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Below are some Mother’s Day gift ideas with book choices recommended through a Facebook poll for the special woman in your life – mother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, niece or friend – anyone who should be celebrated for their role as a mother.


My Recommendations

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See paired with a sampler of Pu’re tea, and a delicate English tea cup and saucer (available from any second-hand or antique store as attics get emptied of Grandma’s favorites). As usual, Lisa See delivers a powerful story of mothers and daughters, this time set among the Akha people of the mountain area of southwest China combined with the economics of growing tea. Below: China pattern inspiration for appearance in Eliza’s story. china

Retta, Gertrude, Annie, and I walked miles in November as they faced truths, longings, and failings as mothers to daughters. A rich story of family relationships, race, and societal expectations comes to life in South Carolina circa 1924 as the three women’s lives in Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera intersect to support and uplift each other. I could have walked miles more listening to this powerful story.

Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story  xxxxxguide your Mother with prompts and questions, making it easy for her to share the stories of her childhood, teens, and adult years. This will be her life, her victories, her challenges, and her lessons.  You will give her the gift of legacy and you the gift of knowing her a little bit better

Other Top Suggestions

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Is this a trend? Asian-American women writing about mother-daughter relationships? Maybe. Doesn’t matter – another great suggestion. Pair it with you own Mah Jongg set for an extra special gift to spend time together.
  • Mothers come in all forms, shapes, sizes, and colors. Sue Monk Kidd’s debut novel, Secret Life of Bees, evokes the idea a mother’s love can come from those beyond the ones that gave us life. Add a delicious jar of honey to accompany this tender story.

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  • Another Hulu adaption which hit the best-seller lists and explores a whole other, dystopian idea of motherhood is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid Tale. Along a similar vein, if not quite as radical, is The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Both choices would fuel provocative discussions with any mother. Well, maybe not any mother. I’m not sure I could have discussed surrogacy with my Mom. Loved her and miss her, but she was definitely a woman from past generations. Janis Mom Spring 1967 A
  • Another one I’m not familiar with but was mentioned several times: Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. 
  • The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe – everyone needs a beach book to read, especially one which extolls how true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven. Of course, beach reads means the perfect tote to carry them off to sandy stretches by the shore. beach tote
  • Plenty of others as well which I didn’t have time to fully research. Maybe consider an Amazon gift card for the special Mom in your life to choose her own:
    • A Mother’s Goodbye – Kate Hewitt
    • Charms for the Easy Life – Kaye Gibbons
    • Mama’s Bank Account – Kathryn Forbes
    • Amy and Isabelle – Elizabeth Strout
    • First Mothers – Bonnie Angelo
    • This is How It Always Is – Laurie Franke
    • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    • Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
    • Shell Seekers
    • When I Married My Mother
    • Mama’s Boy – Dustin Lance Black
    • Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Bowers
    • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
    • The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
    • Mom & Me & Mom – Maya Angelou
    • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
    • Beloved – Toni Morrison
    • Terms of Endearment
    • The Wednesday Sisters
    • The Mother Daughter Book Club
    • A Very Distinctly Outrageous Mother
    • The Habit
    • Joanna Brady series – JA Jance
    • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    • Motherest
    • Dream Daughter
    • A Grown Up Kind of Pretty
    • The Mummy Bloggers
    • Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family series
    • Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series
    • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinback
    • The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarity
    • The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver
    • The Almost Sisters
    • The Family Upstairs
    • Ginny Moon
    • Lots of Candles, Lots of Cake – Anna Quindlen
    • Caroline – biography of Caroline Ingalls
    • One True Thing – Anna Quindlen
    • Dream Daughter – Diane Chamberlain

Finally, I’m treating myself to a few choices by taking advantage of a great offer available on Amazon through May 3rd – 100 e-books under $5 each. I’ve already picked out Elton John’s biography, Me, and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Someone can tell my boys to load a gift card onto our Amazon account to cover them. They’re getting off the hook easy this year!



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