Here are a few more new memoirs about motherhood.
Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected) (Lifelong/Da Capo) by Elisabeth Rohm is a recounting by the actor (Law & Order, The Client List) of her struggles with infertility — a subject she found was taboo in Hollywood — that finally ended when she conceived her daughter, now 4, through in vitro fertilization.
My Daughter, Myself: An Unexpected Journey (Greenpoint Press) by Linda Wolfe, a journalist, novelist and longtime contributing editor of New York magazine, is the powerful story of how her relationship with her daughter changed when Jessica had a near-fatal stroke at age 38.
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me (Knopf) by Patricia Volk, author of the memoir Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family, wonderfully weaves together Volk's memories of her glamorous, difficult mother and her girlhood obsession with the outrageous haute couture designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor