ll be directed to Amazon if you click the image–or find them at a local library) and join our private Facebook group to get started!

2017 Book Club Selections

February Selection:: ((History)) Hamilton: The Revolution

Why We Chose It: 

Hamilton is coming to San Francisco in March, let’s read one of our founding fathers and his accomplishments before we see the Broadway play!

Amazon Says: 

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

March Selection:: ((Parenting)) All on One Plate: Cultural Expectations on Modern American Mothers

Why We Chose it:

March is International Women’s History month, so what better time than now, to unpack the duties and roles of American Motherhood?

Amazon Says:

With our high expectations for mothers, it is no wonder that most women in Brown’s study routinely felt pressure and guilt, and many sacrificed their sleep, exercise, or leisure time to manage everything on their plate.  All On One Plate will prompt many conversations, and is relevant for all parents who have children at home. 

April Selection:: ((Self-Help)) The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

Why We Chose It: 

Whether you loved or hated (or skipped altogether) the Art of Decluttering, Joy will pick you up where you are, and help you embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Perfectly timed for Spring Cleaning!

Amazon Says: 

Rather than the “crash diet” approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works in any space—from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house. What’s more, it can be called upon during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing.

May Selection:: ((Fiction)) Nutshell

Why We Chose It: 

Nutshell, from the acclaimed author Ian McEWAN, is a creative escape from the every day perspective, a thriller/myste​ry written from the perspective of a fetus.

Amazon Says:

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John’s not there. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

June Selection: ((Parenting)) The Gardener and the Carpenter

Why We Chose It: 

Kick summer off with a great book about the nature and role of “parentin​g” as we know it in our modern culture. A fantastic book for parents looking to explore and improve their relationships.

Amazon Says:

Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call “parenting” is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong–it’s not just based on bad science, it’s bad for kids and parents, too.

July Selection:: ((Short Stories)) Upstream

Why We Chose It: 

It’s July, you’re running around from pools, to hikes, to beach picnics so stuff this great compilation of short essays by the incomparable Mary Oliver into your beach bag!

Amazon Says: 

Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.

August Selection:: ((Fiction)) Small Great Things

Why We Chose It:

Jodi Picoult unpacks the dangers and consequences of internalized racism in this emotional fiction about a nurse put in an impossible position.

Amazon Says:

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

September Selection:: ((Biography)) The Magnolia Story

 

Why We Chose It: 

We know you’re busy getting those kids into all the fall activities, so enjoy this light and easy read with two of our favorite people: Jo and Chip Gaines.

Amazon Says:

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

October Selection:: ((Fiction)) The Underground Railroad

Why We Chose It:

Currently an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Underground Railroad takes it’s readers on a spooky journey of the imagination, asking us to look deeply into the pain of our past.

Amazon Says:

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

November Selection:: ((Cookbook)) Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Why We Chose It:

It’s time to gather around the table in Harvest and more, Bread and Wine offers recipes and celebration of some of wine country’s favorite things: good food, good wine, and honored company.

Amazon Says:

Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.

December Selection:: ((Self-Help)) Real World Mindfulness

Why We Chose It: 

Put down the Black Friday sales ads and practice some simple and effective mindfulness techniques to help you center yourself during this busy and consuming season.

Amazon Says:

The guidance presented in Real-World Mindfulness for Beginners has been praised by today’s leading voices on mindfulness. Particularly helpful to those who are new to mindfulness, Real-World Mindfulness for Beginners offers knowledge that is easy to understand and techniques that can be applied immediately. Each chapter offers mindfulness practices that are specific to common challenges such as dealing with anxiety and stress, managing anger and hurt, and coping with grief and loss.

We do hope you’ll join us for this low-key reading group! Please note that you are welcome to invite anyone you think might be interested to join our private group, they do not have to be moms, or local to wine country.

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