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Book recommendations for the mom who loves to read

If mom has extra time for reading these days, one of these might be a welcome Mother’s Day gift.
The cover of "Wow, No Thank You" by Samantha Irby.
The cover of "Wow, No Thank You" by Samantha Irby. [ Vintage Books ]
Published Apr. 30, 2020

With Mother’s Day coming up May 10, now is the time to order if you’re planning to give Mom a book. Keep our local bookstores in mind when you do — many of them provide mail order (maybe faster than Amazon these days) and some have curbside pickup. Here are four new books to consider.

For the mom who loves The Crown: Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner

Written by a woman who has been close to Queen Elizabeth since they were children and was lady in waiting to Princess Margaret for many years, this memoir takes readers inside the court as well as into Glenconner’s own remarkable life.

For the mom with a wicked sense of humor: Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

The latest no-holds-barred essay collection by Irby serves up plenty of her usual profane, sharp insights, from riffs on pop culture and candid talk about her personal struggles to her new status as a stepmother.

For the mom who looks forward to a beach book: Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

The latest book by the bestselling author and St. Petersburg native, about a high-powered reporter who finds herself back at her family’s small-town newspaper, delivers Andrews’ usual blend of mystery, romance and laughs.

For the mom who revels in a fierce mystery: Dead Land by Sara Paretsky

Unstoppable Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski returns for a case that ricochets from a mass shooting at a concert to the murder of a computer geek and expands into political and corporate corruption on an international scale.


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