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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061714429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061714429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexandra Stoddard is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and is an acclaimed philosopher on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books—such as Choosing Happiness, Time Alive, Living a Beautiful Life, Gift of a Letter, Grace Notes, and many more—she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in Stonington Village, Connecticut.

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Author of 27 books, Alexandra Stoddard is sought after as a speaker on the art of living the good life. She has inspired millions of listeners and readers with such books as Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Choosing Happiness, You Are Your Choices, and Time Alive. A mother and grandmother herself, she lives in Stonington Village, Connecticut, with her husband, Peter Brown.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Debra Woods on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This may be Alexandra Stoddard's best book yet. It's a quick and powerful read. I read it in two evenings while highlighting favorite passages to return to and savor. In my experience, most mothering books focus on one of two subjects: modifying children's behavior or chronicling the whines and rants of unhappy moms. In contrast, Alexandra's book acknowledges the challenges involved in raising children while focusing on mentoring mothers in creating a more joyful life for themselves and their children. In her signature style, she writes a book that is down to earth yet eloquent. She does a lovely job of interweaving personal anecdotes with the insights of philosophers and other notable individuals, including Napolean Bonaparte ("Circumstances! I make circumstances). What I love about Alexandra Stoddard's many books is that when I read any one of them, I feel immediately uplifted and inspired to take concrete steps to invite more joy into my life. I have known more happiness as a woman, a mother and a book author because I ran across Alexandra's books in a Houston bookstore more than 20 years ago (the first I read was Living a Beautiful Life). Things Good Mothers Know is sure to be a classic in the literature on motherhood. Happy Reading and Mothering!--Debra Woods, author of It's Okay to Take a Nap: and Other Reassuring Truths for Mothers Everywhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By julieps on February 9, 2012
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The author of this book is very well read, has studied philosophy and has included many wonderful quotes in the book, but that is about all that I got out of the book. Each chapter includes a sentence that starts with "Every good mother knows..." and that is the message of the chapter. However, the content that surrounds that message isn't always coherent with the message. At times the author is very braggadocios and she has tried tirelessly to find a way to make it relevant to the book. For instance, in one chapter where I believe the topic is living a simple, decluttered life she goes into great detail about the success of her husband and getting her husband's law journals accepted into an ivy league law library. Sure, this is a great achievement, I have no idea why it is relevant to being a good mother. I'd be remiss to admit that there is great insight in the book, but it all seems to be from other authors and philosophers. So, at the very least, this is a great book of quotes.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Buck on June 20, 2010
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I purchased "Things Good Mothers Know: A Celebration" as a gift for someone else. She read
the book, and told me that she enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
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