Books can be uncannily good gifts because they’re not temporary, use-and-throw things. They gift people not material things but memories of a lifetime, the joy of discovery and the bliss of wisdom and knowledge. They are investments in the person to gift them to – mementos of growth and transformation. Here are 10 books that are perfect gift for mothers.

Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers - Not Without My Daughter
10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers – Not Without My Daughter

This book follows the escape of a woman and her daughter from an abusive household in Iran. What ensues is the story of the resilience of a mother and conflicts of faith. Not is this a touching story about motherhood but also the story of the rise of feminism, something that mothers will appreciate.

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

10 Best Books To Gift your Mom - The Bastard of Istanbul
10 Best Books To Gift your Mom – The Bastard of Istanbul

This book is basically the quest of a Turkish daughter and son (separately) for their mother and home. When they reach their home, they discover it is full of women – the men of the family are cursed. The mother is a modern woman without inhibitions, and there are several aunties and a grandmother besides. What unravels is a story of family, motherhood and relationships.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake
The Namesake

This story follows the life of an immigrant family in America, and traces the highs and lows of diaspora. We follow the story of an arranged marriage, and the couple then moves to America. Here Ashima gives birth to a boy, named after his Russian namesake, Gogol. From Gogol’s identity crisis to his relation with his family, this book is a feast for motherly minds.

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers - Save Me The Plums
10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers – Save Me The Plums

No matter how cliché this might be, a lot of mothers love cooking. This memoir, which traces the culinary journey of a world famous gourmet, is a fantastic ode to cooking. Not only will a food loving mother enjoy this book thoroughly, but will also gain some insight and knowledge about food. If your mother loves cooking, this is the book for her.

Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair

10 Best Books To Gift your Mom - Ladies Coupe
10 Best Books To Gift your Mom – Ladies Coupe

In this book, a middle aged woman unsatisfied with her life takes a train and finds herself questioning her womanhood. This book is about empowering women, especially those past the prime of their lives, and will delight your mother. Th

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement

This is the story of two Chinese women in search of their identity in the imperial age. Spanning time and space, this historical fiction revolves around the relationships of women, which is always a welcome subject for mothers.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers - A Thousand Splendid Suns
10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers – A Thousand Splendid Suns

This is a story of not just motherhood but also womanhood. The story revolves around two women, Mariam and Laila, who get married to the same man Rasheed. Rasheed remarries when Mariam doesn’t bear him a child. Laila is pregnant with Aziza, the daughter of another man and soon she bears Rasheed a son. Henceforth, the story revolves around the conflicts in their patriarchal life as well as the relationship between the children and their two mothers and a father.

Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

10 Best Books To Gift your Mom - Mom and Me and Mom
10 Best Books To Gift your Mom – Mom and Me and Mom

Celebrated author Maya Angelou’s memoir about motherhood is a beautiful book to gift your mother. In this, she tells her own story and reveals the pitfalls and exaltations of being Vivian Baxter’s daughter. In the process, she gives poignant insights about daughterhood and motherhood.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women
Little Women

As the title suggests, this classic is an ode to womanhood, and describes the challenges and exaltations of the process of becoming a woman. It does this through the tale of four sisters, all having different characters and backstories. As their lives intersect and converse, a poignant story unfolds.

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers - Burnt Sugar
10 Books That Are Perfect Gift For Mothers – Burnt Sugar

This is not a rosy rosy book about how mothers are the greatest people. This is a real book, and talks about the complicated, not-always-perfect yet beautiful relationship between a mother and daughter through the eyes of a Tara.

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