Whether it brings a sweet smile or howls of laughter, one of these books might make for a happy Mother's Day next Sunday.
Awkward Family Photos (Three Rivers Press) by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack will make your clan's unfortunate portraits seem much better — screaming toddlers, dorky outfits, and wait until you see the family posing with their pet pythons.
Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation (Chronicle) by Lisa Quinn offers a TV personality's take-back-your-life tips, like interior finishes that hide the most dirt and 17 meals made from deli chicken.
Mom: A Celebration of Mothers From StoryCorps (Penguin), edited by Dave Isay, gathers transcripts of recorded conversations between mothers and their kids that range from touching to amazing; it might get you and your mom, or kids, talking, too.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor