The Small Carpet Of Flying Miracles
$24.95 June 2009 Penguin
Oy. Hala Jaber, an infertile Lebanese journalist married to an Englishman and living in London, is sent to Iraq to find a 'good orphan'. What she finds, instead, is the story of two girls, 3 years and 2 months, whose entire immediate family is killed in a rocket attack (shocked and awed real good). This incredibly depressing book is the story of these girls, Hala's attempts to take care of them, death, mayhem, and war. And infertility, too. I won't spoil the ending, but the whole tale is heartbreaking, not only for Hala in her infertility, but for the girls and their grandmother and so many others.
The Monsters of Templeton
$14.95 available now
picked up this book because I loved the cover. So sue me. There is a
theme of fertility running throughout the book, but this is perphaps
not what it seems - or maybe it is. Let's just say that if I had been
in a more sensitive frame of mind, I don't think I could have read it
past the first couple of pages...I do, however, recommend sticking with
it. All in all, I've been recommending this book for a good month
now...and my mom liked it too, until she got sidetracked by the new PD
James and Poirot videos.
Real Food for Mother and Baby: Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods
$17 available now
Buy this book. RIGHT NOW. Don't have a baby yet? Doesn't matter. Because you want to eat to support a fetus, right? Of course you do. The sperm need nutrients too. Ye gods, people, if I could pack this book, along with Nourishing Traditions, into the bags of every single woman of child-bearing age, I would. SO MUCH common sense...and damned good science behind it. I of course mocked this book mercilessly until I flipped through a couple of pages, then fell in love with it and married it and now we're in the process of seeing a reproductive endocrinologist together because I want this book's babies. Seriously, I keep coming to tears reading it, nodding my head and doing fist jabs in the air, for it talks about eveyrthing I believe and then backs it up with science stuff, which is totally awesome. Keep in mind I work in a bookstore, I see a lot of crap advice (don't even get me started on vegan food for growing brains) where diet is concerned. And psychology. And philosophy. Sometimes it's hard to put our eyes back in our heads.
Space Between Us - wow, depressing yet uplifting. Sorta.
Three Cups Of Tea - halfway through and loving it
Eat, Pray, Love - enjoyed greatly, she could be too arch for older readers