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10 Must-Reads for Mom
Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Or maybe you’re a mom looking for the perfect read? Check out some of these must-reads.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
Award winning author and poet, Maya Angelou gives readers a look into one of the most intimate and special relationships in life – the bond between mother and child. While Angelou’s mother was absent for much of her life, they began a deeper relationship later in life – this book tells that story. Like any mother-daughter relationship, there are highs and lows, but Angelou beautifully chronicles each of those moments
Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives by Jean Shinoda-Bolen
Shinoda-Bolen is a psychoanalyst who developed a method of identifying female archetypes – in this book she discusses the powerful effects that cultural stereotypes have on women and the archetypal forces that influence them. She makes suggestions for helping women identify their inner goddesses for greater confidence, creativity and happiness.
What My Mother gave me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most by Elizabeth Benedict
This book includes 30 stories from bestselling novelists about gifts from their mothers that deeply affected them in some way. Powerfully emotional and each unique stories about mothers and daughters at different stages in life. Writers that contributed to this book include Joyce Carol Oates, List See and Cecilia Munoz.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
In this novel the author depicts the Plumb family as they struggle to keep things together to obtain their father’s inheritance. Four siblings with a strained family relationship work together to help their oldest brother with alcohol addiction or risk losing the inheritance that each so desperately need. This piece of fiction will keep mom turning the pages as Sweeny reveals their unique yet relatable family dynamic.
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower
Bestselling author Kate Anderson Brower depicts the inspiring and challenging role of first Lady of the United States from Jackie Kenney to Michelle Obama. She tells the story of struggle as the public scrutinizes how they raise their children and maintain a collected attitude in the wake of a bustling and ruthless Washington. The stories render readers both touched and shocked.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
The author brings to light the grace and ferocity that is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a book that is beautifully depicted though photographs, illustrations and story. Shana Knizhnik was a law student when she began a Tumbler blog all about the “Notorious RBG” following the Justice’s unconventional dissents from the bench that earned the public’s attention and launched her to pop-culture fame.
Author, speaker and mom, Lara Casey, inspires women through encouraging prose and a step-by-step guide on embracing life and ditching the overwhelming feelings of inadequacy rampant in society today. She uses a gardening theme to show readers how then can plan and plan the seeds to cultivate a life of happiness and satisfaction.
Author, blogger, designer and mom, Emily Ley gives practical strategies for de-cluttering and re-organizing your life to live with more intention. She is honest about her struggles as a parent and wife and tells the story of how she began to simplify her life and pursue her dreams. Ley is also the creator of the Simplified Planner® and creates printables on her blog to help stay organized.
Sincero is perhaps an unconventional life coach – inspiring through wit and colorful language, she offers the reader a quick and meaningful read that will have them engaging in both laughter and deep thought. She gets real about how she felt about self-help when she was in search of inspiration and how she changed her mindset to allow herself to trust in the possibility of her own success.
Hollis is nothing less than authentic. She is a mom, author, blogger and entrepreneur who was launched to fame for a post on her blog in which she bore it all in a bikini – revealing post-baby stretch marks and cellulite. In her book she debunks the myth that life for bloggers like herself and celebrities is as picturesque as it appears on Instagram. Hollis now lives in L.A. where she attended college, but grew up in “a big loud Okie family”.