How Lists Are Created
Books make it onto the recommended list when I read a book that I believe moms and daughters will learn something from, find something important to talk about, or have fun reading.
You’ll find reviews for most of the books listed here; just click on the live link to be taken to a specific review. If a book doesn’t have a review, that means it’s been recommended by a club or a librarian, but I have not had a chance to review it.
Most of the book reviews at Mother Daughter Book Club.com have been written by me, Cindy Hudson. If there’s a guest review, it’s identified. Generally, I recommend books that may be widely available in libraries, but there are exceptions, depending on the topic. I check out books for review from the library, buy them at bookstores, and get them from publishers who send me copies to read. I always give my honest opinion regardless of how I obtain books for review.
My reviews focus more on the issues to discuss in mother-daughter book clubs instead of whether or not I liked the book. In my experience, finding a title that everyone likes is rare, and best-liked books don’t always lead to good discussions. My general philosophy is that if the issues are worth discussing and the book is fairly well written, it’s a good book club choice.
The age recommendations are often my own, and they don’t always reflect publisher recommendations.
Books are listed in the following categories:
- Picture books
- Books for 7 and 8 year olds
- Books for 9 and 10 year olds
- Books for 11 through 13 year olds
- Books for ages 14 and up
- Books for adults
- Books for boys
- Favorite authors
- Books to make you laugh out loud
Questions? Email me at [email protected](dot)com.
No one I know had a closer relationship with their mother than I. Perhaps it was our closeness in age (she was only 23 years older); more likely it was her agelessness. Many of her friends late in life were my age, or even younger. It might have been her divorce when I was young that bound us together at the hip. My book “Pearl’s Party…and you’re invited” delves into how deeply I knew her and how much(as I learned after her death)I didn’t know. It’s not available in bookstores, but you can find it at http://www.createspace.com/5765382. Feel free to contact me for more info or if you want to do an interview.
I am a writer who has been the co-founder of one book club, founder of another, and currently the member of a third, so I feel a strong kinship with your enterprise.
Ida Bell Publishing, LLC, has just published my first book, “An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones.” Born in 1920, this South Carolina sharecropper’s daughter came to New York City in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes. By 1967, she was not only a Harlem activist, but the first black woman in management at a Fortune 500 company, then Standard Brands, now KraftHeinz. This biography of my mother is told mostly in her voice with my voice providing historical context.
It is an American story, a Great Migration story, a New York story, a black family’s story, a mother-daughter story, and the story of a woman’s fight for creativity in the workplace.
Please send me an email if you would like the publisher to send you a copy to review. Keep up your wonderful work growing readers.
All the Best,
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