She Reads is spending this Mother’s Day catching up on the best books about mothers. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift or even a new read for yourself, these are the 10 mom-approved books we suggest you pick up now.
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
In this new novel, Heti’s main character is forced to think about whether or not she wants to become a mom. As she and her friends move into their thirties, they’re all wondering when the right time is to have children. Spanning several years of this young woman’s life, Motherhood looks deeply into womanhood and the pressure of becoming a mother.
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell
When Meaghan O’Connell got pregnant in her early twenties, she knew she wasn’t ready for motherhood, but also knew that she would undoubtedly keep the baby. In this honest debut, O’Connell talks about what other parenting books don’t. This humorous non-fiction book tackles what it’s like to be a soon-to-be mother facing the unexpected.
When You Knew by Jamie Beck
Gentry Cabot never meant to get pregnant but in this new summer release, she’ll find that being a good mother comes with obstacles she hadn’t anticipated. Hiring humanitarian worker Ian as her live-in nanny, the two quickly become fast friends and before they know it, their bond becomes more than just professional. But when the baby’s biological father re-enters the picture, Gentry will have to decide whether or not she wants to still keep him in her life or move on with Ian.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Romy Hall has just received two life sentences, having to leave her son behind in San Francisco. Now facing life in prison, she begins to see the charades of the women’s correction facility and adjusts to her new lifestyle. She’ll have to find her place and learn to survive in a world where guards give into the whims of the inmates.
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Overwhelmed with new motherhood, Rebecca Stone hires a black nurse as her nanny and the two women become close, raising Rebecca’s son together. But when Priscilla unexpectedly dies in childbirth, Rebecca steps up to adopt her baby, and soon finds herself raising two sons, both of whom she loves equally but who will be treated differently because of the color of their skin.
Strong As a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood by Kate Rope
This new release highlights the difficult transition into motherhood from pregnancy to parenting. It’s important to have a happy child but Rope also believes that a mother’s sanity is something to be treasured. If you’re moving into motherhood and are looking for a read to keep you on track, this is the guide you’ll need in your life.
The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish
After losing her husband in a freak accident, Lavinia Starkhurst takes to hitting the open road in order to get her life back on track. Meeting strangers who will impact her life in ways she couldn’t have ever imagined, Lavinia finds this time in her life to be one of intense reflection and the perfect trip to make amends with her past mistakes.
The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers by Marcia Gay Harden
Actress Marcia Gay Harden writes a touching memoir about her mother and her struggle with Alzheimer’s. If you’re looking for a beautiful story (have tissues nearby!) about a mother-daughter relationship, this is the book for you this Mother’s Day.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
In this New York Times bestseller, Nadia, a high school senior, loses her mother to suicide. Grieving, she finds comfort in Luke, the pastor’s son, and a romance blossoms, as well as an unwanted pregnancy. Nadia keeps her secret from everyone, including her best friend Aubrey, but years later, when she returns to her hometown, a love triangle and past secrets force Nadia to try to make sense of the choices she made long ago.
A Letter for Every Mother by Kara Lawler and Regan Long
This collection of sentimental letters are written to every kind of mother to honor the love and dedication they show their families every day. If there’s a mom in your life who is in need of a pick-me-up this Mother’s Day, A Letter for Every Mother is the perfect gift to give this year.
The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
Shelley Stone schedules everything – from business meetings, sex with her husband, exercise and even ‘me time.’ When she meets another woman who shares her name and has an identical scar on her shoulder, Shelley begins to think she’s losing her mind. This hilarious fiction debut is a great read for working moms to relax with over Mother’s Day weekend.
Mother Land by Paul Theroux
A recent Stephen King favorite, Mother Land tells the life story of a woman named Mother whose children and husband think she is a self-centered narcissist. Mother pits her children against each other and claims the only child who understands her is the one who died during childbirth. Living past the age of 100, Mother’s controlling narcissistic actions hold a firm grip on her family.