Happy Mother’s Day to all of our members and their moms! In recognition of our favorite ladies, we’ve put together a list of books all about mothers and motherhood: the joys, the struggles, and everything in between. Share this list with your mom, or choose a couple titles to read for yourself! There’s a little something for every type of mom and mom-lover out there!
Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran
Who wouldn’t want a round two on their twenties? For ex-housewife Alice, who’s fresh from a divorce and no longer has young kids to take care of, nothing seems better than the chance to reinvent herself as a woman in her twenties living the dream life in New York City. Hilarity ensues as Alice gets herself wrapped up in a complicated new identity, realizing that you’re only as young as you feel.
Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
A charming love story of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, Coincidence of Coconut Cake follows talented chef Lou and food critic Al in a delectable tale of romance. Lou and Al meet by chance at a local pub and hit it off right away, deciding to explore the best of Milwaukee together – but only on the condition that they never discuss work. As the two begin to fall in love, the fact that Al is the critic whose scathing critique of Lou’s restaurant has now placed her job in jeopardy lingers in the background, threatening to collapse the two’s burgeoning relationship just as it starts to heat up.
First Impressions by Jude Deveraux
Sometimes nothing is better than a classic Jude Deveraux romance. With her daughter now married, single mom Eden Palmer moves to a charming Southern town in hopes of starting a new chapter in her life. However, instead starting anew, Eden uncovers a life-threatening mystery that jeopardizes everything near and dear to her. Once two eligible bachelors suddenly begin to pursue her, Eden can’t help but get the feeling something is wrong…
The Cookies & Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronosky
What’s sweeter than mouth-watering chocolate chip cookies and s’mores fudge bars? Let’s be honest, the answer is nothing. Popular dessert blogger and mom extraordinaire Shelly Jaronosky’s new cookbook has something in it for everyone, so regardless of your cooking chops you’ll be able to make something so delectable you’ll want to eat dessert first. Plus her official taste-testers are her kids. How cute is that?
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
In this wise and beautiful novel, Dana Spiotta details the power friendship between two women who grow up in LA in the 1980s and move on to become filmmakers. While Meadow and Carrie seem to have everything in common, their views on topics such as sex and morality contrast sharply. Despite these differences, life glides smoothly for them. That is, until they collide with Jelly, a mysterious and erotic older woman who seduces powerful men through the phone simply by listening.
Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen
Celebrate three remarkable women this Mother’s Day with Game of Crowns, which details the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton. A lot happens away from the public’s prying eyes, and Christopher Anderson reveals all the underlying similarities and differences among these powerful women in an addictive read that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace.
Heart of Glass by Wendy Lawless
In the follow-up novel to her bestselling debut memoir Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless chronicles her journey through 1980s New York City, as she struggles to find happiness and eventually learns how to grow up on her own. With a brutally honest and sometimes hilarious take on life, Lawless perfectly preserves the rush of being a giddy twenty-something looking for love and a paying job in the creative underbelly of NYC.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Pioneering English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft never got to know her daughter Mary Shelley, passing away only three short weeks after giving birth. But, through this groundbreaking dual biography, Charlotte Gordon provides a sweeping and moving portrait of how powerful the bond between mother and daughter remains. Though they never got to share their lives together, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley instead shared a lasting literary legacy that has firmly established them amongst history’s greatest women writers.