Celebrating motherhood with some amazing books!
May 18, 2023 at 6:30:00 AM
Hello, fellow Booknerds,
Guess we are a bit late, but wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!
Most of the mothers we know are readers just like us!
After all, we grew up listening to their stories and the unique fairytales they would tell us before bed.
It's time to show some love and what better way to do so than by gifting them a great book? These gifts aren't just for Mother's Day - they can put a smile on anyone's face all year round.
So, let's dive into some book recommendations for the wonder woman in your life.
1. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
This book is an absolute must-read for any mother. In this memoir, Michelle Obama shares her journey from being a little girl on the South Side of Chicago to becoming the first African American First Lady of the United States.
Her story is one of perseverance, determination, and hope. It is a great reminder that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Your mom is sure to have tears in her eyes and a big smile on her face while reading this book!
2. “Scar on the Moon” by Sandesh Raj
This book addresses the sensitive issue of colourism and discrimination, through the story of Chandrika, a dusky young woman who has faced social exclusion and pressure to conform to beauty standards her entire life.
Despite these challenges, Chandrika joins the police force and becomes embroiled in a high-profile murder case, where she meets Varunika, a gorgeous and captivating model who represents everything Chandrika aspires to be.
The book is a thought-provoking exploration of the themes of identity, self-worth, and moral values, and how they are often at odds with societal pressures and beauty standards.
3. "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
If your mother is a creative soul, then "Big Magic" is the perfect gift for her. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love," shares her insights and wisdom on how to live a more creative life.
She encourages readers to embrace their curiosity, follow their passions, and not be afraid to take risks. This book is both inspiring and practical, making it a great gift for any mother looking to explore her creativity.
4. “Tears of My Motherland” by Ranabir Sen
This book tells the poignant story of Indian migrants who remained in South East Asian countries, Vietnam and the Philippines, after the end of the Japanese onslaught in August 1945 and the sudden death of Netaji Subhash Bose.
The book explores the theme of identity and belonging, as these migrants ask the question, "Where do we belong?" even after 75 years. The reader is taken on a tearful journey of the struggles, sacrifices, and resilience of these migrants, providing a touching perspective on the human experience of displacement and the search for a home.
5. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
If your mother enjoys historical fiction, then "The Nightingale" is a must-read. This novel tells the story of two sisters living in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
The sisters' bravery and resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors are both heart-wrenching and inspiring. This book is a tribute to the strength of women during one of the darkest times in history.
6. “It Was Not Gold” by Ashok Bhasin
The book follows the story of a young lawyer, Anitha, who takes an unusual plea before the court on behalf of two passengers caught with 40 kgs of gold at customs. Upon testing, the gold is found to be made of brass, leading to suspicion of substitution.
Join your mother as she sets off unofficially to solve the mystery of the missing gold! The book keeps the reader engaged with its intriguing plot and well-crafted characters. Not to mention the latest hardback edition that has left us in awe.
7. "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan
This is a classic novel that explores the relationships between Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. Through a series of interconnected stories, Amy Tan examines the challenges and joys of motherhood, cultural identity, and the power of storytelling.
This book is a beautiful tribute to the bond between mothers and daughters. It is a relatable read and a great gift for any mother who loves a good story.
8. “The Sonata of Secrets” by Indrani Talukdar
This page-turner is a thrilling crime story with a unique twist - its protagonist is a music professor at a local college who uses her knowledge of classical music to solve a murder mystery. It shows us how corrupt individuals exist all around us while still immersing readers in the world of art!
The story is set in a hostile neighbourhood and the protagonist is plagued by disturbing memories, making for a compelling and suspenseful read. The book seamlessly weaves music and crime together, providing an exciting and unusual take on the genre.
9. "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown
Motherhood can be a challenging journey filled with ups and downs. In "The Gifts of Imperfection," Brené Brown explores the power of vulnerability and encourages readers to embrace their imperfections.
She shares practical tips and insights on how to cultivate self-love, build resilience, and live a more authentic life. This book is a great gift for any mother who needs a reminder that she is enough just as she is.
10.“Finding Graham” by Ranabir Sen
This book tells the heartwarming story of the Dutta family, spread across multiple cities and continents, who have been searching for their missing relative Ramesh Dutta for seven decades. Your mom is sure to experience all the emotions while reading it!
The book beautifully explores the theme of family and how blood ties can endure over time and distance. The reader is taken on a journey of revelations that culminate in a heartening resolution for the Dutta family.
That's it for this special edition of our newsletter. We hope these book recommendations have inspired you to find the perfect gift for the special woman in your life.
Team Booknerds is gearing up for its live session with Bhavya Jain on May 21, 2023!
We are so excited to discuss her book, “A Dismantle Approach of Likes, Retweets, and Forwards”. Check it out if you want to learn more about social media and the unexpected double-edged that it can become!
Happy reading, and Happy Mother's Day - all day, every day!