Call the Midwife


With the popularity of the PBS series, Call the Midwife based on Call the Midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times by Jennifer Worth, as you wait for the series to continue, it’s time to offer up some other titles about the amazing work of midwives throughout the centuries and throughout the world.

Call the Midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times / Jennifer Worth

Reflects on the experiences of Jennifer Worth as a midwife in London’s postwar East End, including the nuns from whom she learned her craft and the interesting and challenging births she aided during her career.

Delivering the Truth: a Quaker midwife mystery / Edith Maxwell

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed car­riage indus­try is threat­ened by the work of an arson­ist, and a car­riage fac­tory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solv­ing the mys­tery.

The Star Side of Bird Hill / Naomi Jackson

Suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them, sisters Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer of 1989 living with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

The Reluctant Midwife : a Hope River novel / Patricia Harman

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy.

The Secrets of Midwives / Sally Hepworth

Determined to hide the identity of her baby’s father from others, a third-generation midwife is separated from and bound to her mother and grandmother by a similar secret from the past.

The Midwife’s Tale / Sam Thomas

It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the king and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebel’s hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion.

My Notorious Life : a novel / Kate Manning

An evocative tale based on the life of a controversial Victorian New York City midwife features plucky orphan Axie Muldoon, who recounts her apprenticeship and establishment of a thriving practice that is threatened by a censorious zealot.

My Name is Mary Sutter / Robin Oliveira

Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother’s pleas for her to return home.

The Virgin Blue / Tracy Chevalier

As she investigates her ancestors, the Tournier family, Ella Turner is drawn back 500 years to the sixteenth century world of Isabelle du Moulin. She is haunted by Isabelle, a woman who was brutally persecuted under suspicion of practicing witchcraft. Ella’s search uncovers a long-hidden tragedy and reveals the shocking fate of her ancestor.

The River Midnight / Lilian Nattel

The author turns her own family history into the story of five women, Polish Jews living in a ghetto outside Warsaw before the cataclysm of World War II.

Midwives: a novel / by Chris Bohjalian

A seasoned midwife in rural Vermont faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience.

The Last Midwife / Sandra Dallas

It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town where she has delivered hundreds of babies in her lifetime. She is a gifted and important resource for the women of her hardscrabble community, a position earned through wisdom and trust. But everything changes when a baby is found dead…and the evidence points to Gracy as the killer. Gracy knows she didn’t commit the crime. But her innocence isn’t quite that simple, either.

The Midwife of Hope River / Patricia Harman

In the 1930s, Appalachian midwife Patience Murphy, who while dealing with her own secrets, faces seemingly insurmountable conditions–disease, poverty and prejudice–as she strives to bring new life into a cruel world.

The Orphan Mother / a novel by Robert Hicks

Following the Civil War, former slave Mariah Reddick has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee, but when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah finds her world once more breaking apart.

The Birth House / a novel by Ami Mckay

Practicing midwife Dora Rare works in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia during the early part of the twentieth century, but the midwifery tradition is threatened when medical doctor Gilbert Thomas arrives with promises of fast, painless childbirth.



JUST IN – March 2018

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March 2018

You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden / stories by Denis Johnson

A posthumous story collection by the National Book Award-winning author of Jesus’ Son contemplates subjects ranging from old age and mortality to the unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe manifest, depicting haunted characters who would atone for the past, remember departed loved ones or come to terms with lifelong obsessions.

1947: Where Now Begins / Elisabeth Asbrink

The year 1947 marks a turning point in the twentieth century. Peace with Germany becomes a tool to fortify the West against the threats of the Cold War. The CIA is created, Israel is about to be born, Simone de Beauvoir experiences the love of her life, an ill George Orwell is writing his last book, and Christian Dior creates the hyper-feminine New Look as women are forced out of jobs and back into the home.

Asymmetry / Lisa Halliday

This novel explores the imbalances that spark and sustain dramatic human relations, tracing the overlapping stories of a young American editor’s relationship with a famous older writer, an unexpected New York romance during the early years of the Iraq War and an Iraqi-American man who is detained by immigration officers in Heathrow.

I am, I am, I am: seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O’Farrell

Presents a memoir told entirely in seventeen near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person, and the author’s daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.

Call Me Zebra / Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine’s idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons–even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.

Only Child / Rhiannon Navin

Surviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother’s determination to prosecute the shooter’s parents and the wider community’s efforts to make sense of the tragedy.

Blood Sisters: a novel / Jane Corry

Years after a child of their acquaintance dies on a sunny school morning, Kitty languishes in an institution with no memory of the accident that put her there, while artisan Alison works as an art teacher in a prison where a series of threatening notes and an assault on a prisoner reveals the workings of a vengeful killer.

As Bright as Heaven / Susan Meissner

Beautifully written, heartbreaking story of four women in Philadelphia in 1918 during the Spanish Flu.

Recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction.

Heather, the Totality: a novel / Matthew Weiner

The explosive debut novel – about family, power and privilege – from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men. Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they’ve created.

Chocolate in Fiction

chocolatePeaches for Father Francis / Joanne Harris

Vianne Rochet returns to the French village of Lansquenet with her daughters, Anouk and Rosette, before allying herself with a desperate Father Frances Reynaud to reverse disturbing local changes.

The Chocolate Lovers’ ClubCarole Matthews

Four unforgettable women from totally different worlds form a select group known as the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. Whenever there’s a crisis, they meet in their sanctuary, a cafe called Chocolate Heaven, and with a cheating boyfriend who promises he’ll change, a flirtatious boss, a gambling husband, and a loveless marriage, there’s always plenty to discuss.

Death is Semisweet / Lou Jane Temple

Chef-turned-sleuth Heaven Lee heads back into action when the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Foster’s Chocolates, a family-owned business in Heaven’s native Kansas City, is marred by a sniper who shoots down a blimp advertising the event.

Chocolat : a novel / Joanne Harris

When the beautiful and mysterious Vianne moves to Lansquenet and opens a chocolate shop across from the church, the inhabitants of the tiny village find themselves torn between the solemn law of religion and the joyful rewards of Vianne’s confections.

Bittersweet / Shirlee Mccoy

Returning home to Benevolence, Washington, to help her grandfather manage Chocolate Haven, ex-prosecutor Willow Lamont, trying to cope with a secret trauma that haunts her, struggles to make her family’s unique fudge until she finds an abandoned baby, a discovery that brings a warm, handsome and way too nosy sheriff into her life.

The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha / JoAnna Carl

The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee and her aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies and eggs. Unfortunately, new hire Bunny Birdsong is a klutzy basket case, dropping everything she picks up. But to Lee’s surprise, she’s a wiz with computers and fixing the store’s Web site so they decide to keep her. However, Bunny receives a few visitors they could do without.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder / Joanne Fluke

Cookie-baking sleuth Hannah Swenson must protect her reputation when a popular delivery man is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s cookies scattered around his body.

Dark Chocolate Demise / Jenn McKinlay

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it has never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris / Jenny Colgan

It’s true that Anna Trent is a supervisor in a chocolate factory…but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. And when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris’s elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna’s new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

Better than chocolate / Sheila Roberts

The fate of her family’s chocolate business is in the hands of Samantha’s arch-enemy, the bank manager Blake Preston. Samantha decides to hold a chocolate festival in order to save the company from bankruptcy but events do not go as she expects.