A small handful of flowers is sweet.
A package wrapped in an entire roll of duct tape comes from the heart, you know. Likewise, when Dad helps Kiddo buy chocolate, it’s much appreciated. But hey, drop a few hints here: what you really want for Mother’s Day is one (or more) of these great books…
For the mother of a child with special needs, “Ain’t That a Mother” by Adiba Nelson (Blackstone Publishing, $27.99) is a book about being a mother, daughter and caregiver. a child who needs you. It’s funny, but also serious and possibly useful, if Nelson’s life is anything like yours. Also look for Zain E. Asher’s “Where the Children Take Us” (Amistad, $27.99), the story of a woman who, through tragedy, becomes a single mother of four in an instant. This story of raising children in a not-so-good situation is one that shouldn’t be missed.
For a new mother or mother-to-be, you can’t go wrong with “Mom Milestones” by Grace Farris (Workman, $17.95). This cute and humorous book is filled with simple drawings, so it’s quick and easy to read. It’s also useful, in the long run, as it guides readers through the first seven years of motherhood.
The Woman Who Is Her Mother’s Mother Will Now Want Steph Jagger’s “Everything Left to Remember” (Flatiron Books, $27.99) is Jagger’s story of a road trip with her mother, who suffers from dementia. It’s a beautiful story made poignant – what’s about to be lost looms everywhere, but so does love.
Star moms will enjoy “Wise Up” by Karen Duffy (Seal, $28.00), who was an MTV-VJ and movie star long before she was someone’s mom. There’s plenty of advice in this book, inspiration, anecdotes that will help you understand some of the things that bother you the most, and an extremely satisfying number of side stories that are also perfect distractions.
The woman who is determined to keep her sewing, crafting, painting and writing skills up to date with baby will enjoy “The Baby on the Fire Escape” by Julie Phillips (Norton, $27.95), which examines the life of a a woman outside of being someone’s mom. How does creativity fit into motherhood? Can you also have small children and an artistic side? This book is suitable for artists and writers, of course, but it can also be aimed at those who are still working from home in hopes of making it even a little easier.
And finally, for the divorced mom who needs to hear from someone going through similar circumstances, “Moms Moving On” by Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, CDS (Simon Element, $26.99) is a book about co-parenting, conflict resolution and self-care. In short: it’s exactly what you want to read when the going gets tough.
If these books aren’t exactly your taste, be sure to ask your favorite bookseller or librarian for help. Apart from a handful of flowers, a box of chocolates, and a well-sealed box, they’ll know what you want: something new, useful, fun, and fun to read.
Books for Mother’s Day. circa 2022, various publishers $17.95 to $28.00 various number of pages