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DMB Reads: What Dayton Mamas are Reading this Fall 2017

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin picking, hayrides and chilly nights spent on the couch with a good book in hand. If you’re looking for your next great read, we’ve got some recommendations for you!

Here’s what the DMB Team has been reading:


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugoby Taylor Jenkins Reid

Recommended by: Kaity

“From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.”

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Recommended by: Mallory

“Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years…When a family crisis forces them to band together the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.”

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

Recommended by: Lisa

“A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.”


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Recommended by: Kim

“With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.”



Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Recommended by: Misty

“Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.”

More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena Miller

Recommended by: Suzanne

“In the tradition of Bringing Up Bebe and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, an in-depth look at the practices and principles of Amish parents and how they raise children who are self-sufficient, hard-working, and remarkably happy.”

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker

Recommended by: Casey

“Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change (“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.

Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle

Recommended by: Sarah

“Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford

Recommended by: Stephanie

“New York Times bestselling author and widely known blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford, reveals nine habits that help you focus on investing in the most significant parts of your life. As your hands, heart, and eyes become open, you will experience a new sense of urgency—an urgency to live, love, dream, connect, create, forgive, and flourish despite the distractions of our culture.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Recommended by: Jenn and Dusty

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

What book are you recommending to Mama friends?

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One Response to DMB Reads: What Dayton Mamas are Reading this Fall 2017

  1. Suzanne Hines November 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    You’d better believe I wrote down all of the ones I didn’t already have on my list! I love reading lists!!!