Marcie Stokman knows the obstacles and ache of women running on empty, isolated, longing for a break. More than ever women today yearn for deep connections, true leisure, and a sense of meaning and purpose. Her book, The Well-Read Mom, is a response to that need: We need to Read More. Read Well. Together.

With honesty, humor and encouragement, Marcie shares how a desire to read great literature and make meaningful connections became the catalyst for the Well-Read Mom (WRM) international book club and movement. WRM is restoring the hearts of women and awakening a cultural revolution beginning with the hearts and homes of mothers across the world.


Be inspired by the story of Marcie's Well-Read Mom book club, the movement helping women read deeply.

Be persuaded by the research that reading transforms our parenting, moral imaginations, friendships and more.

Be encouraged that it is possible to create a reading practice in your own life. Let Marcie show you how and even give you the reading lists that have inspired Well-Read Moms over the years.

Join the movement and cultural awakening: The Well-Read Mom: Read More. Read Well.

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A b o u t    t h e    A u t h o r

Marcie Stokman is founder and president of the international movement and book club the Well-Read Mom (WRM). With a passion for reading and motherhood, she writes and speaks to encourage women in a world of rising isolation, loneliness, and mental health issues. Through the power of reading together and reading well, Well-Read Moms across the country are finding friendships, meaning, and true leisure. Connecting on a deeper level and serving others in their search for purpose is Marcie’s passion. 

Marcie has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Nebraska, Kearney and Masters in Psychology from the Adler Institute in Chicago. As a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in mental health, Marcie founded the Family Consulting Services at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, which continues to operate today, providing individual marriage and family counseling. She co-founded Frameworks, a workshop series for teachers, nurses, and the broader community on healthy lifestyle strategies and mindset habits. 

Speaking and leadership credits include the Minnesota Association of Catholic Homeschooling Educators Conference (MACHE), the annual WRM conferences at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as numerous organizations in Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, New York, DesMoines, Denver, Sacramento and smaller cities across the United States and Canada.

Well-Read Mom hosts events at The New York Encounter, a free cultural event held in the heart of New York City each year. Discussions have delved into C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, Karol Wojtyla's The Jeweler's Shop, and Manzoni's The Betrothed. In 2018, Marcie facilitated a panel discussion called “An Epidemic of Loneliness.” 

Marcie’s passion for the power of deep reading to transform lives and communities is central to her concerns and activism. Her training as a clinical nurse practitioner in mental health gives her a keen ear for listening and engaging in problem-solving and encouraging women in finding their passion and purpose. As an author, national speaker and panel facilitator, she seeks to awaken the best in women and families; re-vitalizing our culture through her mission to support more women to Read More and Read Well

As a homeschool mom for twenty-five years, Marcie co-founded a classical co-op for high school students, bringing families together to support each other in their vision for excellence in education and seeking truth, beauty and goodness through the Western classical tradition. Marcie and her husband Peter have seven children and eleven grandchildren and reside in Crosby, Minnesota. 

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Slide In an age of tweets and texts,
Marcie Stokman presents a powerful case for the value of literature.
Hers is an empowering, uplifting invitation to return to great books,
which like great art, cultivate the mind and awaken the soul.

Elizabeth Lev, award-winning author of How Catholic Art Saved the Faith
Slide Marcie Stokman's book is a welcome apologia
for a return to the disciplined reading of the great works of literature.
In these beautifully written pages, women will find relief, permission,
and encouragement to pursue a life of deep reading for themselves,
their families, and the culture.

Elizabeth M. Kelly, award-winning Author of Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testament, winner of the Independent Press’s “Distinguished Favorite” award and the Catholic Press Association’s award for Popular Biblical Studies, both in 2018.
Slide Marcie’s book is full of contrasts: accessible, yet profound; deeply personal, yet universal
(there’s probably not a mom in the world that can’t resonate
with the story of taking Beth to her ballet lesson!).

By drawing on her experience to illustrate the profound importance of beauty,
reflection, and a true experience of leisure,
this book ignites the desire to live more deeply and intentionally.

Kimberly C. Shankman, Dean of the College, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas
Slide Well-Read Mom isn’t just for moms.
Nor is it just for the well-read.
This is a delightful, insightful, and inspiring book on how, why, and what to read.
It is suitable for anyone who desires more motivation and more skills in gleaning the goodness that good literature offers. Full of age-old wisdom and practical tips, this is a book I will recommend widely.

Karen Swallow Prior, award-winning English Professor and author of
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books and
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
Slide I raised my four children in the ‘80s and ‘90s, an era when children began being packed off to day-care while their moms flooded the workforce.
Suddenly, the neighborhoods were ghost-towns during the week with no kids for my children to play with, no other stay-at-home moms for me to talk to.
I remember feeling isolated, lonely and depressed, as if I had been cast up on a desert island.
I remember going for days without talking to another adult other than my husband or the cashier in the grocery store.
How I longed for interesting conversation that did not include the words “potty” or ‘no’.
What a life-line ‘Well-Read Mom’ would have been to me then.

