I’m always looking for something to read. I have my favorite series–thank you, Janet Evanovich and Charlaine Harris. Here is a list of titles the mom on your list might be interested in. I’ve only read one, Julia’s Child, but would LOVE to know if you have read any of the titles and your thoughts!
Great Non-fiction & Memoir for Mom!:
The Things You Would Have Said
A touching and wise collection perfect for mom!
If you were given a chance to tell someone something you never had the opportunity to express, what would it be? No matter your age or life experience, there is always something you wish you could have said, no matter how big or small. THE THINGS YOU WOULD HAVE SAID is a fascinating compilation of the most moving and surprising letters. From one woman apologizing to her former classmate for being the snotty popular girl in high school to an indignant 10-year-old boy sternly urges his friend to become “a better man”. And in another, a man who fled the Holocaust thanks the woman who protected his family from the Nazis. At times heartwarming, funny, sad, and wise, the letters showcase a remarkable range of voices and subjects.
The Rules of Inheritance
Claire Bidwell Smith
A stunning coming of age memoir!
Claire Bidwell Smith — an only child — was just fourteen years old when both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer within months of each other. “I’ve already come to the conclusion that I will probably be parentless by the time I am thirty,” Claire writes in her powerful memoir. Defying a conventional framework, The Rules of Inheritance uses the five stages of grief as a window into Claire’s experience, at once heartbreaking and uplifting.
Each step brings her closer to finding the meaning of the rules of inheritance, and how they will shape her future — as a woman, as a wife, as a mother. As in the very best personal writing, Claire’s superbly resonant words render the personal universal.
Help for mom to stress less!
Now, more than ever, people, especially mothers, are living through some of the greatest stresses. As many as 8 out of 10 Americans are stressed out due to the economy. Out of that 80%, women tend to be more worried than men, in terms of their personal finances, work, housing costs, and job stability. So, what’s the long term affect? Stress and aging. Named a Top Five Health & Wellness Book for 2010 by Wall Street Journal, STRESS LESS (for Women): Calm Your Body, Slow Aging, and Rejuvenate the Mind in 5 Simple Steps discusses new studies that show how chronic stress may actually gnaw away at our DNA, speeding up the rate at which our cells age by a shocking 10 years or more. The find gave scientific credence to a truth those of us over 25 have known in our bones, hearts and multiple other organs for years.
LOST AND FOUND
An Oprah favorite!
Known for her bestselling books, including the recent #1 New York Times bestseller Women Food and God, and two appearances on Oprah, Roth was forced to take a hard look at her relationship with money when she and her husband unexpectedly lost every penny three years ago. With irreverent humor, and hard-won wisdom, Roth recounts her personal journey to help lead others towards greater awareness with money, and ultimately greater happiness. She provides a framework to transform how we feel and behave about resources like food and money, to use them to better sustain and support our lives.
THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT
For the true crime fans!
In the New York Times Bestseller, THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT, Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal tells the unbelievable true story of the shape-shifting con man known as “Clark Rockefeller.” Updated with fascinating new material on the con artist’s upcoming murder trial in Los Angeles for the paperback, Seal spent two years interviewing almost two hundred people who know the man and discovered that his fraud was deeper, more sinister and more widespread than anyone could have imagined.
THE HOUSE AT TYNEFORD
If mom is a Downton Abbey fan, she’ll love this one!
A New York Times bestseller, THE HOUSE AT TYNEFORD is an irresistible story of love during World War II. It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen year-old Elise Landau realizes her only means of escape is to advertise her services as a domestic servant in England. Fate brings her ad to the attention of Christopher Rivers, the handsome scion of the aristocratic Rivers family and master of Tyneford. An anxious Elise arrives at Tyneford and immediately falls under its spell of the English country house set among the Dorset cliffs. When Christopher’s young son, Kit, returns home, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that will change the household—and Elise—forever.
THE ART OF FORGETTING
Camille Noe Pagan
Give her this unforgettable page turner to escape with!
THE ART OF FORGETTING tells the story of a friendship interrupted. Marissa Rogers and Julia Ferrar have been inseparable since high school.
