This Mother’s Day, send the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, teachers, doctors, caregivers, and girlfriends in your life a book that’s right for them. Forget flowers, which become a nuisance as they wither in the vase within days. Instead, opt for an everlasting story, something moms can pick up when they want to, when they need to, and when they find the time. As a mom of four, I know how hard that is! 

My suggestions can definitely help you in your shopping, but also take a few minutes to think about what the mom in your life really loves. Does she love modernist art? Is she obsessed with her dog? Does she love Mediterranean food? How about her recent trip to Nashville? Pick up one of the books below and then pair it with another book that shows how well you know her. That you see her. And you love her, just as she is. 

That’s all moms really want this Mother’s Day. Aside, perhaps, from coffee. 


For the mom who lost her mom:


For the mom
worried she’s
losing her mind:


For the mom
debating having
a second child:


For the mom
who needs
a drink:


For the
mom of a
certain age:


For the mom
considering
an affair:


For the mom
who needs
a laugh:


For the mom
who feels
burnt out:


For the mom
longing for an
escapist read:


For the mom who
second-guesses
herself:


For the history-
buff mom who
needs inspiration:


For the mom who
can’t bear another
load of laundry:


For the mom
who can’t fit
everything in:


For the mom
who needs some
life hacks:


For the mom who
is battling
depression:


For the mom
who loves
music:


For the mom who loves to cook:


For the mom
reeling from
a setback:


For the mom
who is also
a grandma:


For the mom
looking for
parenting tools:


For the mom
who wants to
get into it:


For the mom
who loves to
read fiction:


For the mom
missing her
girlfriends:


For the mom
wondering how
everyone else
is doing it:


For the
mom who
wants to
regroup:


For the mom
working from
her home
office:


 And if you’re looking for another Mother’s Day gift idea, here’s one near and dear to my heart. My mother-in-law Susan Felice Owens lost her life to COVID-19 in late summer 2020. To honor her, the Susan Felice Owens Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Research at Mount Sinai Health System was set up in her name.

The fashion lifestyle brand Citizens of Humanity has teamed up with us to raise funds for this urgent and continuing research. Starting today, Citizens of Humanity’s “Stay Safe” t-shirts are available for purchase, with 100% of the retail selling price going to the research program. Click here for more information.