9 Books for Mother’s Day

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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


God 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.

A 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.

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

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

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

Two 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.