Now stay-at-home moms can be part of a nationwide community of readers who come together in local groups to discuss good books.
In a culture increasingly polarized by special interest groups and opposing ideologies, Marcie Stokman, founder of ‘Well-Read Mom,’ has
single-handedly brought back the civilized—and civilizing—tradition of authentic conversation.
It is a gift of inestimable value.

Suzanne M. Wolfe, author of The Confessions of X, award-winning author of Murder by Any Name, an Elizabethan Spy Mystery (Crooked Lane, 2018) and its sequel, “The Course of All Treasons” available for preorder on Amazon (Crooked Lane Books, Dec. 9th, 2019).
Slide Marcie Stokman personally embodies the principle that gave rise to her international reading movement: “The good we do for the people around us springs from the life inside us.”
Saint John Paul II thought that women had a principle role in restoring true leisure to
our frenetic, distracted, and soulless culture.
Marcie is doing just that as she encourages her band of well-read women to nourish their minds and souls, and “reconnect to God,
and the big picture of creation, life, and love ‒ the things that really matter.”
Now, anyone who has already profited from Marcie’s efforts, or wishing to do so for the first time,
can read her and learn the reasons for restoring the lost art of leisure.

Margaret Harper McCarthy, Editor of Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture, and Science; Associate Professor of Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute.
Slide In some ways, our world today makes interpersonal connections more difficult:
digital connections are often artificial and lacking in depth.
One of the great blessings of Well-Read Mom is the community of accompaniment it creates,
founded in meaningful conversation and the sharing of life.
It provides an opportunity for those involved to chew and digest good books together,
an experience that can help them to grow in virtue and holiness.

I wholeheartedly recommend The Well-Read Mom to those who want to go deeper.

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Slide Marcie Stokman has made reading books once again a popular past time, at least among a small and growing set of essential believers—moms.
Her apology for the necessity of reading great books echoes the encouragement of centuries, and she does well to repeat it to us now.
As the founder of book clubs that now span the country, a mom herself, and a devotee of beautiful literature,
Stokman creates reading lists with substance, depth, and challenge.
In her book, she connects such reading with virtuous living. Who knew that reading a novel could be a path to being a good mom?
For Stokman, reading nourishes the soul, giving us more with which to feed those young souls around us.
With practical advice and vulnerable examples of her own failures and successes,
Stokman inspires us to love well, to think well, to be what we all desire but assume we have too little time to become—well-read moms.”

Jessica Hooten Wilson, award-winning author of the books
Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov; Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence;
and Reading Walker Percy’s Novels,
as well as recipient of the 2019 Hiett Prize in the Humanities and associate professor of humanities at John Brown University
Slide When we tilt toward a new “dark age” in terms of literature and even mere literacy, storytelling increasingly becomes both the province
of a talented-if-insular few and the product of a market preying upon human proclivities toward sentimentality.
Through her stunningly successful labor of love "The Well-Read Mom," Marcie Stokman has restored to literature
its rightful readership of everyman --or, in this case, every mom.
Through an admixture of biographical backdrop, philosophical underpinnings, and practical tips,
Stockman makes it clear that deprived of a community through which we can grasp the good things that great books give us,
our parenting is impoverished.
When we take short "retreats" from the fray of child-rearing, when we converse upon literature that is either broadly enduring
or charged with a Catholic vision, our hearts expand and our souls widen.
Deepened by our ability to see the part in relation to the whole, to see the unseen through the seen,
we can be better characters in the drama of our own little lives.

Joshua Hren, Ph.D., Founder of Wiseblood Books and author of This Our Exile: Short Stories
Slide In this important little book, Marcie and her friends invite us to a life that is richer in imagination,
companionship and empathy and, thus, so much richer in meaning.

And who are her friends?

Moms from Minnesota, and moms from Tennessee, and moms from Texas...
and Dads...and college professors...and students...
and Willa Cather, and Dorothy Day, and Victor Hugo, and Dante, and Tolkien, and Lewis, and Tolstoy...
and all of the timeless characters
and truths they have bequeathed to those who take the time to pay attention.
Marcie witnesses that such time and attention are possible, and invaluable, for all of us.

Reverend Richard Veras, Director of Pastoral Formation, Archdiocese of New York, author of Word Made Flesh, and regular contributor to Magnificat magazine
Slide Before she was the “Well Read Mom” she was the “Well Read Sis”.
My big sister Marcie often had her nose in a book.
I remember riding our bikes to the public library every 2 weeks for summer book club.
On our way home from one of our excursions, I screamed out Marcie… look out……crashhh!!
She had already started reading her newest book while riding on her bike with one hand.
She had crashed right into a parked car.
Nothing a half of tube of Neosporin and band aids couldn’t fix but after that mom always said, “Wait until you get home to begin reading your books!”
My sister’s love of reading was contagious and I am thankful!

With deepest admiration, Sharon Doran
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