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10 Great Reads That Mom Will Enjoy

April 27th, 2015

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will make mom feel extra special? A great book is just the kind of thoughtful present that will put a smile on her face. Our list of reads for mom offers a cornucopia of titles from which to choose: tales of love, life, and family that feature unique characters and richly drawn settings. While you’re shopping, why not get a copy for yourself as well, and surprise mom with a book club celebration for two?

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

April Smith has written an emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel about five American women—Gold Star Mothers—who travel to France to visit the graves of their sons fallen in World War I: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. A story that will move mom to tears, A Star for Mrs. Blake is ultimately about the sacrifices and plight of women in times of war.

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The-ArsonistThe Arsonist by Sue Miller

From the bestselling author of The Senator’s Wife comes a superb novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town. The events coincide with Frankie Rowley’s return after fifteen years of working in East Africa. As more houses burn down, putting the residents on edge, Frankie also has to deal with her father’s declining health and her own burgeoning passionate affair that will yield remarkable risks and revelations.

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The-Lady-in-GoldThe Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor

Here’s the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government. Pair this volume with movie tickets for the Hollywood film Woman in Gold (starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds), inspired by the same true story.

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Belle-CoraBelle Cora by Phillip Margulies

From the turbulence of nineteenth-century America emerges an enigmatic and unforgettable heroine: Belle Cora, a prosperous merchant’s daughter turned madam of San Francisco’s finest bordello. This colorful first-person narrative takes readers on a rollicking journey from the tip of Manhattan to rural upstate New York and Gold Rush–era San Francisco. A novel that will prove a thoroughly engrossing read for moms with a penchant for history.

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Astonish-MeAstonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Few in Joan’s drowsy California suburb know her thrilling history: as a young American ballerina in Paris, she fell into a doomed, passionate romance with Soviet dance superstar Arslan Rusakov (inspired by legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov!). After playing a leading role in his celebrated defection, Joan bowed out of the spotlight for good, heartbroken by Arslan and humbled by her own modest career. Years have passed but Joan is wrong to think that Arslan is out of her life forever…. Sounds captivating, we know—just see how much fun Sarah Jessica Parker had reading it.

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Chestnut-StreetChestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

From the beloved Irish writer comes a book about a fictional Dublin neighborhood called Chestnut Street. Among the street’s residents is a fascinating array of individuals with a variety of life circumstances, occupations, sensibilities—and, of course, stories. Rendered with the humor and deep empathy that are the hallmarks of all of Maeve’s work, the world of Chestnut Street is sure to enchant mom!

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Book-of-Unknown-AmericansThe Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

A story of star-crossed love—between teenage Mexican newcomer Maribel and Mayor, her neighbor in their immigrant community in Delaware—sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the young lovers’ tale with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.

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The-Winter-PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The perfect read for moms who enjoy a spooky ghost story! The setting is creepy West Hall, Vermont, which has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. So, when her mom, Alice, vanishes without a trace, it doesn’t take nineteen-year-old Ruthie long to discover that she’s not the only person looking for someone they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

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The-Forever-GirlThe Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith

Love works in mysterious ways in this touching mother-daughter tale. It all starts on the Cayman Islands, when Clover falls for her first love, and allows her heart to chart her life’s course. At the same time, her mother realizes that she has fallen out of love with Clover’s father, and that her previously carefully mapped-out future has become unknown territory. Through the years, mother and daughter try to navigate their chosen paths, as they are each torn between the dreams they cherish and the reality they face.

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And-the-Dark-Sacred-NightAnd the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

This is the story of Kit, a forty-year-old art historian going through a midlife crisis. Born to a single teenage mother, he has never known the identity of his biological father—so he finally sets out to find the truth. Immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod, And the Dark Sacred Night is an unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer people’s destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks of unraveling old family secrets—universal topics that mom will surely relate to.

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