May 2019: A Month to Recognize Moms of All Kinds

May 2019

A Month to Recognize Moms of All Kinds

 

This e-mail is being sent out after the one-day celebration of mothers, Sunday, May 12. However, the whole month can serve as a time to recognize the role mothers play in our lives. In addition, we can expand the definition of "mother" to include those who are not necessarily our biological mothers; for example, animals also display maternal emotions similar to the emotions we recognize in humans. The Eight Cousins staff has selected books that celebrate or define motherhood in its many and diverse forms. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte in Charlotte's Web is certainly a "motherly" character. She looks after, and saves, Wilbur--"some pig"! She is wise beyond her years, even for a spider. And although we lose Charlotte in the end, she becomes an actual mother, and leaves behind a pack of little Charlottes to carry on her legacy.   ~Emily

 

 

Marmee, in Little Women, is the March girls beloved mother. She is the glue that holds the family together when Mr. March is away during the Civil War. Strong and practical, Marmee is the person the family turns to in times of strife, or just for general advice. She is the epitome of idealized motherhood.   ~Lindsay

 

 

 

Author Helen Philips confronts the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence. Laura van den Berg has described The Need as "an existential page-turner that captures, with perfect sharpness, the fierce delirium of motherhood."   ~Joanne

 

 

Jasmine Toguchi is the creation of author Debbi Michiko Florence and the title character in a new popular series for emerging readers. InDrummer Girl, Jasmine hopes to enter the school's talent show--but what is her talent?

Jasmine's mom comes to the rescue and introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum. Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right, and the story takes off.   ~Audrie

 

Author Frans De Waal has spent his career observing animals. Although Mama's Last Hug studies all emotions that animals experience, it is Mama, the matriarch chimpanzee, who garners much attention.      

In an emotional scene, Mama, as she lay dying, hugged and patted the back of a man who had been her friend for almost 40 years--a reassuring and very human, motherly gesture.   ~Mary Fran

 

Celebrating moms, mommies, mamas, and families, this new board book by Michael Joosten and illustrated by Izak Zenou is an adorable addition to first libraries. Look for the My Two Dads and Me companion title on the Father's Day display!   ~Sara

 

 


 


 

Beyond One Celebratory Day

 

Nicholas Kristof's op-ed column in the May 12 New York Times, "For Mother's Day, Save Women's Lives," was a call to action. Kristof declares: "I can't think of any group of people more selfless and loving than mothers. But this celebration of motherhood is also hypocritical. For all our rhetoric, we routinely fail mothers here in the U.S. and around the world." Pretty strong words! What could an independent bookstore do to address such a huge issue?

As it turns out, Eight Cousins does have programs in place designed to assist mothers (fathers, too!). Sara Hines is part of a program for new and expectant parents at Falmouth Hospital, where she explains the importance of reading to babies from day one.

Eight Cousins has another year-round program: The Giving Tree First Library. In partnership with The Coalition for Children, Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Cod WIC, and you, we sponsor libraries for local children ages 0-3 for one year. With a donation of $100, one child will receive a book a month for one year. Eight Cousins selects and delivers books each month from January - December. 

Research has shown that reading to children ages 0-3 benefits language skills, brain development, socialization, numeracy, critical thinking, behavior, empathy. 

"What happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child's life." (Reach Out and Read)

"Reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills." (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Give a gift that will grow for life and support mothers and fathers in their child's development during the first critical years. This is an annual program, so right now we can't accept new donors. We invite you to join the First Library as the the new year approaches.  If you have any questions or would like information about The Giving Tree First Library, please email us at books@eightcousins.com.

 


 

Join the PBS NewsHour/New York Times monthly book club, Now Read This


It's easy! Just follow the link below and join the group. Each month, the PBS NewsHour/NYTimes book club, Now Read This, selects a book for discussion. The book for May is An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn. 

During the month, there is information about the selected book and its author online. Readers are encouraged to submit questions to the author, some of which will be aired on the PBS NewsHour at the end of each month.

Click here for more information.

 


 

We're Excited About These New Books on Our Shelves!

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Available in Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic Bookshelf) Cover Image
By Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439598422
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2004

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780064431781
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064400558
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

Little Women Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Editor), Elaine Showalter (Introduction by), Siobhán Kilfeather (Notes by), Vinca Showalter (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780140390698
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - January 1st, 1989

The Need Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982113162
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308360
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 3rd, 2018

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635065
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

My Two Moms and Me Cover Image
By Michael Joosten, Izak Zenou (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525580126
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862822
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101980286
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

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The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250110251
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393634747
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501168680
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: On Our Shelves. PLEASE call 508.548.5548 to confirm.
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780735218765
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 9th, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019