Don't fret over Mother's Day gifts- get these books!

Books for Mom That Prove You Adore Her

While Mother’s Day is just around the corner, you still have time to get her a gift! Back in the day, I would get a proper scolding every time my gift fell short of my mother’s expectations. If you’re struggling to think of a gift she’ll love, we’ve got your back. You can never go wrong with a good book, so here’s a few to choose from (or get them all!)


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This is a classic. If your mom hasn’t read it, she’ll absolutely love it. Amy Tan tells the story of four women, all Chinese immigrants who moved to California, and their American-born daughters. It’s a beautiful and honest look at mother-daughter relationships and their generational differences.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Just in time for the HBO adaptation starring Oprah Winfrey! You and your mom can read this together, then sit down with some freshly popped pop-corn and watch the movie! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fascinating story. It not only explains how one woman’s cells change the course of medical history; it tells the story of a family. It’s an intelligent, emotional, incredibly written book that mom won’t be able to put down!


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty


Even if you and your mother already saw the HBO adaptation, which was wonderfully done, you must get this book for your mom! Like any adaptation, the nuance of the original book was completely lost. Big Little Lies is a gripping, hilarious story that, despite how entertaining it is, maintains relatability. In reading it, your mother will feel truly understood.


All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage 

Everyone loves a good mystery, and All Things Cease to Appear will not let you, or your mom down! It’s got a Gone Girl feel – a murder-mystery about a husband and his wife, found dead in their upstate New York home. There are secrets and thrill galore, and Brundage delves into the complexity of marriage and people.


Any Yotam Ottolenghi Cookbook


Not all moms love to cook, so this one’s not for every mom. However, I can be the first to admit that I don’t even make the recipes found in cookbooks: I look at the gorgeous pictures! All of Yotem Ottolenghi’s cookbooks are wonderful, and if anyone actually wants to, the recipes are do-able AND delicious. Jerusalem and Ottolenghi are classics!


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This story about a supremely dysfunctional family is a smart and easy read. Your mom will likely finish it within 24 hours. Each member of the Plumb family is overtly flawed; greedy, selfish, and ready to fight at the drop of a hat. You, your mom, and everyone in your family will feel like a great family compared to these guys… But more than that, The Nest is a witty novel that covers all topics from motherhood to entering your next stage of life.


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