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Featured Anthologies for Mom on Mothers Day or Anytime

The Ying and Yang of Moms

Some days I'm sentimental, some days a tiger.  I thought it would be fun to feature two anthologies that explore the polarity of motherhood.  I was fortunate to have had an essay published in each of these anthologies, one about advocating for equal rights for my daughter, another about the sweet act of picking my kindergartener son up from school.  The Maternal is Political is a kick-arse collection of writings from moms on their haunches and in action.   A Cup of Comfort for Mothers celebrates the warmer side of motherhood.  Both collections illustrate vehement acts of maternal love. One could be just right for a Mom you know, but you may find some mom's really need both books this Mothers Day.


Featured Anthology: The Maternal is Political:

Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change

Edited by Shari Mc Donald Strong

Mothers share their political voices to enact widespread, positive social change.

  Women know that having children will change their lives immensely. What some don’t know is that by becoming mothers they will become politically motivated to change the world.


 In The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change Seal Press / June 2008), edited by Shari MacDonald Strong, we hear from women who have experienced a political awakening as an indirect result of giving birth.  These women have discovered that politics is far from irrelevant to child rearing. Having children is a realization that the world is not solely theirs anymore, it is the next generation’s, and to love their kids means to change the state that this world is in.

 The Maternal is Political is organized into three sections, Believe, Teach, and Act. Believe is about having confidence in your personal truths, as Nancy Pelosi expresses in “As a Mother,” in which she encourages mothers to believe in their power to stand up and end the war. The essays in Teach discuss passing on knowledge to others, and we see this in “A Letter to My Daughter at Thirteen,” by Barbara Kingsolver, in which she recalls her own past, what she has learned through her life, and shares her hopes for her daughter’s future. Action is the process of changing what you believe to be unjust, as Benazir Bhutto communicates in “One Day,” where she writes about the demands of her work, traveling often, and being away from her children.                                                

These authors are candid, powerful, and inspiring. They are able to prove that motherhood is a larger task than many realize. It is the task of making the world a better place.


Featured Anthology: A Cup of Comfort for Mothers:

 Stories that celebrate the women who give us everything

Edited by Colleen Sell


Adams Media/March  2010



While the tone of A Cup of Comfort for Mothers: Stories that celebrate the women who give us everything  is softer than our other featured anthology, you'll find all the strength of motherhood expressed in these short essays about maternal experiences. Is your mom your best friend? Or your biggest fan? Your loyal confidante? No matter what she means to you, Mom is always the one you turn to when you need a shoulder to cry on, sound advice, and unconditional love. And there's no better way to pay tribute to the most exceptional woman in your life than with this touching and poignant collection.

Inside, you'll meet fifty mothers, daughters, and sons who celebrate the mother-child bond by sharing heartfelt and personal stories--from tales of new mothers to adult children who are longtime parents themselves before they truly realize the abiding strength of a mother's love.

Featuring narratives by and for mothers, this newest volume in the Cup of Comfort series is the perfect gift to remind her that every day is Mother's Day.



More options for Mom on Mothers Day

Chocolate for a Woman's Soul

June Cotner Anthologies

Ellen Jacob "You're the Best" Collections