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A few of my favourite books for Mom...

If your mom loves books, here are a few ideas that will allow her to just sit back and enjoy the hammock on Mother's Day! And, while you are at it, why not build her a hammock too. Inside her book gift, leave an "I owe you a hammock" message.



Listen To The Squawking Chicken is a hilarious read, even though at times the memoir feels like a self-therapeutic writing exercise for Lainey. But writing helps us face our past, doesn’t it? And, in doing so, we come to the truth and can move forward with our lives. That’s my takeaway from the memoir, a tribute to her mom. Her unique homage, in an age where Amy Chua’s Tiger Mom dominates the conversation of Asian centric parenting, is refreshingly comedic with serious undertones.

2. HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman’s debut novel How To Be A Good Wife is eerily well paced. The novel introduces us to Marta, a housewife and empty-nester, married to Hector, a man 20 years her senior. Their only son, Kylan, has moved to the city to work in a bank, and Marta is having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that the love of her life may never come back.

3. NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl

A beautiful young girl, Ashley Cordova who is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her father is the legendary Stanislas Cordova, famed film director of 15 psychological thrillers. But the burning question behind Night Film, is who exactly is Stanislas Cordova. 

I don’t want to give too much away about the book. It’s a new type of storytelling – laden with smart use of new media. For a look at the trailer of the book, click here. 

4. THE LOST SISTERHOOD by Anne Fortier

Rules of the Sisterhood:
  • They must never again consort with men
  • They must learn to kill rather than love
  • They must subject themselves to having one breast seared off, in order to better pull the bow
The myth of the ancient Amazons is brought to life in this imaginative adventure that reads like an Indian Jones movie. I kept thinking of the title as Indiana Jane Meets The Temple Of The Moon Goddess. 

5. THE BEAR by Claire Cameron

You just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Misfortune happens. Who’s to blame?

Claire Cameron’s new book, The Bear, is narrated in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, who is camping with her parents, and younger brother. Read more...

6. THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri

From acclaimed storyteller, Jhumpa Lahiri, comes a novel layered with political, social and personal entanglements. Two brothers, born just after the Second World War, in Tollygunge, are inseparable as children, unaware at that time that later in life their destinies are slated to traverse very different paths. Read more...

7. HAPPIER AT HOME by Gretchen Rubin

Happier at Home is a delightful book to help you get more positive from the acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin

Cheerfulness is contagious, and crabbiness is even more contagious.


8. THE BUTLER SPEAKS by Charles MacPherson

When I first heard about this book, I became giddy with glee. As a long time fan of Charles MacPherson, or as he is fondly referred to on the Marilyn Denis show as Charles the Butler, I’ve always found his advice poignant, proper and practical. 

9. THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden

Winner of Canada Reads 2014, the book tactfully reminds us that history is living; it need not be the static artifice of letters penned years ago by the victors. As long as those in power are in the position to nation build and preserve they must also reconcile the viewpoints of aggrieved parties. As The Orenda illustrates, history is no different than the parable of the blind men and the elephant: everyone has their perspective and their stories need to be told.

10. THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a story of a painting that makes its way into a young thirteen-year-old boy’s life. And it does under the saddest of circumstances. Theo Decker, is orphaned when a bomb attack in a museum takes the life of his mother. 


Have fun. Pamper mom. And come back and tell us your Mom's favourite books in the comments below. We'd love to share and tweet your faves. (Don't forget to leave us your Twitter handle too). HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

By @ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)