Marissa, senior editor at a health magazine, is quiet, subtle, and appeasing. Julia, ex-ballerina and NYC Ballet publicist, is the opposite—charismatic, flirtatious, and bursting with energy. Then Julia is struck by a taxi and suffers a brain injury that alters her personality and memory. Even as Julia begins to heal, she begins dredging up old issues between the pair—including a past love of Marissa’s that Julia had urged her to abandon ten years ago. Marissa finds herself thrown into a dangerous love triangle and is forced to examine her most important relationships. As Julia struggles with memory loss, and the bewildering transformation of her personality, Marissa wonders: Is your best friend still your best friend if she becomes another person?
This is the perfect laugh-out-loud mommy novel!
In this charming debut, mompreneur Julia Bailey’s eponymous organic food company offers toddlers meals like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas A Chance for families too busy to cook. Yet turning a profit while saving the world nearly proves too much for this mother with too many principles and too little time. When the Julia’s Child brand is chosen for a national TV spot, will Julia get her break before her family reaches the breaking point? Perfect for foodie and all-natural mamas, JULIA’S CHILD examines motherhood’s choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs. risking it all.
An addictive novel, perfect for mom’s beach bag!
In Sarah Jio’s acclaimed debut novel, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH—hailed by Redbook as “engrossing”—bainbridge Island was no mere setting but rather a central character in a story populated by people searching for second chances from the past and present. In her second novel, THE BUNGALOW, Jio once again imagines mystical events that occur on a beautiful, but haunting island during WWII. Captivating and bittersweet, Sarah Jio spins a timeless tale that will transport readers to an exotic island where hibiscus flowers grow wild, but terrible secrets linger beneath the sand.
Edgar award winning novel for the mystery-loving mother!
Roy’s debut novel is an Edgar Award winner which was hailed by the New York Times as a “favorite suspense novel” and in which People Magazine says “even the simplest scenes crackle with suspense.” In BENT ROAD, a Midwestern family’s struggle with a past is never laid to rest. As a young man, Arthur Scott fled Kansas, haunted by the specter of the mysterious death of his sister, Eve. Though Arthur has spent most of his adult life trying to overcome the loss, his youngest daughter Evie’s striking resemblance to his sister is a constant reminder. Twenty years later, at the height of the 1967 Detroit riots, he and his wife, Celia, move their family back to the perceived safety of his rural hometown. While Arthur slips easily into the familiar, Celia and her children are mired in secrets and rumors that rule the small town. Soon after the Scotts return to the home on Bent Road, a young girl, bearing a haunting likeness to Eve and the Scotts’ daughter, Evie, disappears, and the family is forced to confront its troubled past.
LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Bring her another chilling mystery!
The newest Kate Conway mystery from O’Donohue that Hank Phillippi Ryan hails as a “compelling page-turner.” Eager to keep busy after her husband’s death, Kate signs on to produce the television documentary Life Without Parole, an in-depth profile of two prison lifers—Brick, a tough as nails, yet keen insider, and Tim Campbell, a quiet type who appears to be wrongly accused. Kate also agrees to a lucrative offer from Opening Night, a behind-the-scenes series about the debut of a high-end Chicago restaurant, only to learn she was secretly recruited by Vera, her husband’s girlfriend. When one of the restaurant’s investors is found dead, police soon tag Vera as their main suspect. Anyone would be crazy to help their husband’s lover, but Kate doesn’t believe Vera could have done it. How far will Kate go to prove Vera’s innocence? Hoping to gain an insight into the mind of a killer, Kate solicits advice from Brick and Tim, who are only too eager to help. Will these dangerous dalliances put Kate’s own life in danger?
THE UNION QUILTERS
Historical fiction done best for the crafty mom who loves to read!
The latest New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts novel, THE UNION QUILTERS vividly renders the challenges faced by the women left behind when their men answered President Lincoln’s call to arms. Dorothea Granger faces misfortune with dignity and lives according to moral principles, even when doing so puts her at great personal risk. Constance Wright stays by her husband’s side as he is repeatedly turned away from serving in the Union army because of the color of his skin. Ethical convictions keep Anneke Bergstrom’s husband out of the fight, but his safety becomes a source of shame that keeps her ceaselessly working for the Union cause, lest her friends and neighbors doubt her family’s loyalty. And, a gifted writer committed to hastening the end of the war, Gerda Bergstrom takes on local southern sympathizers in the pages of the town newspaper, risking the wrath of the Copperhead press—and the jealous wife of the regimental surgeon she loves.