The list author says: "This list was created while I was "on special assignment." It includes new releases and recommendations from friends. It seems that most of them have to do with mothers. Oh mother!"
"It's hard enough growing up, but Rachel must deal with heart-ache, tragedy and a bi-racial identity that no one taught her how to maneuver. The characters and story are compelling. A good and quick read."
"Room. Wardrobe. Outer Space. The 5 year old narrator, Jack, has only ever known the 11x11 shed where he lives with his Ma. Ma was kidnapped and raped repeatedly and continually by Old Nick. She creates an entire world for her son, which includes math, reading, hygiene, art, sports--everything a typical child would need. Can they escape? And if so, how will Jack fair? Great read!"
"If you want to be depressed and astonished, this book is for you! A London woman writes an open letter to Osama bin Laden after Al Qaeda blows up a soccer stadium during a match that her son and husband were attending. Wow! And yet, the narrator is funny and smart in her observations and her heart-break. Proceed with caution."
"A story about a mother struggling with her teenage daughter in terms of attitude, drug use, and impending move to college. The daughter also struggles with her love of her mother and her desire for independence. The struggles feel very true to life though I did not like the characterization of the daughter. If you have been a mother or a daughter, you already know this story."