You know that our stance on gift giving is a firm belief that books are always best. So with Mother’s Day right around the corner, we reached out to some colleagues (that’s right, book experts!) to find out which books they’ll be giving this year.
What books are you giving this year? Share your picks with us on our Facebook page!
Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
Recommended by Austin O., Digital Publishing
While I have never turned on the oven in my apartment, this book had me alternately salivating and guffawing. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, this book is so charming and witty I felt like I was back home watching my mom pull together Sunday supper.
Celine by Peter Heller
Recommended by Lindsay M., Marketing
Celine is about a smart, quirky, determined woman who spends her life reuniting families with the help of her quiet, salt-of-the-earth husband. I know my mom will enjoy the strong female protagonist, trying to figure out the mystery, and the breathtaking descriptions of nature in and around Yellowstone National Park. She’s about to head off on her own road trip to the west, so it’s the perfect companion!
The Fifth Trimester by Lauren Smith Brody
Recommended by Lexy B., Editorial
I’m planning to give the new moms in my life a copy of Lauren Smith Brody’s completely essential The Fifth Trimester. Having a newborn isn’t easy—but going back to work shouldn’t have to feel tough too. Lauren Smith Brody walks you through everything—how (and where) to pump; how to maximize every minute of your commute; how to negotiate for flex-time; how to create a childcare situation that works for your family. She interviewed hundreds of women for this book and the result feels like you called your smartest, most in-the-know friend, who tells you just what to do, and why.
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
Recommended by Roz P., Marketing
Saints for All Occasions is a tender, heartfelt novel about an Irish-American family living in and around Boston. It goes deep into issues like the sacrifices mothers make for their kids, the complexities of sibling relationships and the bittersweet aspects of immigration. I found it completely absorbing and satisfying. It’s an easy book to recommend!
Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
Recommended by Mandy L., Publicity
Jagannath is the book for my Mom this Mother’s Day. I know she’ll love all the weird and whimsical details in this collection of short stories. I devoured this book in a day and fell deep into Tidbeck’s imaginative world where anything can happen.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Recommended by Laura C., Marketing
I can’t think of a better gift than a few hours of escape from breaking news alerts, so I’ll be giving my mother Kevin Kwan’s delightful novel Crazy Rich Asians this year. I was completely swept up in the high-net-worth world of the characters and adored the Pride and Prejudice–like romance at the center of the novel. Plus I want her to read the book before the movie comes out this summer!
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
Recommended by Paige S., Marketing
Even though I know she’s read it already, I’m going to give my mom the 100th anniversary edition of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. The strong heroine alone makes this incredible story worth revisiting, and I know she’ll enjoy Jane Smiley’s new introduction. It’s the perfect choice for a mini mother/daughter book club!
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
Recommended by Jess D., Marketing
Anita Shreve’s final novel is all about one woman’s path to self-discovery in the wake of catastrophe. Set in 1940s Maine, The Stars Are Fire touches on themes of motherhood, friendship, and marriage, and it’s exactly the kind of story I want to share with my own mother.