The CBC Books guide to Mother's Day shopping

We know you love your mom. But we also know how hard it can be to buy a present for her. We'll let you in on a little secret: books are always a good gift. Always! With that in mind, we present the CBC Books 2014 Mother's Day gift guide.




If your mom is always in the kitchen...

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Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon: These colourful and delicious recipes are sure to add cheer to any kitchen, while inspiring a healthy, wholesome diet too. You don't have to be vegan to enjoy Liddon's creations, and she has a handy breakdown of her pantry and tools she uses for those trying out an all-plant diet for the first time.




If your mom has a funny bone...

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Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui: Of course your mom would love a book that's uproariously funny, extremely heartfelt and also happens to be a love letter to someone's mother. Elaine Lui -- known to many as Lainey Lui, the celebrity gossip extraordinaire behind the site Lainey Gossip -- has produced a "sort-of memoir" that is a loving ode to Lui's loud, no-nonsense and always-right mother. (This gift also works if your mom reads Lainey Gossip!)




If your mom is a film fanatic..

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I Don't Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer: Judy Greer has been in pretty much everything, so if your mom is a film and television fan, she might even know who she is. Even if she doesn't, she'll love this humorous behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood through the eyes of one of its long-standing and much-loved perpetual sidekicks.


If your mom has a green thumb...

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Power Plants by Frankie Flowers: We bet your mom is always multi-tasking, so why shouldn't her garden be the beneficiary? Flowers' simple tips on growing your own natural remedies can enhance any green space, whether your mom is an expert gardener or an eager beginner.


If your mom tries to do it all...

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Naked Imperfections by Gillian Deacon: Deacon is known for her healthy, eco-friendly, active life -- so your mom probably loves her or loves to hate her. Either way, she should relate to Deacon's story of being a busy mom trying to do it all whose world gets turned upside down when she's diagnosed with breast cancer. Her struggle with losing control and efforts to reclaim her life are emotional and accessible, making it a great read for any mom facing the challenges of everyday life.


If your mom is the boss...

allin-584.jpgAll In by Arlene Dickinson: If your mom runs her own business, big or small, she'll appreciate this no-nonsense guide to being a successful entrepreneur from Dragons' Den star Arlene Dickinson. It covers all the basics of how making it on your own affects you professionally and personally.



If your mom is a bookworm...

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My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead: If your mom has ever had a powerful connection with a book, she'll appreciate Rebecca Mead's lifelong love affair with Middlemarch. Mead revisits the George Eliot classic every few years and has crafted a beautiful ode to how books can change us with this literary memoir.


If your mom has wanderlust...

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The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock: Encourage your mom to see the country she calls home. Whether she's looking for an adventure close to home or somewhere far away, she's sure to find inspiration in this ultimate Canadian travel guide.