There are Girls like Lions: Poems about Being a Woman
Poetry collections make great gifts for moms—and especially those who might feel like they haven’t had time to read. We love this small, gorgeously illustrated collection of 30 poems from the likes of the late Mary Oliver and poet laureate Tracy K. Smith about being a woman. It’s the perfect book for mom to read in one sitting or pick up as she pleases.
Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?, by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast
Is your mom the queen of wit? Does she have the best zingers? Then she’ll love Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? Author Marx collected her opinionated mother’s best one-liners into a little book that’s illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Chast. Gems like “Humming is hostile” will have you both rolling on the floor laughing.
The Goodbye Diaries, by Marisa Bardach Ramel and Sally Bardach
In this deeply moving memoir, tight-knit mother-daughter duo Marisa Bardach Ramel and the late Sally Bardach share their experiences of coping with Sally’s terminal cancer diagnosis in the last months of her life. Though it’s a memoir about grief and loss, it’s also as much a tribute to the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters.
The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
If your mom loves to lose herself in big, epic novels along the lines of The Queen of the Night or Pachinko that she can lose herself in, she’ll love See’s latest, The Island of Sea Women, about two friends working in their Korean village’s all-female diving collective. Their bond is tested as they come of age against a backdrop of war, social change, and technological advancements. What’s even cooler: See based her novel on a real place, Jeju, where men take care of children while women work as divers. This is a novel about women who are strong as your own mom.
Women in Sunlight, by Frances Mayes
If your mom loved Under the Tuscan Sun (or the delightful movie adaptation starring Diane Lane), she’ll love reading this new title from Mayes. In this story, Kit Raine is an American writer living in Tuscany, when three recently retired American women move into the mansion next door. This warm novel follow Kit and the trio as they spend a year together on an Italian adventure, exploring the rich culture around them and becoming closer as friends.