Books I’ll Be Reading On Maternity Leave (or for everyone else: Books To Read as Fall and Winter Settle In)

By Carol Lischau

By the time this blog posts, I’ll likely have birthed my firstborn daughter. (My insides just jostled thinking about it … and it wasn’t just her stirring around!)

I anticipate long days, long nights, lots of feedings, lots of couch-sitting, lots of hot tea by the bay window, and (hopefully) lots of changing leaves and eventual snowflakes drifting to the front patio.

The lazy half of me wants to pick a new show to watch … the writerly half of me wants to read the books stacked on my desk! (Chances are, I’ll do both.)

So here are the books in my cue. Hope they help you add some artful value to your changing season.

The Spinning Place poems by Chelsea Wagenaar
This may be the book I’ve most anticipated this year! It’ll be forthcoming in November from Southern Indiana Review Press.




Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories by Lauren Groff
I have already read the title story and was absolutely blown away.





Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
I bought this one to read to my daughter when she’s born, but this book is for everyone at every age.




Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel
I loved her short story collection A Guide to Being Born for its haunting and beautiful prose, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.




Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
I know this is a classic, and I hate admitting I haven’t read it yet. But I have only heard wonderful things about Robinson’s debut novel. I love her essays and nonfiction prose as well as her novel Gilead, so I’m eager to pick this one up.


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