Happy Mother’s Day

Another great day spent with a book

Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers’ Day! I have a mother, and so do you. I’ll spend much of today with my son’s mother, a pretty good example of why we have this holiday. I’ll also make that fateful long-distance phone call to my self’s mother.

Once the finger-painted cards have been delivered and the breakfast-in-bed dishes washed, why not curl up with these Mother’s-Day-appropriate book choices?

  • Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and everyone else. An obligatory choice for a day of comfort, the Chicken Soup books contain inspiring stories from the people who inspired them.
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua. I was just reading about Amy Chua last night in the latest issue of Time. While I hadn’t heard of the book before, I did recall the controversy from a few weeks ago about things she said in her book, things that implied that Chinese mothers were better because they were strict. Apparently, the actual words in a book are a little more subdued. But shock reporting and stereotypes are always good for ratings.
  • Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, by Mother Teresa. I admit it. I included this because the author’s name is “Mother.” But I’ve heard from reliable sources (i.e., people who have actually read the book) that it’s very compelling, and something that any mother might enjoy on their special day.

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