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Books & Blogs

More bloggers are writing books and vice versa – it’s a nice combination. And more bloggers are being approached to review the books.

Last night, I attended a launch party with other members of the media and tech companies, sponsored by the Horn Group for Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff’s new book, Groundswell. Li and Bernoff are Forrester analysts and Li is a contributing writer for the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. I’m really looking forward to reading this book – it shows companies how to utilize social networking tools for their benefit.

The next book I’ve been given to review via the MOMocrats is Arianna Huffington’s Right is Wrong. I love the subtitle: “How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe (And What You Need to Know to End the Madness)”. Nice way to hone in on your audience… Here’s one way I know to end the madness without reading all 331 pages: vote for Obama. Seriously though, she did some hefty research for this book – the source notes alone are impressive. I enjoyed On Becoming Fearless and although this is a totally different kind of book, Huffington’s writing is always witty and interesting, whether you agree with her or not.

The other book I look forward to perusing is Writing Motherhood, by Lisa Garrigues. On first glance, it looks like a combination memoir and instruction manual for moms to hold onto a) themselves, b) the precious moments with their (our) little ones, and c) their careers through writing. After just finishing Writer Mama by Christina Katz, this should be an interesting contrast. Writer Mama is a primer for making freelancing work while parenting. As a fairly experienced writer, I already knew most of what was in that book, but it has some fabulous resources that I was able to compile into a comprehensive list.

In other news, I met Kathleen Sebelius on Friday. Here’s the full report from that.