5 Books to Read For Mother’s Day
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve comprised a list of some of the best books for mothers and daughters to read together. These books exemplify the complexity of mother-daughter relationships and create room for reflection. Some of these are tough reads, but who better to discuss them with than Mom? So without further ado, here’s our list of the Top 5 Books To Read In Honor Of Mother’s Day.
This is a book that my mother actually gave to me because she enjoyed it so much. It is about a young girl named Lily Owens who moves to South Carolina with her mother figure Rosaleen. When Lily was a girl her mother passed away, a memory that is slightly blurry to her. She moves to South Carolina, meets a group of honey-harvesters, and finds herself. It’s a story of loss and female empowerment that will resonate with mother and daughter alike.
Told from the point of view of four Chinese American mothers and their daughters, The Joy Luck Club is about growth and acceptance. The four mothers must wrap their heads around the fact that their daughters are often more attuned to American culture than their Chinese heritage, while their daughters learn to embrace their mothers for who they are, despite their differences. All must come to terms with their pasts—and look forward into the future.
This novel revolves around a young girl named Bee who lives in Seattle with family and eccentric mother Bernadette. Bernadette isn’t entirely happy with her life, and while planning a family trip to Antarctica goes missing. Bee’s search for her mother is told through emails and memos, and creates for a high-stakes, heartbreaking story.
Author, mother, and wife Lucy Barton develops a complication after a routine surgery and spends weeks in the hospital recovering and reflecting on her life, including her dysfunctional and chaotic childhood. During her stay, her estranged mother comes to visit, giving them a chance to reconnect after years of silence.
This isn’t the happiest of mother-daughter books, but it’s one of the most beautifully written. Taking place in the aftermath of the Civil War, Sethe and her daughter Denver have escaped a life of slavery on the Sweet Home plantation to live in a home Sethe believes is haunted by the ghost of her dead child. One day, a woman shows up at the house baring the name Beloved, the word inscribed on Sethe’s daughters tombstone, and a terrible truth emerges from Sethe’s past. This haunting novel depicts a mother’s love that is extreme and also destructive, and examines how slavery inflicted lasting damage on African American families.