A Mother's Day gift guide: 10 books your mother will love

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Need to buy mom a present? Why not get her a great book? No matter what kind of reader your mom may be, we have a suggestion for you.

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1. So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum

Rebecca Rosenblum(Photo: McClelland & Stewart / Dave Starrett)

What it's about: The disappearance of Catherine Reindeer sends her small community reeling. Told from a variety of perspectives from the people in the town - from her husband to those who barely knew her - So Much Love is a compelling literary thriller that explores how you move on after the worst has happened.

If your mom: can often be found curled up with the latest page-turner.


2. Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear

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What it's about: Acclaimed illustrator and author Kyo Maclear spends a year following a birdwatcher in an unlikely Canadian setting: Toronto. Throughout their time together, Maclear finds that art, nature and life are all, undeniably, connected.

If your mom: loves meditations on nature and art.


3. American War by Omar El Akkad

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What it's about: Set 50 years in the future, El Akkad's debut chronicles a lifetime spent on the losing side of war. Sarat Chestnut grows up in a refugee camp in the American South, which is embroiled in a civil war over fossil fuel use.

If your mom: has already re-read The Handmaid's Tale.


4. When You Find Out the World Is Against You by Kelly Oxford

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What it's about: When You Find Out the World is Against You is a collection of humour essays on life, motherhood and internet shenanigans from one of Twitter's funniest people, bestselling author Kelly Oxford.

If your mom: loves to laugh until it hurts.


5. Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy

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What it's about: Heavy summer storms unleash strange happenings for cinema proprietor Rose, who begins to have vivid dreams about living someone else's life. Little Sister marks a grand return to fiction for Barbara Gowdy; it's her first novel in a decade.

If your mom: is always reading the biggest names in CanLit.


6. Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro

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What it's about: A genre-bending adventure involving a famous comic artist who may or may not come from a different timeline and may or may not be the superhero Sputnik Chick.

If your mom: is looking to read something utterly unique.


7. Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

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What it's about: In the mid-21st century, clothing, food and shelter are easily manufactured by anyone possessing simple technology. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people begin simply "walking away" from society into the climate change-ravaged countryside.

If your mom: is a sci-fi nerd who enjoys theorizing about what the future will bring.


8. Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

Janie Chang

What it's about: Growing up in early 20th century China, Jialing knows she is an outcast from a young age because she is Eurasian. She is taken in as a servant and ends up befriending a 300-year-old animal spirit, who prepares her for a lifetime of turmoil.

If your mom: likes a touch of magic in her stories.


9. The Thunder Beneath Us by Nicole Blades

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What it's about: "It" girl Best Lightburn is a rising magazine writer and socialite in New York. Though her life appears perfect, she is haunted by a tragic secret from her past.

If your mom: loves a book with equal helpings of secrets and intrigue.


10. Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh

What it's about: Maureen dreams of escaping her oppressive mother "Sarge" and the nuns who run her school in St. John's, N.L. On a school trip to Expo 67 in Montreal, Maureen slips away and finds herself making a series of terrible decisions.

If your mom: has a soft spot for funny yet touching coming-of-age tales.

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