Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and what kind of friend/Savvy Reader would I be if I didn’t have a list of great books that are perfect for any mom, sister, daughter or grandma!? I strongly believe that books are some of the sweetest and most sentimental gifts that you can give someone. So with that, I wanted to make sure there was a little something for every Mom, from the latest bestsellers to some classics. So have a peek, make your list, and don’t forget to send your Mom a little extra love this Mother’s Day!
The Rainbow Comes and Goes (Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt)
After a health scare, Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt resolved to change their relationship. This decision led to an incredible year-long conversation. An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child.
The Bridge Ladies (Besty Lerner)
After years of defining herself against her mother’s generation, Betsy Lerner comes to learn so much more about the woman who raised her. While taking care of her mother Roz after surgery, Betsy starts attending her mother’s weekly Bridge club. Soon, the Bridge table becomes the common ground she and Roz never had. The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter.
(P.S. The Bridge Ladies doesn’t go on sale until May 3! Make sure you preorder it to get in time for Mother’s Day!)
The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney)
The Nest follows the dysfunctional Plumb family after their reckless older brother Leo is released from rehab. Leo’s antics have left their trust fund – called “The Nest” – endangered. In different ways, all the siblings were counting on the money to solve personal crises each one is facing. The Nest explores what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families.
The Illegal (Lawrence Hill)
Running is all Keita Ali has ever wanted to do. And in the poorest nation of the world, running means respect. When Keita escapes his dangerous country into Freedom state, running becomes necessary for his survival. Fast moving and compelling, The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. (The Illegal is also this year’s Canada Reads winner! Learn more!)
The Hot New Release
300 Days of Sun (Deborah Lawrenson)
Two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes. Journalist Joanna Millard escapes an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career in Portugal. She discovers a book written by Esta Hartford. Though it’s meant to be fiction, Joanna can’t help but to make connections between the book and the city she is currently residing in.
The Good Advice
The Longevity Book (Cameron Diaz)
Cameron Diaz follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Body Book, with a personal, practical, and authoritative guide that examines the art and science of growing older and offers concrete steps women can take to create abundant health and resilience as they age.
Food to Grow (Frankie Flowers)
Food to Grow simplifies every growing decision you’ll need to make. Frankie helps you evaluate your space, decide just how much time you want to invest and then make the smartest choices about which plants will give you the best bang for your buck. Perfect for the Mom who loves gardening! (Or, like my Mom, the Mom who really, really tries!)
The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters (Alexandra Stoddard)
As a mother and grandmother, Stoddard shares some of the most enlightening conversations she’s had with other women and their daughters. Filled with enduring and heartfelt stories, Stoddard’s The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters delivers lessons about love and happiness that have been shared and learned by countless generations of mothers and their daughters.
The Old Favourites
I truly adore giving and receiving children’s books! The books that I loved as a child are ones I treasure having even today. It’s the perfect gift for a collector. Or the perfect gift for a mother soon to become a grandmother!
A Bear Called Paddington Collector’s Edition (Michael Bond)
Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
A Treasury of Fairy Tales (Helen Cresswell)
This classically beautiful collection brings together twelve popular fairy tales, retold by well-known author Helen Cresswell and enhanced by Siân Bailey’s finely detailed illustrations.
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