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Must-read Books for Moms

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Whether you’re an obsessive bookworm or prefer to just thumb through your favorite magazine, there's a book out there for you to love (and love again, again, and again, if picked right).

Here are 10 books including many of our favorite new titles this season that honor mothers old and young—that are guaranteed to please any special lady.


Wherever You Go, There You Are

One of the most straightforward, least intimidating, and gentlest books on meditation, this guide on centering oneself, quieting the mind, and awakening to the world around us is a priceless addition to any harried mom’s library.

Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn

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The Help

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Author: Kathryn Stockett

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God Help the Child

Morrison's eleventh novel is her first set in present time; the story of a light-skinned mother, Sweetness, and her rejection of her dark-skinned daughter, Bride, is one full of pain, hope, and beauty—and will make you come to appreciate your mother's love in a whole new light.

Author: Toni Morrison

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My Mom, Style Icon

Go ahead and order two copies of this one because one glance at this coffee-table mainstay and its 200-plus photos of stylish mamas over the decades will make you want to keep it for yourself.

Author: Piper Weiss

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My Name Is Lucy Barton

While recovering in the hospital from what should have been a minor surgery, Lucy Barton is visited by her estranged mother. Over the course of five days, the women forge a new bond, revisiting the harsh realities of Lucy’s unhappy childhood and catching up on all of the moments that led them to the present.

Author: Elizabeth Strout

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother? is Alison Bechdel’s heartwarming, probing, and often hilarious attempt at understanding her mysterious mother — book lover, music lover, amateur actor, avoider of affection — and at bridging the gap between them.

Author: Alison Bechdel

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Betty Smith pulls no punches in telling the story of the Nolan family. She shows the harsh realities of growing up poor in the slums of early 20th century Williamsburg, but the love among the family gives the story heart — and especially the tough love between Katie Nolan and her children, to whom she reads every night and in whom she instills a real sense of integrity.

Author: Betty Smith

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Ordinary Light

Ordinary Light is Tracy K. Smith’s heartbreaking journey of reconciling her family’s past — her mother’s childhood memories of picking cotton in the south, her parents’ involvement in the Civil Rights movement — with her fairly comfortable present in suburban California. And when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, her need to understand their history and how it informs her self becomes even more sharply focused.

Author:Tracy K. Smith

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I'm Just a Person

One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

Author: TigNotaro

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.

Author: Jane Austen

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