Memoirs reveal the diverse joys and challenges of parenting.

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

Hillary Whittington

Morrow, Mar.

Whittington and her husband, Jeff, originally shared the story of their child’s transition at age five in a 2014 video that has since been viewed more than seven million times.

Why Can’t We Just Play? What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too Busy

Pam Lobley

Familius, Apr.

Lobley details how her family spent a summer with no scheduled activities, camps, or classes for her children.

Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World

Susan Silverman

Da Capo, Apr.

Silverman, a rabbi and the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, recounts her family’s adoption of two boys from Ethiopia.

Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

Ron Fournier

Harmony, Apr.

The senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal writes of his relationship with his son, Tyler, who has mild Asperger’s syndrome.

Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Christine Gilbert

Avery, May

As a young mother, Gilbert, who blogs at Almost Fearless, uprooted her family to travel around the world.

Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back

Elisha Cooper

Pantheon, June

Children’s book author and illustrator Cooper, who wrote about the first year of fatherhood in his 2006 memoir, Crawling, here chronicles how life changed for his family when his then-five-year-old daughter fell ill.

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