Looking for some good books for Mom this Mother’s Day? Our friends at Simon & Schuster put together this great list covering everything from personal memoirs to fictional mysteries and more.
CARRY ON, WARROR: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
By: Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Doyle Melton is the writer of the popular blog Momastery and a recovering bulimic and alcoholic. In this inspirational and humorous memoir, she describes how she learned how to be a loving mother, wife, sister, and friend. Each day is a battle – between parenting, recovery, faith, and living an honest life – and in any battle, one must be a warrior to rise to the top. Deeply affecting, funny, and moving, Glennon Melton’s personal journey will speak to all women who wake up each day ready to carry on.
For fans of: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and or Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow
IF IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S YOUR MOTHER
By: Julia Sweeney
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney got the idea for her memoir’s title from a pillow her mom owned during her childhood. She never quite understood the pillow’s message—until she was a mom herself. With her trademark humor and wit, Sweeney recounts her tale of motherhood – from adopting a baby from China as a single parent to explaining the birds and the bees to an eight year old.
For Fans of: Tina Fey’s Bossypants
By: Carol Burnett
Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Carol Burnett presents a moving memoir of her relationship with her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton. Through Carrie’s diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol Burnett traces the journey she and her daughter took through some of life’s toughest challenges and sweetest miracles. Intimate, funny, and full of love, Carrie and Me is a tribute to mothers and daughters – a story of hope that only a mother could write.For fans of: David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy or Carol Burnett’s This Time Together
By: Jill Smokler
Jill Smokler, New York Times Bestseller and author of the popular blog Scary Mommy, knows that as much as she loves being a mom, there are just some things about motherhood that just aren’t “natural.” In these hysterical and brutally honest essays, she debunks many myths about motherhood and exposes the “vicious lies” new mothers are told while sharing scandalous confessions from real life moms along the way. Full of parenting tips and prescriptive advice, readers will laugh and cheer Jill on as she proves wrong lies like “You’ll Be Back To Your Old Self In No Time” and “Boys are Easier Than Girls.”For Fans of: Cindy Copeland’s Diaper Diaries or Jill Smokler’s Confessions of a Scary Mommy
MY FOOT IS TOO BIG FOR THE GLASS SLIPPER: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life
By: Gabrielle Reece
In 1997, former model and Women’s Beach Volleyball star Gabrielle Reece married the man of her dreams – professional surfer Laird Hamilton – and thought she would have it all. After filing for divorce a few years later, she soon realized that not every marriage or family looks like a fairy tale. In the end, they worked it out, but not without the minor hiccups and setbacks that beset every modern family. Wise, insightful, and laugh out loud funny, My Foot is Too Big For The Glass Slipper is a deeply helpful portrait of what it takes to survive the happily ever after.
For fans of: Gabrielle Reece’s memoir is somewhere between Chelsea Handler and Sheryl Sandberg – the right mix of humor and wisdom.
By: Jennifer Gilmore
Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Jesse and Ramon spend their time waiting for the phone call that will bring them a child. From acclaimed author of Something Red and Golden Country, both New York Times Notable Books, comes a moving and poignant novel about one couple’s journey trying to adopt a child. As heartbreaking as it is hysterically funny, The Mothers is an unforgettable story of contemporary motherhood.
For fans of: Meg Wolitzer or Ann Hood
By: Philippa Gregory
#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory offers a novel of conspiracy and a fight to death for love and power at the court of King Edward IV of England. Full of betrayal, scheming, and political maneuvering, The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping tale of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and his two daughters, Anne and Isabel, used as pawns in his political games.For Fans of: The Other Boleyn Girl – fans will love this tale of two sisters, written in Philippa Gregory’s signature style.
By: Mary Higgins Clark
When their family-owned furniture company in Long Island City explodes one night, sisters Kate and Hannah Connelly find themselves caught in the middle of a dark family secret. Worse, Kate barely escaped the flames and is now hospitalized in a coma, suffering from life-threatening injuries. Hannah can’t understand why Kate would be in the warehouse at that hour of the night – and doesn’t realize that the people who could cause the most harm are right in the hospital with her. Riveting, perplexing, and satisfying, the beloved Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark does it again in this page-turning novel.For Fans of: Agatha Christie, and all of Mary Higgins Clark’s earlier mysteries!