03 May 2017
5 Reads for Moms: The Perfect Gift This Mother’s Day

The gift of time is often the best gift you can grant a mom this Mother’s Day, but if you want something you can wrap with a gift, give her the perfect read to enjoy in that moment of ‘me’ time. Here are our suggestions, straight from the shelves of Books & Books. For more gift ideas and other special offers and events this Mother’s Day, click here.

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

A mother, Alice, and daughter, Zoe, live together in Northern California – a solid team of two. Zoe has crippling social anxiety and, as a result, Alice has always been fiercely protective. However, when Alice is diagnosed with a debilitating illness, she struggles to find support for Zoe and chooses two virtual strangers – Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. The four of them are forced to confront their deepest fears when a series of events triggers a revelation of their secrets, from stories of abandonment to tales of abuse. The Mother’s Promise explores new ideas about what it can mean to be ‘family’ and how the strongest of bonds are formed.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim

Becoming a mother for the first time is an experience that defies explanation. This unique collection of 101 inspirational stories of new motherhood help to excite expectant moms and offer solidarity and understanding to new moms going through these overwhelming emotions for the first time. Enjoy stories that range from touching to hilarious and cover everything from the first moments of pregnancy to the first few years of a child’s life.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is a distinctly unique individual – an opinionated wife, a private-school mother who laughs in the face of societal expectations and a revolutionary architect. To her 15-year-old daughter Bee, she is a best friend. However, Bernadette then disappears. After Bee receives an excellent report card and cashes in on her parents’ promise of a family trip to Antarctica, Bernadette’s extreme agoraphobia kicks in and causes her to retreat, leaving her virtual assistant (who is based in India) to run even her most basic errands. Bee sets about finding her mother with every investigative tool available to her. This is a touching story of a mother-and-daughter relationship that conquers even absurd circumstances.

The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

This fourth volume of Maya Angelou’s stunning autobiography follows the singer-dancer as she breaks into the showbiz scene of New York City. It is also during this time that her love for writing is rekindled. It is widely known, of course, that Angelou lived an astonishing and inspiring life, and this volume does not disappoint. Covering her time as the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King’s history-making quest, her loves and losses and her relationship with her rebellious teenage son, this volume recalls encounters with a range of famous names, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X – all with the beauty and eloquence of Angelou’s prose.

Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms by Shonda Moralis

Mindfulness has fast become a buzzword in today’s wellness-obsessed times, but it has stuck for one reason: it’s effective. However, it often feels impossible. This book breaks down mindfulness into quick five-minute exercises to help busy moms take a quick break that will help them tune into their own bodies and strengthen their bonds and connections with their children. A worthwhile gift for any busy mom in your life this Mother’s Day.