Yes, we know our first pick is cheating because Lauren Graham isn't actually a mom! But we figure that, because she's played pretty much our favorite mom of all time, Lorelai Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls, we can sneak her new book onto this list without too much fuss. Graham's solid debut novel focuses on Franny, a young woman living in New York City and trying to make it as a stage actress. Despite Franny's talent, she hasn't had much success in acting and has given herself a six-month deadline before she gives up on her dream. Moms will love the wit, the sense of humor and Franny's no-nonsense attitude in this book.
We've covered beloved Brat Pack babe Molly Ringwald's debut novel When It Happens to You before, but we wanted to mention it again because it's just that good. Ringwald writes with the sure hand of a seasoned writer, and these interconnected short stories are just as beautifully written as they are engaging. The result is a book that's absolutely worth reading, and now that it's in paperback, it would make the perfect gift for the mothers out there.
When actress Jessica Alba was a new mom, she was surprised at the lack of practical, yet healthy, guides to raising her child. She wanted to remove as much processed and unhealthy foods and household products from her family's life as possible, yet all of the books she found were difficult and not practical for a busy new mom who's trying to balance many different aspects of life.
Enter The Honest Life, Alba's guide for new moms who want to create a healthy environment for their child without having to sacrifice too much time, fun or style.
You may not think of funnywoman Tina Fey first and foremost as a mother, but trust us, you will once you've read her best-selling memoir/essay collection Bossypants.
The prayer for her daughter that she includes in her book is touching and heartfelt and will absolutely move any mom. Her observations on juggling motherhood and a thriving career are just one reason to pick up this amazing book. If you're looking for a real treat, try listening to this book on audio; Fey narrates it herself, and it's absolutely a wonderful listen.
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