13 Reasons to Join Our Mothers’ Book Club

September 22 2015

Voracious reader and late-night funnyman Seth Meyers gets his book recommendations from someone pretty special—his mom! So for today’s list we asked our mothers to recommend some of their favorite books. As expected, our moms did not disappoint.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal work of magical realism tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

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The Color of Water
by James McBride

As a young man, James McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion—and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. Here, he retraces his mother’s story and her searing, spirited voice.

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The Color of Water
James McBride

As a young man, James McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion—and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. Here, he retraces his mother’s story and her searing, spirited voice.

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We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas

In this sweeping family saga, an Irish-American family chases the American Dream even as tragedy threatens to undermine the life they have worked so hard to achieve.

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We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas

The promise and tragedy of post-war America is charted in this riveting portrait of an Irish-American family as they chase the American Dream. It is at once expansive and exquisitely detailed, but what readers will remember most is the huge heart at its core. It heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction and is destined to be an American classic.

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The Way I Found Her
by Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novel tells the story of Lewis Little and his seduction at the hands of a beautiful Russian émigré. This luscious novel is a bittersweet valentine to love and loss.

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The Way I Found Her
Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novel tells the story of Lewis Little and his seduction at the hands of a beautiful Russian émigré. This luscious novel is a bittersweet valentine to love and loss.

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Fingersmith
by Sarah Waters

This twisting tale of great swindle, fortunes, and hearts is set in Victorian London among a family of thieves. No one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

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Fingersmith
Sarah Waters

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Orphan Sue Trinder is raised amongst “fingersmiths”—transient petty thieves. When a fingersmith known as Gentleman asks Sue to help him con a wealthy woman out of her inheritance, she never expects to pity her helpless mark, let alone come to care for her. But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

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The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

Abandoned on a ship headed to Australia and taken in by the dockmaster and his wife, Nell learns of her mysterious origins on her twenty-first birthday and sets out to trace her real identity. This spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

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The Forgotten Garden
Kate Morton

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, a novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past.A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

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Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson

Set on a small island in Puget Sound, this gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric novel is a masterpiece that will leave you shaken and changed.

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Snow Falling on Cedars
David Guterson

Set on a small island in Puget Sound, this gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric novel is a masterpiece that will leave you shaken and changed.

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Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe’s legendary novel encompasses the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. It is an illuminating monument to modern Africa as seen from within.

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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

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Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

Born of a secret union between an Indian woman and a British surgeon and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, twin brothers come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

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Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese

Born of a secret union between an Indian woman and a British surgeon and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, twin brothers come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

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People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks

This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript, from fifteenth-century Spain to war-torn Bosnia. It falls to a renowned book conservator and a young librarian who risked his live to save it to discover its secrets and piece together the mystery of its miraculous survival.

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People of the Book
Geraldine Brooks

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford

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A Woman of Independent Means
by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, Bess Steed Garner endures life’s trials and triumphs with unfailing courage and an indomitable spirit. A bestselling sensation when it was first published in 1978, this richly woven story is perfect for a new generation of readers.

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A Woman of Independent Means
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See

A captivating journey back to nineteenth-century China when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, Lisa See’s gorgeously written work of fiction is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful.

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Lisa See

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