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Ayelet Waldman is the author of Bad Mother, a book that presents the controversial idea that women should love their husbands more than their kids. One Oprah audience member got so mad about Ayelet’s book that she tried to beat her up (Ayelet, not Oprah). But can someone who shares This American Life episodes with her kids truly be considered a bad mother? Depriving your kids of Ira Glass, now that’s bad parenting. Here’s Ayelet’s March Break reading list for your bunch:

Our favorite books to read aloud or to play on audio during long car trips are often (though not always) books that my husband [Michael Chabon] and I enjoyed as children, and are eager to read again. Our kids run the age gamut from 6 to 15, so finding books that all can enjoy is a challenge. All the kids like fantasy, so we tend to be heavy on those. And we all love the audio of This American Life episodes. Not exactly a book, but perfect for the car.

Half Magic by Edward Eager
The Oz books, particularly Ozma of Oz, a favourite
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamill0
Virtually any This American Life episode.

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