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May 5, 2006 1:23 PM Subscribe
My mom loved The Secret Life of Bees
and The Year of Magical Thinking
. She couldn't get through much of The Time Traveler's Wife
. What else might she like?
posted by barnone to society & culture (30 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mom isn't a big reader but she'll generally have a book on the go. Right now she's having a rough time and I'd like to get her a few great books to read before going to sleep. She also kind of enjoyed the Life of Pi and I think she read A Million Little Pieces and enjoyed it. She doesn't like those books that are mindless fluff (like that Shopaholic series), but she's not into the Atwood heaviness either. I'm thinking about something like A Kiss from Maddalena, Frangipani, Middlesex, A Mermaid's Chair, or The Brothers K.
I haven't read most of those though (well, none other than Middlesex) so I'm not sure if they'd be appropriate. Things that I'd like to exclude: time travel, sci-fi, 'weird' stuff (c'mon, think about a mom book club), really depressing stories, old English or complicated prose/chronology. She wants a good read, it can be thoughtful or sad in places, but not overwhelmingly heart-breaking or juvenile.
Any suggestions? Would any of the ones I listed above work? I'll go browse though a dozen or two at the bookstore to pick out a few for her, so more recommendations would be much appreciated.