Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces

Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies? dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, and Jenny Lawson. Some women are born mothers, some achieve motherhood, others have motherhood thrust upon them. Dawn Davies is in the third category. A six-foot-tall divorcee, she isn?t chatty, couldn?t care less about anyone?s potty training progress, doesn?t care to sha Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies? dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, an...

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Title:Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces
Author:Dawn Davies
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:125013370X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces Reviews

  • Justin
    Mar 12, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

  • Carin
    Jan 23, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

  • Anne Marie
    Feb 21, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

    This book isn't a funny or happy go lucky memoir. Rather, this book is at times funny, at times heart-breaking, at times hard to read, and always very real. It is a memoir about those times and struggles that we all go through, and those times you dearly hope no one you love ever has t...

    Mothers of Sparta is a series of essays that form a memoir. Dawn Davies offers glimpses into her life at various crucial moments. Some funny incidents are included, but overall the tone is of despair, anger, loneliness and frustration. Davies writes in both the first and second person,...

    This book left me conflicted about whether or not I liked it. There were a few stories, such as the one where the author walks with her date along a road and witnesses a deadly car crash, that really made me think. That story was actually so moving that it made me cry. There was anothe...

    This is the book about motherhood that you don't even have to be a mother to appreciate. I mean if Tim O'Brien sings its praises she must have something here. Her writing on pregnancy is refreshingly unsentimental, specific and universal. Her writing on post-op pain killers will change...

  • Ruthie
    Oct 10, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

    This book isn't a funny or happy go lucky memoir. Rather, this book is at times funny, at times heart-breaking, at times hard to read, and always very real. It is a memoir about those times and struggles that we all go through, and those times you dearly hope no one you love ever has t...

    Mothers of Sparta is a series of essays that form a memoir. Dawn Davies offers glimpses into her life at various crucial moments. Some funny incidents are included, but overall the tone is of despair, anger, loneliness and frustration. Davies writes in both the first and second person,...

  • Elizabeth
    Oct 18, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

  • Cheryl
    Jan 15, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

  • Karyl
    Feb 27, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

  • Lisa  Keegan
    May 04, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

  • Kathy
    Sep 07, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

  • Selena
    Oct 22, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

  • Tonstant Weader
    Jan 18, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

  • Christie
    Nov 13, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

  • Lynne
    Oct 07, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

  • Cindy
    Mar 14, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

  • Laura Schrillo
    Dec 26, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

  • Jessica
    Nov 22, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

  • Kenzee
    Apr 11, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

  • Lindsey
    Jan 12, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

  • Megan C.
    Feb 27, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

  • Dawn Wells
    Mar 22, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

  • olga-maria
    May 28, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

  • Helois
    Feb 11, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

  • Leah
    Sep 09, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

    This book isn't a funny or happy go lucky memoir. Rather, this book is at times funny, at times heart-breaking, at times hard to read, and always very real. It is a memoir about those times and struggles that we all go through, and those times you dearly hope no one you love ever has t...

  • Amy Morgan
    Aug 13, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

  • Virginia Macgregor
    Apr 13, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

  • Merry Miller moon
    Dec 06, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

  • Oreoandlucy
    Apr 21, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

    This book isn't a funny or happy go lucky memoir. Rather, this book is at times funny, at times heart-breaking, at times hard to read, and always very real. It is a memoir about those times and struggles that we all go through, and those times you dearly hope no one you love ever has t...

    Mothers of Sparta is a series of essays that form a memoir. Dawn Davies offers glimpses into her life at various crucial moments. Some funny incidents are included, but overall the tone is of despair, anger, loneliness and frustration. Davies writes in both the first and second person,...

    This book left me conflicted about whether or not I liked it. There were a few stories, such as the one where the author walks with her date along a road and witnesses a deadly car crash, that really made me think. That story was actually so moving that it made me cry. There was anothe...

  • Ruth Woodman York
    Nov 15, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

  • Benjamin Bookman
    Jan 05, 2018

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...

    I was deeply affected by Dawn Davies's collection of biographical essays. I'm a single mom. Full stop. My child's father hasn't seen her since she was 6 weeks old, he has never given me any financial support, my parents live 5 1/2 hours away, and I have no other family in my city. I wo...

    Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a ?memoir in pieces,? an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of Davies? maternal love, th...

    This book wasn't, in fact, a memoir, but instead a series of personal essays written by a woman who has not had an easy life. Although well written, the essays were not at all cohesive in nature. Some were comical while others were dramatic, and others still were serious cries for help...

    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* Ugh. I'm torn with this book. There are parts of it that are really interesting and well-written. But then there are sections, like the first chapter for example, that are legitimately painful to get through. I almost put it down right then ...

    So this is more of a 3.5 star book for me, but I'm going to round up. I really enjoyed diving into the author's life, at different stages, through some really lovely writing. Although I'm not a mother and didn't connect directly to the author's experiences in motherhood, I appreciated ...

