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Mother's Day must-reads

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

A book for every mom

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and we say there's no better gift than a book. And whether the mom in your life is a memoir lover or a hopeless romantic, there's a novel that will satisfy her craving. Read on for our list of Mother's Day must-reads.

For the memoir-loving Gen Xer mom

Jeneration XJeneration X by Jen Lancaster
by Jen Lancaster

May 1

If the mom in your life is ready to laugh, there's almost no author funnier than Jen Lancaster. The full title of her book is Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what makes Lancasters's latest memoir so hilarious.

This book will appeal to all but in particular the Gen Xer mom who will laugh and relate as Lancaster, a Gen Xer herself, explores what it means to finally decide to grow up — sort of. Jen confronts everything from buying a home to perimenopause to a home-waxing kit. Let the comedy ensue!


For the hopeless romantic mom

Overseas Overseas by Beatriz Williams
by Beatriz Williams

May 10

Debut author Beatriz Williams proves herself as an author to watch (and read!)  with her masterful debut, Overseas. It's the ultimate romantic novel about a true love that transcends time and space. It's the story of Kate Wilson, a bookish young banker, who is surprised when she catches the eye of Julian Laurence, Manhattan's most eligible bachelor... and a love story begins.

But did the story start in this time or in France during World War I? Back then Kate was a mysterious American woman who saved the life of Julian, then Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer. It seems unimaginable and a secret Kate and Julian can't face unless they can trust in a love that knows no boundaries of time.


For the mom who loves a roman a clef (and Bethenny Frankel)

SkinnydippingSkinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel
by Bethenny Frankel

May 1

Three-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel definitely makes a "splash" with her fiction debut, Skinnydipping. Perfect for the mom who wants some fiction with a side of Bethenny, she'll love diving into this story. Skinnydipping is fiction, but clearly has undercurrents of Bethenny Frankel's real life running through it.

Faith Brightstone moves to Los Angeles fresh out of college,  determined to have it all despite her loud-mouth and tell-it-like-it-is style (sound like anyone we know?). When LA doesn't work out, Faith packs it up back to New York with her dog, Muffin. (Or could it be Bethenny's real-life dog, Cookie?) Back in the Big Apple, Faith finally finds her niche as an entrepreneur and lands a spot on a reality show hosted by her idol (remember when Bethenny was on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart?). And as the show comes to an end, she meets the man of her dreams. Will she choose love or career?

Bethenny Frankel finds success yet again with this sassy and delicious debut.


For mom and daughter to read together

So Far Away
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Mooreby Meg Mitchell Moore

May 29

Meg Mitchell Moore's sparkling debut, The Arrivals, grabbed the attention of readers and critics alike with its honest and real portrayal of the drama that ensues when three adult siblings move back under their parents' roof. And now she's back with So Far Away, another masterful portrayal of family — this time a mother longing for her lost daughter and a daughter trying to escape from her parents' ugly divorce.

A perfect book for a mother and daughter to read together, So Far Away begins with thirteen-year-old Natalie's discovery of a dusty old diary and her desire to unlock its secrets. Natalie's research leads her to Kathleen, an archivist who has her own painful secret — she's a widow estranged from her only daughter. Together Natalie and Kathleen connect through the discovery of their pasts, hoping to change their futures.

Pre-order this novel for the Mom in your life and give her a copy of Meg Mitchell Moore's fabulous debut novel, The Arrivals, out in paperback on May 8.


For the mom who loves chick lit

The Rock Star in Seat 3AThe Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman
by Jill Kargman

May 22

So many of us have been there — sitting on an airplane and wondering who will be our seatmate. The Rock Star in Seat 3A takes this concept to a whole new level when Hazel gets upgraded to first class and ends up next to her A-list crush, Finn Schiller. And it just so happens that Finn Schiller is on Hazel's list, and her boyfriend has already given her a free pass should she ever meet him. Well, not only does she meet him, but there's a romantic connection. And before she knows it, Hazel must decide which path she wants her life to take.

The Rock Star in Seat 3A is a must-read for any chick lit-loving mom. She'll love to escape with this lighthearted and LOL funny rock-n-roll Cinderella fantasy.

Pre-order this book for Mom and also give her a copy Kargman's collection of hilarious essays (some about mommyhood), Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut.


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