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Books for Mom Year Round

Books for Mom All Year Long: our favorite books they'll love

When in doubt, give a book. Here’s a list of my favorite books about motherhood, mothering and motherhood in modern America that you can gift for Mother’s Day or anytime of the year. Or, now that the kids are back to school, you might be on the lookout for a new book.

I was struck by their love, their grief and their motherhood: The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs  (non-fiction) Read more here

I’m still carrying this story with me: Our Missing Hearts (fiction) by Celeste Ng Read more here

I love author, Emiko Jean, Portland, and this story of adoption and grappling with the life you’ve built and the life you want: Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

I’ve already told you about this book: Think Like a Breadwinner by Jennifer Barrett (non-fiction) Read more here

I resonated with this book & her musings of life and aging: I Guess I Haven’t Learned that Yet by Shauna Niequist

I appreciate the work of: Raising Anti-Racist Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide for Parents of White Children by Rebekah Gienapp

I sobbed so hard reading this and then Netflix made it into a show. The book is better and the recipes are divine!: From Scratch by Tembi Locke

I read this and then applied it right away: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eva Rodsky 

I hate to confess this. It took me a year to read this, but I needed the time to process: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Amelia Nagoski & Emily Nagoski

I wanted to eat this book and make all the recipes: Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, and Lyn Ngyugen with Elisa Ung

I’m in the middle of: Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change by Anglea Garbes  

What’s going on your To Be Read list and what are you gifting? 

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Hi, I’m Elicia.

A former educator in search of ways to pursue justice intentionally in a noisy world through products that spark conversation, connection & a stack of books on my nightstand.

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