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Books for Mom for Mother’s Day

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Books for Mom for Mother's Day

It’s that time of year again when we scramble to find the perfect gift for our mothers.  If you’re at a loss for what to get her, why not consider books?  They’re always a popular choice, and there’s something for everyone.  Here are some suggestions to get you started.  Happy Mother’s Day!

NONFICTION

Nonfiction Books for Mom for Mother's Day

George V by Jane Ridley

A detailed biography of King George V that also outlines the many challenges of his reign and how he reinvented the monarchy, allowing it to survive and thrive. 

Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon

A candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption by comedic genius Molly Shannon.

Finding Me by Viola Davis

Finding Me is Viola Davis’ story, in her own words, and spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day. Hers is a story of overcoming, a true hero’s journey. Deeply personal, brutally honest, and riveting, Finding Me is a timeless and spellbinding memoir that will capture hearts and minds around the globe.

MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

Mysteries and Thrillers Books for Mom for Mother's Day

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka

Deconstructs the story of a serial killer on death row who is plotting a last-minute escape while exploring the ripple effects, and giving voice to the women in his life. 

Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

People keep dying around Ruby, and when her husband dies, she insists she didn’t do it. Detective Jackson disagrees, but the answers are not as straightforward. 

The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon

Inspired by Frankenstein, a hospital is rumored to have “monsters” as patients. Forty years later, a podcaster follows a lead about a monster that abducts young girls. 

HISTORICAL FICTION

Historical Fiction Books for Mom for Mother's Day

Yonder by Jabari Asim

Set in the mid-19th century in the American South, a group of enslaved people love hard, dream of freedom, and believe in the power of words and storytelling. 

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz

Reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. 

Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua

Set in 1960s China, the ambitions of a teenage girl catch Chairman Mao’s eye. She becomes his lover and confidant, but eventually, she sees her disillusionment. 

ROMANCE

Romance Books for Mom for Mother's Day

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly 

London, the first openly nonbinary contestant on a cooking show and their clumsy competitor Dahlia feel the heat inside and outside the kitchen. 

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer

Hayes saves Franny during a wardrobe malfunction on the subway, and their story goes viral. They’re complete opposites, but the city keeps bringing them together. 

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

An enemies-to-lovers and second-chance romance set in the world of Texas politics, where two exes are forced to work together to get a green energy bill passed. 

EVERYDAY COOKBOOKS

Cookbooks for Mom for Mother's Day

Unbelievably Vegan by Charity Morgan

Unbelievably Vegan offers more than 100 recipes for living a meat-free life without giving up your favorite comfort foods. 

I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To) by Ali Slagle

150 essential recipes for dinner on the fly, from New York Times contributor Ali Slagle

Sunday Best by Adrienne Cheatham, with Sarah Zorn

Cook your “Sunday best” any day of the week with 100 recipes that celebrate the joy of home cooking and family meals, from Top Chef finalist Adrienne Cheatham.

NATURE AND GARDEN

Garden Books for Mom for Mother's Day

Plants Are My Favorite People by Alessia Resta

The plant influencer behind Apartment Botanist proves that anyone can be a plant parent, no matter where you live, how small your space is, or how busy you are.

Return to Nature by Emma Loewe

Discover the new science and ancient wisdom on why nature makes us healthier and happier in body and soul from the co-author of The Spirit Almanac and mindbodygreen’s Senior Sustainability Editor. 

You Grow, Gurl! by Christopher Griffin

Discover the joys and self-nurturing benefits of plant parenthood, from learning how to begin building your own lush plant family to getting into those fun tips on how to care for your green gurls, with this beautiful, illustrated guide from the dazzling creator of the @plantkween Instagram account.

CARDS, PUZZLES, GAMES

Gifts for Mom for Mother's Day

Ben Giles Blooming Books 750 Piece Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle

Lizzy Loves Darcy by Thomas W. Cushing

Test your Jane Austen IQ as you help your favorite characters make their perfect romantic matches with this charming Pride and Prejudice meets Chutes and Laddersboard game.

The Cheese Board Deck by by Meg Quinn and Shana Smith

Elevate your next gathering with this beautiful, helpful card deck that offers 50 creative ideas for styling and presenting food platters for any occasion–no cooking skills required!

What books are you gifting this Mother’s Day?

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