LJ Best Books 2016

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Call the Midwives | Wyatt’s World

Now that American viewers have had seen the new PBS series Call the Midwife, there might be demand for titles about midwifery and requests for other TV series with the same kind of resonance. Here are two novels, two memoirs, and another PBS program to suggest. And don’t forget to offer the memoir the series is based upon, The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth (Penguin)

  • The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman (Morrow). Also suggest her two memoirs, The Blue Cotton Gown (Beacon) and Arms Wide Open (Beacon)
  • The Birth House by Ami McKay (HarperPerennial)
  • Labor of Love: A Midwife’s Memoir by Cara Muhlhahn (Kaplan)
  • Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent (Scribner)
  • Bramwell: The Complete First Season (Shanachie)
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net