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Beach reading for busy moms

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NO, I'm not going to assign Euripides in the original ancient Greek. I've got three easy breezy beach reads to recommend.

My favorite comes from a familiar writer, Alison Pace. I just finished her third novel, Through Thick and Thin.

The novel follows sisters, Meredith and Stephanie, as they navigate the waters of sibling discontent. Meredith has a fabulous job in Manhattan as a food critic. Her life is a whirlwind of five star dining experiences and office drama. Stephanie fills her day caring for her baby daughter and playing wife in her suburban New Jersey home. You guessed it: jealousy rears it's ugly head as each suffers from "grass is greener" syndrome.

When they aren't dancing around their differences, the sisters share a goal--shedding some of their excess weight. When hunger sets in, tensions rise and the sisters start clawing at each other. Pace pens a lovely story. Her writing is honest and polished--this isn't your average toss-away chick-lit. You'll actually want to pass this along to a friend...or maybe a sister.

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mommy mantras

I’ve got another great gift idea–Mommy Mantras. The book was released a couple years ago, but boy does it still resonate. And you don’t have to be a yogi to appreciate the simple wisdom of this book. Authors, Bethany Casarjian and Dian Dillon, come from a place of common sense and honesty. Favorite mantras include:

Surrender to the Goat–basically meaning give in to the whims of your toddler. For my daughter, this means endless readings of Block City and a fascination with one a particular sippy cup.

Wiping the Slate Clean–Practice a nightly forgiveness ritual of yourself and of your child. Start each day fresh.

Tuck this tiny book at your bedside or in the bathroom and read a chapter when you need a quick pep-talk. Also makes a great shower gift!

Happy Reading!

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