Five Great Books for Mother’s Day

 

From the celebration of motherhood and the timeless bonds of family to inspiring stories for getting what you want no matter your age, here are 5 great reads for the ladies in your life.

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BIRDING WITH YEATS by Lynn Thomson

This beautifully wrought memoir from Toronto bookseller Lynn Thomson is a reflection on motherhood, family life and the joys of nature. Her teenage son Yeats, struggling to find his own way against the pressures to conform, has always found solace in the natural world. As mother and son discover a mutual love for bird watching, they embark on wondrous trips from the Wye Marsh and Pelee Island to Vancouver Island and the Galapagos. With each bird-watching expedition, they grow closer, but at the same time, Lynn feels her son starting to pull away, and she knows it’s time to let him go.

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Listen-to-the-Squawking-ChickenLISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN: WHEN MOTHER KNOWS BEST, WHAT’S A DAUGHTER TO DO? A MEMOIR (SORT OF) by Elaine Lui

When Canadian celebrity gossip writer and TV personality Elaine Lui was growing up her mother told her: “Why do you need to prepare for the good things that happen? They’re good. They won’t hurt you. My job is to prepare you for the hard times, and teach you how to avoid them, whenever possible.”

Her unconventional child-rearing style blends Chinese fortune telling, feng shui blackmail and good old-fashioned guilt, shame and embarrassment. And while she often chafed against her mother’s fierce filial tradition (on her own birthday Elaine calls her mother to thank her for giving birth to her), she comes to respect the value of her mother’s lessons and tributes her for setting her on the path to self-efficiency and success.

Squawking Chicken is a funny and compassionate tribute to her mother’s life and the difficulties she overcame as an immigrant in Toronto, but most of all it’s a moving mother-daughter love story that you’ll want to devour in one sitting.

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marlo-thomas-25907a9a-42d5-4fe6-ae9b-5f929a6540d6IT AIN’T OVER … REINVENTING YOUR LIFE AND REALIZING YOUR DREAMS – ANYTIME, AT ANY AGE by Marlo Thomas

Meet sixty amazing women who prove it’s never too late to live out a dream, whether it’s launching a new business, getting a PhD, finding love, embarking on a cross-country adventure or going to med school and becoming a doctor at 50. This collection of profiles, by actress and bestselling author Marlo Thomas, features women of all ages and circumstances who found the courage to indulge a creative impulse, fill a void or overcome adversity to make big life changes and rebuild their lives.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (The Clifton Chronicles #4) by Jeffrey Archer

The multi-generational family drama from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer continues as the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties. This addicting and epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal, is a perfect escape for a lazy day of relaxing.

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THE FAMILY COOKS: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You by Laurie David

The family that cooks together stays together. These 100+ simple and tasty recipes, by author and activist Laurie David, are designed to bring the kids and grandkids into the fun. Make memories in the kitchen and introduce happy and healthy eating habits. (Laurie David’s new documentary Fed Up! is produced with Katie Couric.)

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