Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, which means you still have time to find your mother the perfect gift to show her how much you appreciate her. What better way to show you care than with the perfect book? Here are 8 books your mom will love.
1. Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in Motherhood, by Susan Conley and Winky Lewis.
In this nostalgic photo book, Winky Lewis would send Susan Conley a photo of their children every day for a year. In response, Conley would write a story about the photo. The result was a collection of heartwarming tales any mother would love.
2. Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s memoir details the complicated relationship she shared with her mother, Vivian Baxter. In her personal story, Angelou details how long it took her to warm to her mother after they were reunited, and the unconditional acceptance her mother handed back to her. The book offers the backstory to Angelou’s famed memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
3. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, by Kate White
A few of your favorite mystery writers have banded together to share their most thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, seductive snacks and more with 100 recipes to inspire your next adventure. The book features full-color photos and reveals the links between food and foul play. Recipes are contributed by Mary Higgins Clark, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, Charlaine Harris and more.
4. Capture the Moment, by Sarah Wilkerson
Not only is this book filled with gorgeous photos of family moments by female photographers, easy-to-follow tips are shared on taking the perfect photo — allowing moms to create impeccable memories that will be cherished for years to come.
5. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, by Anne Lamott
This is the book that put Anne Lamott (my personal favorite author) on the map, and that also had moms around the world nodding with enthusiasm. In this memoir, don’t expect a glamorous view of what motherhood supposedly looks like. Expect the messy, raw, real and miraculous deal.
6. Color Me Stress-Free, by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter
Everyone deserves a break, especially Mom! Why not give her a coloring break? With the recent craze of adult coloring books, this book is the perfect way for mom to unwind. The 100 coloring templates are organized into therapeutically themed chapters that promise to melt away the stress of the day. If Mom likes this coloring book, it’s just one of several in the series, which includes Color Me Calm, Color Me Fearless, Color Me Happy and more.
7. Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This book was first published in 1955, but the wisdom within the pages is timeless. Author Anne Lindbergh links together the types of seashells she gathers with the stages of a woman’s life — mother, wife, friend and grandmother. Her meditations capture youth and age, love and marriage, peace, solitude and contentment, and her essay has been inspiring women for the last six decades.
8. Golf Balls, Eight Year Olds & Dual Paned Windows, by Crissi Langwell
Some of you may be familiar with these stories — personal essays I wrote for the Press Democrat with my Wine Country Mom column and blog featuring my children, the Taz and DQ. Now my kids are grown, but these stories pay homage to the time when they were in those precocious adolescent and pre-teen years, and I was just figuring things out as a single mom.
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