August 29, 2019

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Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument. "Pearl-ah, have to go, no choice," my mother said when she phoned last week.
Beneath My Mother's Feet
Amjed Qamar

Beneath My Mother's Feet

By: Amjed Qamar
Recommended for grade(s): 7

"Our lives will always be in the hands of our mothers, whether we like it or not." Nazia doesn't mind when her friends tease and call her a good beti, a dutiful daughter. Growing up in a working-class family in Karachi, Pakistan, Nazia knows that obedience is the least she can give to her mother, who has spent years saving and preparing for her dowry. But every daughter must grow up, and for fourteen-year-old Nazia that day arrives suddenly when her father gets into an accident at work, and her family finds themselves without money for rent or food. Being the beti that she is, Nazia drops out of school to help her mother clean houses, all the while wondering when she managed to lose control of her life that had been full of friends and school. Working as a maid is a shameful obligation that could be detrimental to her future -- after all, no one wants a housekeeper for a daughter-in-law. As Nazia finds herself growing up much too quickly, the lessons of hardship that seem unbearable turn out to be a lot more liberating than she ever imagined. -- From Simon and Schuster

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The Kitchen God's Wife
Amy Tan

The Kitchen God's Wife

By: Amy Tan
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events tha led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Pearl: A Novel
Jo Knowles

Pearl: A Novel

By: Jo Knowles
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry's mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean's mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean's beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household. Gus's death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean's relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love. --from Henry Holt and Company.

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Mother, Mother: A Novel
Koren Zailckas

Mother, Mother: A Novel

By: Koren Zailckas
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

The disturbing fate of a runaway older sister is gradually revealed in a tale told from the perspectives of the Hurst family, including a teen girl whose hallucinogen use has landed her in a mental ward, an autistic youth who is regressing into his own world, a workaholic and alcoholic father and an insidiously manipulative mother. -- From Crown

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