    A memoir, that reads more like a collection of personal essays or diary entries from different points in the author's life, giving more of a kaleidoscope view of life rather than an actual time line. Which, can possibly be confusing for some. I personally love it, but could see that so...

    This book isn't a funny or happy go lucky memoir. Rather, this book is at times funny, at times heart-breaking, at times hard to read, and always very real. It is a memoir about those times and struggles that we all go through, and those times you dearly hope no one you love ever has t...

    Mothers of Sparta is a series of essays that form a memoir. Dawn Davies offers glimpses into her life at various crucial moments. Some funny incidents are included, but overall the tone is of despair, anger, loneliness and frustration. Davies writes in both the first and second person,...

    This book left me conflicted about whether or not I liked it. There were a few stories, such as the one where the author walks with her date along a road and witnesses a deadly car crash, that really made me think. That story was actually so moving that it made me cry. There was anothe...

    This is the book about motherhood that you don't even have to be a mother to appreciate. I mean if Tim O'Brien sings its praises she must have something here. Her writing on pregnancy is refreshingly unsentimental, specific and universal. Her writing on post-op pain killers will change...

    Wow. This book took some turns. No spoilers, I promise, but the chapter that forms the basis for the title is a clear game changer. At first I was a little annoyed that so much was left for the very end, but I have come to realize that it was in a way probably for the best. Not only fo...

  • Nicole Wagner
    Nov 10, 2017

    I received a free ARC copy of Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies from Goodreads for my honest review. Mothers of Sparta is a collection of sad and funny personal essays that define Dawn Davies' life. This is a very different book and although I did find it very sad, it is brilliantly wri...

    This is the first book I have read that both wrenches your gut with heartbreak and makes you laugh out loud at the humor at the same time. Dawn Davies reveals her life in graphic detail, all her most intimate thoughts on childbirth, divorce, raising a blended family and a life full of ...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Mothers of Sparta was an engaging and entertaining read. Dawn Davies tells the story of her life from her childhood that was not made easy as she moved towns every couple of years and never seemed to quite fit in - whether it was ...

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ **Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.** Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie jus...

    Praise for an amazing book written by a mom with a child with brain injury. ...

    I have a great deal of time for writers who write honestly about motherhood. Well, about life, really. And for those who write beautifully too; I have a weak spot for writing that straddles the line between prose and poetry. Dawn Davies does both these things (writes honesty; writes be...

    I've been reading this one each night before bed and I'm LOVING it. It's a collection of essays encompassing the author's life, from childhood to the present day, and it can easily be read straight through or in smaller, separate portions. It's funny and serious and heartwrenching and ...

    This is a light read. I breezed through this book in almost one sitting. Although, I will tell you that there were a few moments that were few and far between that I really liked reading about and can remember. Otherwise, the majority of the book was "fine". Not that I am taking anythi...

    I do love a memoir, so even though this is a memoir in a series of essays instead of a straight narrative, I was excited. Even though it was about motherhood, I was still really looking forward to it. And I liked the first few essays a lot. Ms. Davies is not a typical soccer mom and sh...

    This book has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite books. I will never forget this book. It's that good. I related so much to a great deal of this book, from the moving around constantly as a kid, to trying to fit in to a new school with new ways of doing things (what...

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Three and a half stars. The book jacket for Dawn Davies' essays led me to believe this would be a series of essays about an angst-filled and reluctant mother, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of ec...

    A stunning memoir made up of stunning stand-alone essays, most of which have been published in journals. The overarching story covers everything from the narrator's own childhood, to her two marriages, and the most excruciating challenges motherhood could possibly ever offer. Plus excr...

    I received an advance copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. The book seemed slow to start, and disjointed, as the timeline was not linear. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the timeline hadn't jumped around so. Also, one chapter, I only read half, then skipped the ...

    I saw the author on an interview and I had to read this book. I was set to give this 3 stars until the last 2 chapters. I knew she had written about her son but wow. Those 2 chapters WERE the book for me ...

    Dawn Davies digs deep. Missteps of youth, motherhood, regrets, sorrows, consequences, difficult situations with no easy answers, dogs, more dogs, and enough humor to balance the heavy ballast of this linked collection of personal essays. This is vulnerable writing. This is terrific...

    I have read the other reviews of this book and I guess I am the exception. I hated this from the first sentence but I tried to read on. The first sentence by the way is this gem, "It is a moonless night, dark and rare, and the heat is oppressive, the kind of heat where a deep breath le...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. I had never heard of this author before. But, you can bet I will look for more books from her in the future. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** This is a memoir of sorts. As she has chosen certain elements of her life to elaborate on. I cracked up re...

    3.5/5 I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm torn on this one. It was a well-written quick read and the author's life is interesting, but I can't get over the fact that she was the cause of death for 4 hamsters and 4 (?) pet birds. I know, a weird thing to fix...

    This is a memoir, presented in chapters that present as short stories but read like excerpts from a woman's diary over the decades of her life from childhood up to middle age. This book took me to some deep places emotionally, as a girl, as a mother, as an animal lover, as a student of...