9 Books for Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, give Mom the gift of peace, quiet and the opportunity to curl up with one of the season’s hottest new reads


books-GODHELPGod Help the Child: A Novel is 84-year-old Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s story about a light-skinned black mother and the blue-black daughter she can barely bring herself to touch.

Books-WATERSEDGEA young American woman finds the conflict of the Second World War reflected in her own search for self and meaning in Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge.

books-DADDYLENINTwo-time Governor General Award winner Guy Vanderhaeghe publishes his first short fiction collection in 20 years with Daddy Lenin and Other Stories.

books-beyondthepaleFolklore scholar and journalist Emily Urquhart’s Beyond the Pale balances the history of albinism with a memoir of parenting a child with the condition.

betterman_betterBest-selling Canadian author and Zoomer contributor Leah McLaren chronicles a dysfunctional marriage with a unique twist in A Better Man.

books-jackofspadesTwo masters of the page-turner offer new fiction for fans to sink their teeth into: Joyce Carol Oates’ Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense and James Patterson’s 14th Deadly Sin.



Jon Ronson takes us into the lives of high-profile online shamers, victims and participants and makes us witness to the aftermath in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.


In Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson reconstructs the stories of lives aboard the luxury liner and the German submarine that destroyed it 100 years ago this month.