There was a time when Mary Williams admits she was awful to the woman she calls “Mom.” Actually considered herself to be at “war” with her. Wouldn’t return phone calls or e-mails or have much of anything to do with her for three years.
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By Mary Williams
Blue Rider Press, 300 pages, $26.95
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“Sum It Up: 1098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses and a Life in Perspective,” by Pat Summitt, with Sally Jenkins. Summitt suffered six miscarriages while becoming college’s winningest coach and redefined working motherhood: Son Tyler was a constant on or near the court with her after his birth in 1990, and now he’s by her side as she confronts early-onset Alzheimer’s. Crown Archetype, 407 pages, $28.
“Instant Mom,” by Nia Vardalos. With all the self-deprecating humor you’d expect from the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” scribe/star and none of the cluelessness that characterizes many celebrities, Vardalos writes honestly about infertility, adoption and learning to be a mom. Includes a useful “How to Adopt” appendix. HarperOne, 282 pages, $26.99.