What can you possibly get your mom to convey how truly special she is? How about a book so compelling even the busiest mom won’t be able to put it down? We’ve gathered seven of our best recent books so she can take some well-earned time out.
PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee is a beautifully-told saga that follows one Korean family through four generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. This character’s will and determination to create a better life for her children resonated with readers everywhere, making it a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Award finalist.
DEAR MADAM PRESIDENT by Jennifer Palmieri is an open letter to the first woman president, written by the former communications director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. This short and significant read is the perfect gift for the moms out there who are working to achieve success in any role. Palmieri’s optimistic message turns the 2016 campaign into an empowering experience for women, and inspires them to embrace leadership in their own lives.
WHAT WOULD DOLLY DO? is a great gift for moms who love country music, or even those who just enjoy reading about American icons. One of twelve children raised in a shack in the Appalachian Mountains, Dolly Parton grew up to become a superstar. In this new book, Lauren Marino discusses all of the qualities and life lessons that helped Dolly along the way. From Dolly’s unique humor, no-nonsense wisdom, and sass, Marino shares all of the details to make this a fun and inspiring read.
Andrew Morton’s latest biography, MEGHAN, is the perfect gift for moms who plan to watch the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry! This tell-all paints a portrait of who Markle really is — and what led her on the whirlwind journey to becoming a royal. No one could tell the story better than Morton, who is known for his other bestsellers including Diana: Her True Story.
While the world is buzzing about Meghan Markle, her wedding has also sparked an interest in the notorious Wallis Simpson — the only other American divorcee to (attempt to) join the royal family. Andrew Morton’s WALLIS IN LOVE is another great Mother’s Day pick. Readers devoured the true story of the “romance of the century” that motivated King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne.
After the 2016 election, former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush decided to write a book that would empower and encourage women, reminding them of the importance of sisterhood. SISTERS FIRST shares both hilarious and meaningful stories from the lives of these twins who grew up in a political dynasty — this funny, feel-good read is a great Mother’s Day choice.
WHAT WOULD VIRGINIA WOOLF DO? by Nina Lorez Collins is inspired by the Facebook group of the same name. Collins started the group to discuss all the hard-to-answer questions women encounter when they enter their forties. Part memoir and part resource on how to age unapologetically, this book covers everything from fashion and skincare, to surviving the empty nest. It’s a frank and intimate book that your mom will love reading.