Motherhood is a complicated subject. Often riddled with sitcom stereotypes or empowered with empty platitudes, the Great Mystery of Life gets gift-wrapped this weekend for 24 hours of bite-sized Hallmark bliss. And while I will admittedly accept with gratitude a token of Mother’s Day thanks, my thoughts on the concept of parenthood run deeper than any greeting card could print – and use more expletives than would be acceptable for mass consumption. While words may never fully capture the dual nature of Motherhood’s overwhelming love and pain relationship, an outpouring of real life meaning does the job better justice than cardstock. Join the editor of the popular This I Believe series, Dan Gediman, as he presents the latest collection – reflections on motherhood – tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 10th, at Carmichael’s Bookstore.
Offering a snapshot of life from a myriad of maternal perspectives, Gediman’s This I Believe: On Motherhood compiles the thoughts of mothers and children into a keepsake volume of motherly reflection. With essays portraying the real life experiences of all ages, backgrounds and stages, On Motherhood seeks to capture all aspects of the maternal voice – both the losses and pains as well as the love and joys – that resonate with this universal human experience.
Join Gediman at the Carmichael’s Bookstore Frankfort Avenue location in a celebration of the depth, trials and humor that give motherhood its own special flair. Starting at 7pm, Gediman will read selections from On Motherhood and present several of the contributing essayists as their memories are swapped and shared. This I Believe: On Motherhood is on sale now at both Carmichael’s locations for $19.95 in hardcover or for $12.99 as Google eBook. Whether or not you have found the suiting words to express your own thoughts on this relationship, share in the voices of others and offer some thoughts of depth along with your dose of chocolate.
Carmichael’s Bookstore has two area locations: 1295 Bardstown Road and 2720 Frankfort Avenue. For more information, visit the event page or call the Frankfort Avenue store at (502) 896-6950.
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