Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Your mother loves to read, but already owns every Jane Austen novel and secretly borrowed Fifty Shades of Gray from the library. This guide, culled from our recent featured Festival authors, should satisfy the cool moms on your list.
Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. She might dress up for Comic-Con, she’s pretty stoked about the new Star Wars, and she will love this National Book Award nominated dystopic novel.
Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning. Literally and figuratively heavy, the beauty, magic, heartbreak, and political turmoil of the 20th century Virgin Islands will overshadow that lightweight pulp fiction stocking the beach house.
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer. Your mom knows the difference between manga and ‘zines, and knows it’s a big deal that this is the first graphic novel awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Elena Passarello’s Let Me Clear My Throat. Always a woman who appreciates a good performance, she’ll recognize the bellow of “Stella!,” the distinct Pittsburgh accent, and the heartbreaking sound of Judy Garland singing.
Lucinda Hutso’s Viva Tequila! If she gets really into this book, you probably shouldn’t ask her to be your sous chef.
Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Day. Let’s be honest, she needs them in bed so she can start reading the stack of books on her nightstand. Maybe accompanied by a shot of good tequila.