Extended Audio Sample

Download The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mothers Memoir, by Katrina Kenison Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katrina Kenison Narrator: Katrina Kenison Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $14.98 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. It is a story of mid-life longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of life with teenagers--holding on, letting go.

Poised on the threshold between family life as she's always known it and her older son's departure for college, Kenison is surprised to find that the times she treasures most are the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life, the very moments that she once took for granted, or rushed right through without noticing at all.

The relationships, hopes, and dreams that Kenison illuminates will touch women's hearts, and her words will inspire mothers everywhere as they try to make peace with the inevitable changes in store. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “An honest, graceful book that every parent will appreciate. In the thick of challenging changes, emotional troughs, and tender realizations, the reader will find comfort and guidance. Here is a fine writer, a dedicated mother, and a spiritual seeker speaking intimately to parents in search of wisdom.”

    Thomas Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand

  • “If you are lucky you’ll read this lovely, wise book before your children go off to college. If you read it after they’ve flown the coop you will likely find much that is familiar in this warm, poignant, and gracious story.”

    Jane Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of A Map of the World and Laura Rider’s Masterpiece

  • “Many of us have had a stressful year, but few of us could write about it so lyrically…You can’t miss her love of family, empathy with her two very different teenage sons, sensitivity to nature, and optimism as they’re revealed in this very personal journey.”


  • “[A] gentle reminder to mothers to slow down and savor the joys of the quotidian…Kenison’s wise comments on what she calls ‘the humble business of life’ are often a pleasure to read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marci | 2/19/2014

    " Wonderful book that was just what my mothers' heart needed to read. Every ordinary moment, and ordinary day are gifts. LOVED it!! Every mother should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annagrace K. | 1/24/2014

    " Oh, how I loved this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elsie | 1/23/2014

    " Being in the process of sending my oldest off to college gave us many similarities with which to connect. enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Astin | 1/13/2014

    " As a new mother, it was interesting to look ahead and read a 'mother's memoir' as she entered the next phase of her life - an empty nest. How she picked up the family and moved into a home located on land and away from hectic suburbia fascinated me, and tugged at my own heartstrings. This book is an easy fast read for anybody who is considering what their own memoir might read like someday. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Katrina Kenison

Katrina Kenison has been the annual editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. Along with John Updike, she edited The Best American Short Stories of the Century, a New York Times bestseller. Also the coeditor of Mothers: Twenty Stories of Contemporary Motherhood, she has written essays that have appeared in such publications as Redbook and Ladies’ Home Journal. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and their two sons.