[amazon asin=0399163794&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Alison Buckholtz, author of Standing By.
Topic: The making of an American military family in a time of war.
Issues: Adjusting to the unfamiliar (and sometimes unwelcome) role of military wife; the quiet battle military spouses wage to hold their families together during a loved one’s deployment; challenging one’s assumptions about military, motherhood, and even American citizenship.
[amazon asin=0470401826&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Michael Gurian, author of The Purpose of Boys.
Topic: Helping our sons find meaning, significance, and direction in their lives.
Issues: What is purpose and why do we need one? How boys and girls develop purpose differently; how the loss of purpose in American boyhood is affecting families, women, and society as a whole.
[amazon asin=B002UXRZJ4&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Dara Chadwick, author of You’d Be So Pretty If…
Topic: Teaching our daughters to love their bodies—even when we don’t love our own
Issues: What girls learn from mom’s attitudes about appearance; trigger words that set off a body image crisis; boys’ role in girls’ body image; what works and what doesn’t when talking to your daughter about healthy eating and exercise habits