Alcohol problems, depression and special needs present additional challenges to parents, and these books aim to families address them and thrive.

In "A Sober Mom's Guide to Recovery: Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Kids" (Hazelden, $15.95), Rosemary O'Connor tells her story and hopes to help other moms stay on track to sober lives. "Sober Mom Tools" are included at the end of each chapter.

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Author Kevin Breel's memoir "Boy Meets Depression OR Life Sucks and Then You (Die) Live" (Harmony Books, $20) explains his teenage battle with depression, even though he was well-liked and played on the school basketball team. His book follows his popular 2013 TEDx talk called "Confessions of a Depressed Comic." He wants depressed teens and young adults to know they aren't alone and that it's OK to ask for help.

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Psychologist and professor Laura E. Marshak addresses the stresses for a single parent raising a special-needs child in "Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities" (Woodbine House, $24.95). The book offers affirmation and practical ideas for thriving with a child with physical, neurodevelopmental or psychiatric needs.