Notable: As Mother’s Day nears, these new books are timely

Published May 11 2018


More about mothers

For Motherís Day, three new books offer a range of takes on motherhood.

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience (Random House) by Allison Pataki is a memoir by a novelist whose 30-year-old husband suffered a life-threatening stroke when she was five months pregnant with their child.

Motherhood: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co.) by Sheila Heti revolves around a childless woman in her late 30s struggling to make the choice between her social responsibilities and personal desires.

Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of Historyís Mightiest Matriarchs (Dey Street) by Jason Porath is a beautifully illustrated collection of brief biographies of 50 formidable moms, including Sojourner Truth, Sacajawea and Mother Jones.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor