Books That Just Make Sense to Gift Your Mom on Mother's Day
Find Mom the perfect book this May!
Don't let Mother's Day creep up on you this year without finding Mom the perfect gift! Flowers are always a nice gift, but why not get Mom something that will last all year long? What are we talking about? Books, of course!
If your mom is a reader, then this article is exactly what you've been looking for. We've found great fiction and nonfiction books alike that will score you major points with Mom when she unwraps the perfect gift.
To make your life a little (or maybe a lot!) easier, we've provided a great selection of books that will guarantee you'll find the perfect gift no matter what Mom's literary preferences are!
1. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Loosely based on the myth of Oedipus, Everything Under follows Gretel, a lexicographer who grew up on a houseboat on the canals of Oxford until her mother disappeared when she was just a teenager. Since then, she's tried to move on, but a phone call from her mom brings everything back. Gretel must dive into her memories if she's to save her mom from what's lurking.
2. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
Objectively, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a pretty book you'll want to look through again and again. Unobjectively, it's a great resource that is the perfect addition to Mom's cookbook collection. Part cookbook, part instructional manual, anyone will come away from reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat with a much greater understanding of cooking and flavor and make them a much more confident cook. Don't miss the Netflix special of the same name!
3. Great Women Artists by Phaidon Editors
Great Women Artists is a giant book chockful of more than 400 different works of art from 50+ countries. The works themselves span the last five centuries through today, demonstrating the huge yet often overlooked contributions that women have always made to art. The New Yorker says that "women are just getting started and, as evidenced by this collection, we couldn't agree more!
4. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
In the course a week, seventeen-year-old bookish Isra is engaged, married, and moving from her home in Palestine to Brooklyn. Immediately, her mother-in-law Fareeda takes control of her life, telling her she must bear sons. After four daughters, Isra and her husband are killed in an accident. At eighteen, Isra's daughter Deya wants nothing more than to go to college, but her grandmother insists she must find a husband. Throughout the book, Deya will forge a path of her own even as she discovers things best left buried in the past.
5. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Hundreds of thousands flee as the civil war ravages Spain in the 1930s. Pregnant widow Roser meets up with Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and brother of dead husband. The two marry and flee for Chili on the SS Winnipeg. Together, they must rely on each other while in exile. Despite the many trials thrown their way, they hold out the hope of someday returning home to Spain. Along the way, they discover that home might be much "closer than they thought all along."
6. The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura
In the 19th century, sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell changed medicine as we know it. Elizabeth became the first woman to receive an M.D. in 1849, making history. Together, the sisters founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the very first hospital totally run and staffed by women. The Doctors Blackwell delves into the sisters' lives and the ways in which they changed the argument of women in medicine forever.
7. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Between her short story collection Her Body and Other Parties and memoir In the Dreamhouse, Carmen Maria Machado has proven to be an upcoming powerhouse in the literary community. Mixing "psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism," her short story collection is something a bit different from the norm that Mom will love.
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