What she reads for Mother’s Day

Sometimes all you need to remind you of how much you love your mom is a new book. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for the special mother or mother figure in your life or even a new read for yourself, these are the mom-approved books we suggest you pick up now.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

This incredibly acclaimed memoir explores the meaning of family as the author embraces her adopted family while also searching for her birth family and experiencing the birth of her own child. It explores sisterhood, race in America, adoption and so much more.


You Are A F*cking Awesome Mom by Leslie Anne Bruce

Award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck, but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. 


Dear Girls by Ali Wong

In this New York Times bestseller, Ali Wong shares heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

A Reese’s Book Club pick, the newest memoir from the author of Love Warrior is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. With themes of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table, this is an empowering read for mothers. 


#IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley

In this hilarious book, comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley encourage moms to take some time for themselves – with a glass of wine. Covering topics of having a social life after becoming a mom, how to get your body back and more, this relatable read is perfect for mothers who see the humor in daily life.


Motherhood by Sheila Heti

In this 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.


Camp Grandma: Next-Generation Grandparenting–Beyond Babysitting by Marianne Waggoner Day

When it comes to being a grandparent, it’s important to teach your grandchildren important life lessons. In Camp Grandma, Marianna Waggoner Day gives grandparents new and innovative ideas when it comes to spending time with grandchildren. Grab a copy of this book for the grandma in your life who loves spending time with your little ones.


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

When You Knew by Jamie Beck

Gentry Cabot never meant to get pregnant, and 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 book 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 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.

(feature image courtesy of @soobsessedblog)

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