Books We Love For Moms We Love: 10 Books for Mother’s Day

Every Mother’s Day, we are determined to find the perfect gift to show our moms just how much we love and appreciate them. Whether your mom loves novels or memoirs or mysteries—or all of the above—here are some books she’ll love this Mother’s Day—along with breakfast in bed, of course.

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The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

The remarkable story of Jeannette Walls’s deeply dysfunctional childhood growing up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Her tender, moving story of unconditional love is spectacular.

The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against Roman armies on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. The source for the recent CBS miniseries, The Dovekeepers is a beautifully written and captivating tale of four women whose lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege.

Ordinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, thirteen-year-old Frank Drum finds himself thrust into a world of secrets, adultery, and betrayal. Set in 1961, Ordinary Grace is the story of what a shocking murder does to a boy standing at the door of adulthood and the fabric of a small Minnesota town.

The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom

When a white indentured servant violates the delicate order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate. Sweeping from 1790–1810, this is a heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful, story of class, race, and familial bonds.

A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir
by Elena Gorokhova

An elegy to the lost country of childhood, this is the moving memoir of Russian family life in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose curiosity and determination finally transport her to a new world.

The Hundred-Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais

This culinary fairy tale about an Indian boy from Mumbai who becomes a three-star chef in Paris was the basis for a feature film starring Helen Mirren. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

A Short History of Women
by Kate Walbert

Opening at the deathbed of Dorothy Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the cause in 1914, this kaleidoscopic novel illuminates the ways in which the lives of our great-grandmothers reverberate throughout generations. Slim but intelligent, it is rich with imagery, emotion, and wit.

The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Relive the wonder of childhood this Mother’s Day. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ timeless, Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a hardscrabble backwoods family in remote Central Florida and the tender relationship between a young boy and his tame fawn was an instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, and it has been capturing the hearts of readers ever since.

What Comes Next and How to Like It
by Abigail Thomas

New from the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life comes this exhilarating and superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. Wise and witty, it is a beautiful examination of Abigail Thomas’s life today.