Mother’s Day is this Sunday, which means it’s time to celebrate the mothers in your life. Maybe you’re a mother yourself, or maybe you have a mother or a mother-type figure you appreciate. Regardless, why not make this Mother’s Day a literary one? Celebrate in a way that everyone is guaranteed to love: with some truly awesome books.
The great thing about a book is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. So for this Mother’s Day, we’re recommending four books that are sure to put a smile on your face. Joyful and fun, these are stories that you can also enjoy at any time of the year. After all, why only celebrate motherhood for one day?
Whether it’s Mother’s Day – or just a random afternoon in June – these four books will make you laugh, warm your heart and definitely please all the mothers out there.
You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales, Sheila Nevins (Flatiron Books, May 2, 2017)
If you love to laugh one minute and cry the next, then you’ll definitely want to pick up Sheila Nevins’ new memoir about her life as a crazy successful documentary producer. Told in vignette-style stories, Nevins recounts her experiences in the entertainment industry and how hard she had to work to climb to the top. Honest and hilarious, there’s no topic that Nevins won’t broach. From feminism to motherhood to the realities of marriage, this is a tell-all tale that feels both intimate and universal. It’s also laugh-out-loud funny, and will keep you hooked from the first page. Any woman in your life (but especially moms!) will love reading about Nevins’ life and everything she’s been through.
Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book, Jenna Hunterson (Pam Krauss/Avery, May 23, 2017)
As both a movie and a successful Broadway musical, the delightfully romantic story of Waitress has been bringing us joy for about 10 years. And making us pretty hungry, too. Now you can make those special recipes at home, creating sweet and original pies for any occasion. Including pies for broken hearts, pies for seducing the one you love, and so many more. Part of the fun of Waitress is hearing about (and drooling over!) the creative and different pie combinations that the main character, Jenna, comes up with. With Sugar, Butter, Flour, the mystery is finally gone, allowing you to finally try those flavors for yourself. We’re not sure how a rum-spiked cookie crust will taste, but we are definitely ready to try it out. Any mom would love the recipes in this cookbook, especially for those times when you need a little comfort food in your life.
Primrose Lane, Debbie Mason (Forever, June 27, 2017)
Motherhood can happen in lots of different ways, as Olivia Davenport discovers in Debbie Mason’s latest romantic tale set in her fictional town of Harmony Harbor. Olivia worked hard to leave her painful past behind her, but then she discovers that she has to become the guardian for her ex’s daughter. With the new responsibilities threatening her life as a successful event planner, Olivia feels like she’s drowning. But she still won’t accept help from Finn Gallagher, even though the doctor (newly returned to town) is determined to become a part of her life. It’s up to the town – including Olivia’s new charge – to help bring the two together. Family, motherhood and a sweet love story will make this a book you’ll want to turn to again and again.
Wherever You Go, There They Are, Annabelle Gurwitch (Blue Rider Press, April 18, 2017)
You don’t always get to choose your family, as Gurwitch points out in her hilarious and heartfelt new collection of essays. Born into a family of “bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers,” Gurwitch never felt like she belonged. Which led her to search for family elsewhere, in friendships, strange tribes, and communities she never expected to become a part of. But she can’t truly leave behind the family she was born into, and the responsibilities (and crazy anecdotes!) that come with it. Both funny and poignant, Wherever You Go, There They Are is the perfect book for anyone who has ever felt completely isolated from the world they grew up in. It’s also a great book for mothers, proving that families can come in all shapes and sizes.