Charlotte Today: Celebrating parenthood

Library Branch Channel Leader and Interim Director of Libraries, Dana Eure, made a guest appearance on WCNC's Charlotte Today on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and shared six titles on celebrating parenthood. Click here to search the titles.

The Cactus

by Sarah Haywood 

For Susan Green, messy emotions don't fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic and an 'interpersonal arrangement' that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. When she learns that her mother's will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan's already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As Susan's due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places. 

One Day You'll Thank Me

Lessons From An Unexpected Fatherhood

by David McGlynn 

Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession - the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he'd moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he's doing the right thing - but he's never quite sure. One Day You'll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into "life lessons" about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters, many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times, Men's Health, Parents, Real Simple and O, The Oprah Magazine, the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad. 

Everything Is Mama

by Jimmy Fallon

Everything is...MAMA! Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's Tonight Show host, was on a mission with his first children's book to have every baby's first word be DADA. And it worked! A lot of babies' first words were DADA. However, everything after that was MAMA. So, take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities. 

I've Loved You Since Forever

by Hoda Kotb 

I've Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb's heart-warming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy. With Kotb's lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again. In the universe, there was you and there was me, waiting for the day our stars would meet P

Papasaurus

by Stephan Lomp

Babysaurus loves to play hide-and-seek in the jungle with his Papasaurus, but one day Papasaurus hides and Baby cannot find him -- so he asks the other dinosaurs, Stego, Anky, Velo and others, for help finding his father.

Moxie

A Novel

by Jennifer Mathieu

Punk rock zines inspire a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice. MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK! Vivian Carter's mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, she takes a page from her mom's past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. Viv is just blowing off steam, but before she knows it, she's started a revolution. This novel offers everything fans love about Mathieu's writing -- a relatable protagonist with a distinct voice, a conflict relevant to current events and, ultimately, a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.