Does your mom’s perfect Mother’s Day involve a book? Mine does. Just a few uninterrupted hours with a great read. And a beach. And a drink with an umbrella in it. A girl can dream.
Some of my favorite books are all about families, and more specifically, family dysfunction. It makes for good humor. Good drama. Good tension. So with that in mind, I thought I’d offer up a few great book ideas for mom. Gift somebody, or gift yourself. All of these are fantastic:
Motherland: Like your mommies on the other side of crazy? Amy Sohn’s book for you. Hilarious and shocking, I guarantee you’ll recognize yourself or someone you know in at least one of the characters.
The Light Between Oceans: Weeping! M.L. Stedman’s book had me crying ugly at the end, with a heartbreaking reunion. It’s a tale of how fiercely mothers love and how far people will go to protect the thing they care about most.
The Family Fang: This family puts the fun in dysfunctional. How would you feel if you grew up to find out your life really is just a piece of performance art? Author Kevin Wilson takes Annie and Buster on a wild ride.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie: If you or your mom like things serious, then run, don’t walk to pick up a copy of Ayana Mathis’ Oprah-anointed bestseller. Hattie’s sad tale is spread out over chapters about each of her kids, and the triumphs and tragedies that beset them all. Good stuff, but pretty heavy.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?: I burned through Maria Semple’s book because like everyone else, I HAD to find out what happened to Bernadette! After all, you don’t just go from being agoraphobic to disappearing with no trace. You don’t. And Bernadette’s middle school daughter, Bee, is on the case.
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