|Found these babies at the Bellevue Farmers Market|
If you're actually going to see Mom on the all-important day, you can still treat her to a book, however. And don't forget that University Book Store provides free gift-wrapping!
Moms come in all shapes, sizes and reading tastes, so I've come up with a selection of choices for you (some snarky, to be given at your own risk):
For the mom who worries she didn't raise you kids right and wonders what will happen when she's gone: Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants. Half train-wreck, half poignant story of figuring life out and cobbling it back together, this was a wonderful book. Several things had to be cut for the also-very-fine George Clooney movie, so even if you saw the movie it's more than worth the read. And--bonus--if she hates the book, she can watch George Clooney and tell you she liked it.
For the romance-reading, time-travel-loving mom: Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea. Scottish men? Check. Long, flowing hair on cover? Check. Plucky heroine with sense of humor? Check. Kinda predictable ending (have you ever read a romance without one)? Check. If your mom liked Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, but you're too embarrassed to get her a book with so much sex, this might work.
For the mom who watches the news too much and therefore worries something horrible will happen to you kids: Midnight in Peking by Paul French. A true-crime book set in the waning days of Peking before the Japanese invasion, this story has everything: a motherless young woman's horrific murder, a grieving father's checkered past and search for justice, an international cover-up, seamy back alleys and brothels--heck! even nudist excursions. She'll lap the book up, but don't expect her to let you go meet friends at the ice rink anymore or bike the Burke-Gilman Trail.
For the mom who subscribes to People magazine and knows what's going on with Lindsay Lohan way before you do: Catherine McKenzie's Spin. This fictional confection features an alcoholic would-be journalist going undercover at a posh rehab resort to get the scoop on another inmate, a star referred to as TGND (The Girl Next Door). Like The Descendants, this book is half train-wreck, half froth, and wholly fun (yes, I know the fractions don't add up).
And finally, the book I dedicated to my own mother this year, The Beresfords. Not because my mom was a drug-addict like Frannie's and I had to be taken in by rich stepcousins, but because it's a book about love and family and finding your way, with a lot of redemption thrown in.
Happy Mother's Day to you all out there, and happy reading!