And do we have books (and DVDs and CD Audiobooks) about mothers! Mothers of all varieties; working mothers, stay at home mothers, divorced mothers, single mothers, teenage mothers, surrogate mothers, foster mothers, and even mothers of presidents. And as many books on mothers and daughters or mothers and sons as you could think to read (or view or listen to).
Recent books about mothers and daughters include Lisa Scottoline’s humorous Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s beautiful generational novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, Amy Gentry’s psychologically suspenseful Good as Gone, or Kimberly Williams Paisley’s heartrending biography, Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again.
Good choices in the mothers and sons subject area include The Nix, Nathan Hale’s recent bestseller about family secrets and self-realization, Anderson Cooper’s The Rainbow Comes and Goes : a Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss, the fascinating collection of correspondence between Cooper and his mother, the celebrated Gloria Vanderbilt or Lisa Scottoline’s psychological thriller, One Perfect Lie.
In the teenage mothers category you can find Pam Jenoff’s The Orphan’s Tale, a World War II historical fiction novel or maybe you missed the 2014 film Philomena starring Judi Dench and Stephen Frears. Single mothers? How about Zoe Fishman’s poignant Inheriting Edith, Jojo Moyes romantic One Plus One, or maybe some binge watching with the ever-popular Gilmore Girls!
Surrogate mothers, Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. Working mothers, Bad Moms (what else?) the recent comedy hit starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn or Maureen Sherry’s funny Walls Street insider novel, Opening Belle. In the stay-at-home category, there is Emily Giffen’s Heat of the Matter, or Kristin Hannah’s Night Road.
And finally, if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be Mom to the Commander in Chief, look for First Mothers: the Women Who Shaped the Presidents, a well researched work of non-fiction by Bonnie Angelo.
Happy Mother’s Day!