Moms may not normally star in the action-adventure stories we all love so much, but the job of raising kids is probably as rewarding (and, at times, harrowing) as saving the world. From reading bedtime stories to getting everybody to school on time to supporting their kids through the best and worst times, being a mother is no easy task—and one that probably deserves brunch and flowers every day. Whether you’re contemplating your own role as a mom or hoping to plan the best brunch ever for yours, these books offer some of our favorite ways to celebrate moms on Mother’s Day.
Mother Daughter Me
Katie Hafner’s memoir about three generations of women living together under one roof in what Hafner describes as an “experiment in multigenerational living.” All three move in carrying lots of emotional baggage—Hafner’s husband died suddenly years before, and her mother lost custody of her as a child due to excessive drinking. Mother Daughter Me is a moving recollection of the trials and triumphs of motherhood, a traversal through a painful past to a more hopeful future.
The 50 Best Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Start Mother’s Day off right by making your mom the tastiest breakfast she’s had all year. Whether she’s into sweets like Cinnamon-Apple Waffles or wants to stay on the savory side with Cheese Strata, there’s something fresh and easy to make for mom.
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You celebrates the everlasting bond of a mother and child. Nancy Tillman’s picture book follows a lone child through fantasy settings as they pick apples with giraffes and take afternoon naps with sheep, all with a trail of stars following close behind, a magical depiction of a parent’s love. After a big brunch on Mother’s Day, cuddle up with your child and this sentimental read.
My Mom, Style Icon
Piper Weiss pays homage to the evolutions in enviable women’s wear in My Mom, Style Icon. While you might’ve had your disagreements about fashion sense when you were growing up, as an adult it’s much easier to appreciate your mother’s style and grace. Thank your mom for passing on her fashion sense after flipping through these photographs of styles through the ages.
As a full-time job, being a mother can be tiring and frustrating. Particularly in this age of social media, when everyone’s pinning and tweeting pictures of their perfect lives, the pressure on moms has only increased. Motherhood Realized is a compilation of powerful stories you won’t find on Pinterest from moms about overcoming these temporary hurdles.
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