12 Diverse Books for Every Kind of Mom
By Annie Suhy, OverDrive Collection Development Analyst.
It was James Joyce who said, “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” Just as sure as Mom’s love, we know you (and she) will love these 12 selections in honor of Mother’s Day:
For the Mom who made you clean your plate:
Lick Your Plate: A Lip-Smackin’ Book for Every Home Cook by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat
This book has the the 4 F’s we all crave when cooking: fast, fresh, foolproof, and family-friendly. Lead by two colorful hosts, Julie and Lisa dish up quick and easy recipes that are both healthy and seasonal.
For the Mom who still doesn’t ‘get’ texting:
A Simple Guide to iPhone 6 by Mary Lett
True to it’s title, this simple guide lays out the basics to setting up your iPhone including voicemail, text messaging, taking pictures and video, and more. Soon, Mom will be LOLing about how fun and easy it is to txt u.
For the Mom who loves Oprah:
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
One of Oprah’s Book Club Picks, this autobiography dives into the fascinating life of her longtime friend and mentor Maya Angelou.
For the new Mom who needs a laugh:
Reasons My Kid is Crying by Greg Pembroke
As many good ideas do, it all started as a blog. A dad posted pictures of the ridiculous reasons his son was crying (the neighbor’s dog isn’t outside, his bit of cheese broke in half) and fellow parents loved it. This hilarious therapy session reminds parents everywhere that they are not alone.
For the Mom who’s enjoying an empty nest:
50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass
Cross some “must see” sites off the bucket list with this great travel guide. With an itinerary chosen by the former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this one-of-a-kind guide chooses well-known destinations (Boston, New York), along with hidden gems like the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio to tell the story of America.
For the Mom who cries at the ASPCA commercial:
Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family–and a Whole Town–About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder
Animal lover moms, turn on the water works! This is a heartwarming story of a small dog named Huck, the kindness of strangers, and the hope and heart of the family that love him.
For the non-traditional Mom:
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad by Dan Bucatinsky
In this humorous biography about family, dads Dan and Don tackle fatherhood and all of its adventures through the re-telling of soul-baring, funny, and honest stories that reveal the truth about what it really means to be a parent.
For the Mom who always knew when you were lying:
A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
Some moms have a sixth sense for sniffing out a lie. Those sleuths will enjoy getting to the bottom of this mystery full of shocks, finely drawn characters, and gripping suspense, all against the backdrop of the English countryside.
For the Mom with more energy than you:
Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training by Hal Higdon
Contributing editor to Runner’s World, Hal is the man when it comes to preparing for big races. If Mom is a road warrior, help her step up her game with this training program.
For the Mom who’s at the end of her rope:
The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks by Tenaya Darlington and André Darlington
Give Mom a break–and a drink–with this libation-loving cocktail guide. With over 200 recipes and tips on food pairings, Mom will be relaxed and sipping a gin fizz in no time.
For the Mom who wiped your face clean with her spit:
The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuk
Mom was on to something when she wiped your face with her saliva rather than nasty chemical cleaners. Filled with recipes on how to make your own cleaning products using all-natural ingredients, this book will have Mom’s home smelling lemony fresh without all the toxins.
For the Mom who would never be caught dead in Mom jeans:
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Grace Coddington, creative director at Vogue magazine, details her life from her early days as a model to her years working at the legendary fashion magazine. Fashionista moms will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at the industry.
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