Every mom deserves something special on Mother's Day.
We can't fix you breakfast in bed or drop by with coffee and muffins
though here's hoping someone in your life does! - but we can serve up
a radio show. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge stories by
and for and about mothers. What do women want to say to each other about
what it's like to be a mom.
Poet Frances Richey calls her latest collection
"The Warrior A Mother's Story of a Son at War." The
poet and her soldier son, Ben, visit with Jim Fleming and talk about
her work and how it affected her son and his unit while he was on the
front line in Iraq. Also, Isabel Allende talks with Anne Strainchamps
about "The Sum of Our Days." It's Allende's fourth memoir,
and takes the form of a letter to her deceased daughter, Paula. Allende
talks about her extended, "tribal" family and how writing
helped her contain her grief over Paula's death.
Amanda Henry provides a commentary on the rocky
road to motherhood. Also, Rachel Pastan reads from and talks
with Steve Paulson about her novel "Lady of the Snakes." The
book concerns a young professor of 19th century Russian literature confronted
with combining her professional life and motherhood.
Jeanne Birdsall began writing at age 41. Her
first novel became an instant classic. Now "The Penderwicks"
has a sequel: "The Penderwicks on Gardam Street." Birdsall
tells Anne Strainchamps her own childhood was less than idyllic and
she escaped into books, so that was the kind of book she wanted to write.
She also tells us a bit about the four Penderwick sisters, their clueless
dad and goofy dog, Hound.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-05-11-A.
- Mockingbird, sung
by Melissa Errico. The CD is Lullabies and Wildflowers.
The Language of Water, on David Rothenbergs
CD, Why Birds Sing. (Terra Nova Music; www.whybirdssing.com)
Kumbaya, Paul Hanson and Tracy Silverman,
on the anthology On a Starry Night. (Windham Hill Records
Cancion de Cuna, Eliot Fisk, from the
Bayushky Bayu, Debbra, Margot and Noah
Schwartz with Sunita Staneslow, from the same CD.
Selections from The Penderwicks on Gardam Street,
read by Susan Denaker audiobook produced by The Listening Library
The Fjords of Oslo, on the CD Little
Worlds by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (Columbia Records; www.flecktones.com)
Oddball, on Leo Kottkes CD, Thats
What. (Private Music 1990)
Wildflowers, on the Melissa Errico CD,
Lullabies and Wildflowers. (see above)
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