Mother’s Day is upon us, and we’re guessing that many of you are looking for the perfect gift for the maternal figure in your life. Here at Bookish, we think books are the ideal present for any occasion, and Mother’s Day is no exception. We’ve recommended book picks for every kind of mother figure in your life, whether or not the two of you actually share DNA. Without further ado, here are the perfect books for your mom.
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For the mom who loves to cook:
The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg
Odds are, most of us probably think our own mother is the best cook in the world. Remind your mom how much you love her meatloaf with this delectable book from Rick Bragg. Fair warning: This will make you hungry.
For the mom who wants to read a thriller about her worst nightmare:
To be clear: This book will stress out any mother figure you gift it to. That said, who doesn’t love a heart-pounding read every once in a while? We bet Aimee Molloy’s thriller will ensure your mom never lets you out of her sight again.
For the mom who watched Gossip Girl and wants a laugh:
Sloane Crosley’s essays will entertain and inform your mom. Whether she’s interested in reading about Crosley’s time on Gossip Girl, aging, or life in Manhattan, there’s an essay here to keep your mom engaged.
For the mom who likes fairy tales with a twist:
This collection is perfect for the mother who read you fairy tales when you were growing up. Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s stories are a darker and more complex take on the classics, although we still encourage you to read them together.
For the mom who is feeling essayistic:
Zadie Smith is legendary, and we’re willing to bet that your mom has already heard of her and has maybe even read some of her novels. What she might not know is that Smith has a new book of essays out. We bet she’ll be thrilled to unwrap it this Mother’s Day.