A podcast about moms, motherhood and parenting as portrayed in literature.
This week, the Bitches tackled Rachel Yoder's raw, walloping, and divisive Nightbitch. Topics of discussion include Literary fiction, mental load, PPD, being judgmental of other mothers, projecting our own insecurities, creativity and motherhood, and whether children are worth it.
Today's kid book is Miimi Maraal, Mother Earth by Melissa Greenwood
Five Quarters of the Orange
This week, the Bitch Moms present of their long-time favorites: Joanne Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange, a historical novel set in German-occupied France. Topics of discussion include generational differences in parenting, how children can be both terrible and motivating, the stupid insurance-based American healthcare system.
Today's kids book is My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
This week, the Bitch Moms cover Steven Rowley's The Guncle, a book about a semi-retired actor uncle who is tasked with caring for his grieving niblings for a summer. Other topics discussed include children (and spite) as motivators, meeting kids in their weirdness, and the struggle of trying to decide when to take your kid in to the doctor or not.
Kids books include Butterfly Child by March Majewski and The Moon over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston and Jerry Pinkney.
The Red Tent
This week, the Bitch Moms delve into Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, a retelling of the Biblical tale of Jacob/Israel's daughter Dinah, through her eyes.
Topics of discussion include reproductive rights, menstrual syncing, women's worth being tied to fertility, the King James Version, and women's stories lost to history.
Children's book features are Snakes in Space by Kathryn Dennis and A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn and Barbara L. Gibson
Johanna Porter is Not Sorry - With Sara Read
This week, the Bitch Moms welcome Sara Read, author of Johanna Porter is Not Sorry to the show.
Kids' Book features this week are Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin and Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
Topics we hit in this episode: the genre of Women's Fiction, sex, reclaiming yourself after children, "free-range parenting," and how teens get a bad rap.
Educated, Part II
**Note: Due to the length of the book and the discussion it inspired, the episode was split in two. This is the second part.
This week, the Bitches get into Educated, the bestselling memoir by Tara Westover chronicling her journey from the clutches of isolated extremist family to "worldly" PhD wielder.
Topics discussed include: the harms of extremism, and potential harms of isolationism, purity culture and the perpetuation, the education system, the worth of college, and the power of people in your court.
Today's kids book features The Stuff of Stars by Marian Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes and We are Water Protectors by Carol Lindstrom and Michaela Goade.
Funny and interesting
I love how they are very real, but also hilarious. Like, yes, other people’s children are the best birth control! I’ve never thought of it like that.
This is like being in a “real moms” book club.