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Books Mom Will Love 2016

Mother's Day

Books Mom Will Love 2016

Mother’s Day is a time to recognize the woman who raised and nurtured us. To celebrate, we gave you the opportunity to win books and goodies for you or the special lady in your life in our 11th annual "Books Mom Will Love" contest. Scroll down to see the five winners!


This year's featured titles are:

  • THE ALASKAN LAUNDRY by Brendan Jones
  • APPROVAL JUNKIE: Adventures in Caring Too Much, by Faith Salie
  • BETTER TOGETHER: Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone, by Jill Savage with Anne McClane
  • GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
  • IT TAKES ONE: An Audrey Harte Novel, by Kate Kessler
  • LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly
  • RELIANCE, ILLINOIS by Mary Volmer
  • A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
  • THE TURNER HOUSE by Angela Flournoy


Betty from Omaha, NE
Jan from Ocean, NJ
Sharon from San Diego, CA
Shaun from Parkville, MD
Sue from Cincinnati, OH
The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones - Fiction

Tara Marconi has made her way from Philly to “the Rock,” a remote island in Alaska governed by the seasons. Her mother’s death left her unmoored, with a seemingly impassable rift between her and her father. But in this majestic, rugged frontier, she works her way up the commercial fishing ladder --- from hatchery assistant all the way to king crabber. Disciplined from years as a young boxer, she learns anew what it means to work, to connect, and --- through an unlikely old tugboat --- how to make a home she knows is her own.

Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself by Faith Salie - Humor/Essays

Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval seeker --- an “approval junkie,” if you will. With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people --- especially women --- experience at home and in the workplace.

Better Together: Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone by Jill Savage with Anne McClane - Parenting

Are you trying to do this mothering thing alone? Are you so focused on the kids that you’re hungry for friendships of your own? Do you have great friendships that you want to make even better? Jill Savage, mother of five, knows those challenges well, and she’s here to help. Presenting a compelling vision of motherhood as a group effort among friends, BETTER TOGETHER shows how you can combat isolation, increase your social confidence, deepen your friendships, strengthen trust and increase your joy.

Girl Waits With Gun: A Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart - Historical Mystery

Constance Kopp towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding 15 years ago. One day, a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family --- and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

It Takes One: An Audrey Harte Novel by Kate Kessler - Mystery/Thriller

Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She'll have to face the whispers and the rumors that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was 13, she and her best friend, Maggie, killed Maggie's abusive father. Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Audrey can't believe it can get worse. Then Maggie turns up dead.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly - Historical Fiction

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday's world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 --- and then sets its sights on France. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.

Reliance, Illinois by Mary Volmer - Historical Fiction

With a birthmark covering half her face, 13-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother’s younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother’s deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town’s founder. Madelyn wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - Fiction

Abby and Red Whitshank, and their four grown children, have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the 21st century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy - Fiction

THE TURNER HOUSE is a domestic drama of African-American parents and the 13 children they brought up in Detroit. Angela Flournoy’s debut novel focuses on three of the adult children: Cha-Cha, the oldest, who has been plagued by visions of haints (apparitions); Lelah, the youngest, who has a gambling problem; and Troy, a cop who resorts to underhanded tactics to try to sell the family home, which is worth far less than its mortgage.