Abby's Book Corner
The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook
By: Ariele Schwartz, PhD
For those of us who have experienced trauma, in addition to talking about it, having a guidebook with effective exercises and prompts to work through the trauma at our own pace can be extra helpful! Buy here!
Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts
By: Karen Kleiman, MSW
Sometimes, scary thoughts can creep into our minds when we least expect them. In this illustrated book, those scary thoughts are normalized so that moms don’t feel so alone in this process. Buy here!
It Starts with the Egg
By: Rebecca Fett
Fertility challenges can often feel isolating and as if there’s nothing you can do about it. This book provides evidence based plans to improve fertility for everyone, whether they will use ART, have PCOS, or are just hoping to increase odds of conception. Buy here!
By: Emily Oster
I love this book because it uses data to pull back the curtain on fear-based parenting for baby and toddlers. Oster uses statistics and science to break down popular parenting concerns which allows parents to approach raising kids from a well-informed position. Buy here!
By: Emily Oster
I read this book twice! It debunks a lot of the common myths about what to do and what not to do during pregnancy, fighting fear with science. Buy here!
The Family Firm
By: Emily Oster
When raising school-aged kids, we all have questions, but everyone gives different answers. In The Family Firm, Oster provides scientific research on many of the bigger decisions we must make regarding school, diet, screen time, etc. She pulls back the fear curtain by shining statistics on the questions. Buy here!
By: Eve Rodsky
Moms typically become the default parent. It’s the way society was built. But what if there is a better way that gives parents more equity in the family? Eve Rodsky provides data and an actionable model on how this is not only possible, but imperative for the wellbeing of families. Buy here!
By: Martin Seligman
Martin Seligman is the father of Positive Psychology and someone I have learned from over the past decade. His accessible, not too jargon-y, book on authentic happiness has been instrumental in my own life, and a must read for those looking to maximize their wellbeing. Buy here!
By: Catherine Belknap & Natalie Telfer
Cat and Nat bring humor and delight to the sometimes less humorous aspects of motherhood. But the reason I love this book as much a I do, is because throughout the book, Cat and Nat convey how vital having a community of mothers is to maternal wellbeing. Buy here!
You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom
By: Leslie Anne Bruce
In her refreshing and honest way, Leslie Bruce helps moms realize that they don’t have to do it all-all the time. Letting go of guilt opens up space for so much joy in parenthood, and Bruce conveys this with her signature potty mouth and sense of humor. Buy here!
The Trying Game
By: Amy Klein
Amy Klein offers a refreshing take on fertility challenges and data in her book, The Trying Game. There are often so many opinions and options, that having the science broken down for us is helpful in choosing the right paths, but she also offers a sense of solidarity to the reader during a time that can feel so incredibly lonely. Buy here!
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
By: Tara Schuster
Tara Schuster offers a different perspective on self-care and how to create a life you love. I come back to this book time and again to take from it what I need when I’m feeling stuck or uninspired. Buy here!