Mother's Day Gifts: Books for Every Mom
Need the perfect bookish gift for your mom? Our editors have it covered. Bookish's team of book experts across subjects and genres selects reads sure to please all different types of moms.
Fabio Viviani cooked his way into our hearts in Bravo's "Top Chef," and now he's brought his flair for invention and his devotion to his Florentine roots to the page in "Fabio's Italian Kitchen." (As an appetizer, check out Viviani's "Bromance Challenge" with fellow "Top Chef" Richard Blais.)
Perfect for: The mom with a taste for Italian(s).
David Sedaris had to get his off-kilter sense of humor from somewhere. As he recounts in the stories in his newest collection, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls," his mother had a way with words: When he would draw attention to his sister Gretchen's weight, his mother would tell him he was "stirring the turd." Sedaris' hilarious stories of family life will put the absurdities of your own in perspective.
Perfect for: The mom with a wicked sense of humor.
Katherine Boo, a New Yorker staff writer, has often written about the underclasses in America. Recently, she spent two years reporting on a horribly impoverished neighborhood in Mumbai, India. The result won Boo a National Book Award, and brought the degradations of millions of people to the forefront of reader's minds.
Perfect for: The mom who likes her nonfiction to read like poetry.
It's not always easy being--or becoming--a mom. In Jennifer Gilmore's new novel, "The Mothers," Jesse and Ramon choose to adopt, but they find that the process is not nearly as straightforward as they'd hoped it would be. An insightful look into our family-focused culture, "The Mothers" highlights what it is about family that's most important.
Perfect for: The mom who loves moving stories of family.
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro team up for the 12th installment of the smash-hit "Women's Murder Club" series. This time, Detective Lindsay Boxer learns how tricky it can be to balance work and family life: Right after her baby is born, she's called upon to investigate a grisly murder that may involve a star football player for the San Francisco 49ers.
Perfect for: The mom who likes a thrill.
Glennon Doyle Melton, the blogger behind the popular Momastery.com, has engaged parents across the globe with her frank essays. Now, she tells the story of her life, warts and all--from struggling with drugs and alcohol and to discovering she was pregnant on Mother's Day 2002, to her marriage.
Perfect for: The mom who loves real stories about real-mom issues.
This young adult novel may not look like a typical Mother's Day gift, but trust us, Veronica Roth's story is as much about family as it is a dystopian society in Chicago. The lesson here is that maybe we sometimes forget that our parents actually had lives before we were born (I know, right?!) and if we take the time to get to know them, we might be surprised at what we find.
Perfect for: Young at heart moms who love keeping up with the "next big thing."
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg doesn't think there are enough leaders in business who are women (and mothers). This must-read book of the season has created more critical ink than almost any in memory--and has added the phrase "lean in" to the modern lexicon.
Perfect for: The mom who yearns (or wants her daughters) to break through the glass ceiling.
Whether the mom in your life can regularly be found in the lotus position, or you think she could use more "om" in her life, Tara Brach's "True Refuge" is an ideal guide to finding tranquility with mindfulness and meditation. Inspired by the three Buddhist "gateways to freedom" (awareness, truth and love), Brach offers advice on finding your center and discovering your inherent goodness. Give her the Brach--then give her a break!
Perfect for: The mom perpetually in search of peace.
10.Bared to You
Famed TED speaker Brené Brown's book on cultivating courage in daily life is perfect for the empowered mom looking to kick off the summer with an extra boost of self-esteem. Drawing upon years of research on authenticity and self-worth, Brown argues that we have to open ourselves up to vulnerability and risk in order to build a life of compassion and fulfillment. "Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage," she writes. "Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness."
Perfect for: The mom who's confronting life head-on.
Julia Quinn write eight bestselling historical novels about the Bridgertons, and when the series ended, readers let her know loud and clear: "We want more." Now, Quinn has written bonus epilogues and a brand new story. Each part of the book is digestible in one sitting.
Perfect for: Moms who need a "Calgon" moment every once in a while.
The first lady's book about the White House garden and the fresh-food movement across America is as visually stunning as it is informative. Obama was a novice when she planted her first vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn, and her tips and tricks for planting and harvesting are perfect for fellow newbies and green thumbs alike. The book also includes some of Obama's favorite original recipes, including a "Spring Pea Salad" and a "Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble Pie."
Perfect for: The mom who wants to get down to earth.
14.Sum It Up
Beloved former head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team Pat Summitt announced in August 2011 that she had developed early-onset Alzheimer's. Summitt and her friend/collaborator Sally Jenkins have written a positive, moving account of a career and a life now lived in the face of a devastating illness.
Perfect for: The mom who loves sports stories with a heart.