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Top 6 Mother's Day Gifts - Gift Ideas for Book-Loving Moms


Mother's Day is a great day to show your mom how much you care. A good book makes a great gift on its own or as part of a gift basket. Moms who love to read will appreciate a Mother's Day gift that shows you want her to relax and take time for herself. What better way to do that than curling up with a good book? Check out this list for gift ideas that are sure to please.

For the Mom Who Likes to Live Slowly - 'When I Was a Child I Read Books'

When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Marilynne Robinson's new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books, reflects on life, love, community and domesticity. Her essays are dense and deep, but are nourishing to the mind and soul. If your mother is a deep thinker or appreciates literary works, this collection is a beautiful and encouraging choice.

For the New Mom or Grandma - 'Some Assembly Rquired'

Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
Penguin Group
In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott keeps a journal of her son's first son. This is similar to Lamott's Operating Instructions, which chronicled her son's first year. Lamott is funny, honest and insightful. This is a light read that still contains gems of truth and insight. Perfect for a new mom or a new grandma.

For the 'Twilight' Fan - Try These Other Supernatural Romances

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Vampires seem to be hot these days. If your mom liked the fast pace, romantic plot and supernatural twist of the Twilight books, then maybe you should introduce her to some other vampire fiction. My top picks: The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, which starts with Dead Until Dark (the HBO hit TV series, True Blood is based on this series); also, the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts, starting with Morrigan's Cross. If your mother likes books that are a little meatier, a fabulous debut novel from 2011 is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The second book in Harkness' trilogy will be released this summer.

For the Nostalgic Reader - 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand'

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Random House
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson was released in 2010, but is still popular with book clubs. It is a delightful novel that takes place in modern day Britain, but has old world charm. It reminded me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which was released in 2008 but is a "must give gift" if your mom has not already read it. Package the two books together for a charming gift that is sure to please.

For the Mom with a Sense of Humor - Tina Fey or David Sedaris

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Little, Brown

Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants,would be a great gift for the mom who is up on pop culture and likes Fey's sense of humor. Fey reads the audio version aloud, and I've heard that it is an especially good pick to listen to in the car. Does you mom have a dark and twisted side to her humor? Try the latest from David Sedaris, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

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