Some Book Ideas for Mother's Day

Books... They're thoughtful, relatively inexpensive, and easy to wrap. With Mother's Day fast approaching, I've gotten a few requests for Mother's Day book recommendations. Since then I've been compiling a Mother's Day book list in my head.

It's by no means an exhaustive list, but here are my suggestions. Hopefully, one of two will stand out to you. If not, maybe the list will spark ideas of your own. I've tried to break the books down into categories for easy reference. Feel free to write suggestions on Facebook or in the comments section below.

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    A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize a couple years ago, your mother is sure to thank you for being so thoughtful.

    Runner up: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. A South American country, a glamorous group of partiers, a kidnapping. This book made Ann Patchett a household name.

For the romantic reader-

    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Yes, it's a science fiction book about time travel. But it's also one of the most romantic books that you (or your mother) will read in a lifetime.

    Runner up: One Day by David Nicholls. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, this book was made into a well-publicized movie. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, the book is much better than the film.

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If your mother loves a good mystery--

    Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. A woman with a rare form of amnesia wakes up every morning and can't remember who she is. Her husband tells her the same story every day, retelling the facts surrounding her life. Then one day she wakes up to find a note from herself: It is a warning not to trust her husband.

    Runner up: Sister by Rosamund Lupton. An older sister is dead. The police think it's suicide, but her younger sister cannot believe it's true and returns to the scene of the crime to uncover the hidden story.

If your mother is fascinated by the lives of others--

    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. This book follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife while as he was building his career in the early Paris days. Readers loved it.

    Runner up: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. The "Frank" in question is architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the subject of this novel is his secret lover, Mamah Borthwick Cheney.

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