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8 Books for Your Mother-Daughter Book Club

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Prepare for it to overtake your social media feeds. To help celebrate all the moms and mother figures in our lives, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite books to share with your reading-partner-in-crime. This list is Lorelai and Rory approved.

For when you've never quite gotten over your crush on JC Chasez…

“The Idea of You” by Robinne Lee
“The Idea of You” by Robinne Lee

You finally have something else to obsess about. This book follows a 39-year-old mom who has an affair with a 20-year-old boy band member. He’s basically a not-so-thinly veiled Harry Styles. And naturally, things get complicated quickly. It’s a smart take on a classic romance novel and will have you staying up all night to finish.

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For when historical fiction is your genre of choice...

“Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah
“Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah’s the master. This one’s all about love, loss, and family ties. It follows two sisters who are forced to reconnect with their estranged mother after the death of their father. We won’t spoil the secret that holds them together—or tore them apart—but know this: there’s a World War II twist and you’ll probably cry your heart out. Fans of “The Nightingale,” this one’s for you. 

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For when you love an updated classic…

“Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld
“Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld

This is a modern version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” It follows a thirty-something magazine writer and her yoga-teaching sister in NYC. After their father’s health scare, they go home to Ohio and their two other sisters, and see that things are kind of falling apart. Cue the entrance of a handsome doctor, a worrying mom, and a trashy TV show storyline that mirrors “The Bachelor.” And yes, the modern Mr. Darcy lives up to our (high) expectations.

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For when you can’t resist a buzzy thriller…

“The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy
“The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy

You’ve read “Gone Girl,” and “The Girl on the Train.” Now try this. It follows a group of Brooklyn moms after a wild night out. Cut to the next morning...and one of their kids is missing. There’s a media circus and secrets, plus some poignant commentary about the expectations of mothers. Kerry Washington’s set to star in the movie version so there’s your cherry on top if you weren’t sold already. 

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For when you and your mom both love “9 to 5”...

“My Life So Far” by Jane Fonda
“My Life So Far” by Jane Fonda

Enter Jane Fonda’s 2005 book. It’s everything you want from a celebrity memoir: Hollywood confessions, insight into her childhood, and some BTS moments that’ll have you glued to the page. She also gets candid about her entry into political activism and feminism, her longtime struggle with bulimia and body image, and more.

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For when you still talk about ‘that one time at summer camp’...

“The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer
“The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer

This is your dream book. It follows six teens from their time at an artsy summer camp to their wildly divergent adult lives in NYC years later. It’s a book that nails what it’s like to have long-term relationships and what happens when tragedy, success, money, and life get in the way. It’s a dreamy, relatable pick that’ll have you chatting with your mom about your friends from childhood.

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For when you’ve been having a lot of feelings lately...

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

Gottlieb’s book is a behind-the-curtain look at her own life—both as a person in therapy, and as a psychotherapist helping her own set of patients. It’s about what happens when she gets raw, real, and open—and you’ll be laughing and crying along the way. Oh, and Eva Longoria’s turning it into a TV show so now’s your chance to get ahead.

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For when you and your mom could use a heart to heart...

“All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung
“All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung can relate. Her memoir follows her adoption story — from childhood to adulthood —  as she navigates some hidden truths about her birth family. It’s all about the struggles of fitting in, and figuring out who you are. And is one you’ll desperately want to talk about after reading. Book club approved.

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase it, theSkimm may get something in return. Thanks.


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