Home Cooking
by Laurie Colwin
Harper Perennial Library
Part memoir, part cookbook, this delightful discourse on food and family life is as warm and welcoming as a fresh-baked loaf of bread (recipe included). Colwin, who lamentably died young, was a mother, novelist, and essayist for Gourmet.

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Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul
by Jack Canfield (ed.), Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff
Health Communications

Get out your handkerchiefs--this panegyric to maternal love, devotion, and wisdom may be the most touching entry in the wildly popular series.

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No Greater Love: Being an Extraordinary Mom
by Loren Slocum
Golden Books

Slocum's book is a relaxing antidote to baby-care and child-development books--an appreciation of motherhood as a learning experience and kids as spiritual teachers. Inspiring text and celebratory black-and-white photos help moms slow down and be present with their children.

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