Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Virtual Book Club: Mama's Boy Myth

I ordered my book. I contacted the author. And we've got some fun things planned here at Blogging 'Bout Boys!

This month, we're going to be reading The Mama's Boy Myth, a new book by Kate Stone Lombardi. This book examines the mother-son relationship, and concludes that being close to your son isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, having a close relationship with his mother may make a boy a stronger man.

Want to join in? Here's how you can be a part of Blogging 'Bout Boys first-ever book discussion:

  1. Get your hands on a copy of The Mama's Boy Myth. I just ordered a Kindle version. (It's $13 less than the hardcover copy!) If you don't want to buy a copy, ask your local library if they can get a copy for you. Many libraries now offer e-book loans too.
  2. Start reading! I'm going to start reading tonight. (Have you started already? If so, tell me about it in the comments!)
  3. Send me your questions, thoughts, comments and concerns. As you're reading, jot down your thoughts and questions. Do the author's words remind you of a similar story? Write it down! Send any thoughts, comments, questions, concerns or stories to me at (Of course, some thoughts are purely private. Feel free to keep two lists -- one of thoughts to share, and one just for you.)
  4. Check back on Tuesday, April 10. Next Tuesday, I'll run a blog post that includes a few of my thoughts based on the book -- and, hopefully, some of your thoughts and stories as well.
  5. Watch for an author Q & A during the week of April 16. We're still working out the details, but it looks like some sort of author Q & A will go live during the week of the 16th. Got a question for the author? Send it to me at
  6. Stay tuned for a wrap-up event towards the end of the month. Still working out the details on this one too, but I promise you something interesting, enlightening and informative.
  7. Spread the word! Got any friends who have sons? Tell them about our book club! Encourage them to join us. (Feel free to spread the word via your social networks as well!). The more, the merrier!

Questions? Email me ( or leave your question below.


  1. Love your blog. My son is almost 18, and will be heading off to college soon, but I think I may read the book just to prove that I did the right thing by keeping him close to me.... in spite of a church deacon counseling my husband to no let his son be too close to his mother.

  2. You'll love the book. I read the intro and 1st chapter last night, and your experience -- the deacon counseling your husband not to let your son stay too close to his mother -- is exactly what the book is about.

  3. I don't think I will read the book, it sounds like I would get angry almost immediately, but I will check in to see what you have planned for future reads. I do love the idea of a virtual book club.

  4. I don't know if you'd get angry, @Andrea. I actually found myself very reassured. The book helped me see the value in all of the things I do with my boys every day. She writes about all of the benefits of a close connections between boys and their moms.