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Mother's Day Gifts

posted May 7, 2013, 11:26 AM by Holloway McCandless   [ updated May 8, 2013, 6:54 PM ]
Mother's Day Bouquet

Here are two good books to give for Mother's Day:

If I Loved You I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
I read this collection of short stories several years ago and it has held up well in my memory. These stories are literary, substantial, insightful, and largely about mothers. My original review of If I Loved You I Would Tell You This vanished with the website that published it, but I also wrote about the collection over at Litagogo.
You can get a sense of Robin Black's style by reading "A Country Where You Once Lived," a story from the collection that's available to read for free on the website for literary magazine "Hunger Mountain."

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
If your mom is fairly open-minded and outdoorsy, she will probably like Cheryl Strayed's memoir of walking the Pacific Crest Trail while coming to terms with the loss of her mother. Wild does get a little wild here and there, but it's never gratuitous. Strayed's honesty and self-examination are exceptional, as is the love she has for her mother. You can read an excerpt, The Ten Thousand Things, for free on Strayed's website (scroll down), or listen to Strayed in conversation with Diane Rehm on this podcast.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!