Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Books for Bookish Moms

Mother's Day is Sunday, if you didn't know. And if you still haven't gotten your mom anything to thank her for pushing you out of her body and then raising you, well, you might want to get on that.

Does your mom like to read? Maybe one of these books, which are about women and/or written by women, would make a great Mother's Day gift!

(I haven't read any of these books, but they are all on my to-read list. Links take you to each book's GoodReads page.)

Books for Inspiring Mom with Inspirational Women
The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
Infidel by Ayann Hirsi Ali
Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summitt
Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman, 90,000 Lives Changed by Hawa Abdi
Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future by Fawzia Koofi
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World by Holly Morris


Books for Fashionable Moms
Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us by Rachelle Bergstein
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg
Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by Tim Gunn


Books for Religious/Spiritual Moms
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth


Books for Moms Who Love to Laugh
Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yael Kohen
If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother by Julia Sweeney


Books for Moms Who Like Pop Culture
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Melissa Explains it All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life by Melissa Joan Hart
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller
I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer
Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton
All That is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd


Books for History-Buff Moms
Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in WWII by Bruce Myles
The Shriver Report: A Women's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink by Maria Shriver
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection by Debora L. Spar
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture by Lilly J. Goren


Books for Literary Moms
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters by Andrea J. Buchanan
Desire: Women Write About Wanting by Lisa Solod Warren


Books for Moms Who Just Can't Be Boxed Into a Category
30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30 by Pamela Redmond Satran
...And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man by Connie Schultz
The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation by Sharon Lerner
The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married by Iris Krasnow
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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