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52 Weeks of Cookies: How One Mom Refused to Be Beaten by Her Son’s Deployment by Maggie McCreath



Single mother Maggie McCreath couldn’t decide which was worse: the fact that her only son (not yet twenty-one) was off to war in Iraq for the second time or the fact that they had only five days to prepare. Even more frightening, she knew that he would be part of the Surge and, as a paratrooper in the 82nd Division of the Army, the tip of the Spear. What she did not know – what she couldn’t even bear to consider – was how this deployment would end, both for her son and for his brothers in arms, whom she had come to know and love as her own. So she turned to the one pastime that had always brought her solace: baking.

Filled with delicious, original cookie recipes, 52 Weeks of Cookies recounts a mom’s unique methods of coping during her son’s deployment. With plenty of sugar cookies but no sugarcoating, 52 Weeks of Cookies is an honest, uplifting story of family love during a crisis, with all the fear, grief, laughter, gratitude, and joy that come with it.


52 Weeks of Cookies is indeed full of mouthwatering cookie recipes, but it is so much more than a cookbook. It is also a memoir that tells the uplifting story of family love full of quirky and endearing tales. A truly inspiring read that I think all parents can benefit from reading, although I think military families will undoubtedly get the most out of this wonderful memoir.

The cookie recipes range from traditional to cookies that are totally unique family recipes that I can’t wait to try out for myself.



Judy Cowan

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

This sounds like a great book for both the recipes and to just read. Thanks for the review.