Originally posted on Kirkus:

Motherhood: Everyone has an opinion about how it should be done, but fewer people know how to do it well. And those who do it well all seem to do it differently. To honor our moms, we list 10 books this week for 10 different kinds of reading moms. A book is a thoughtful way to give something personal that won’t bankrupt you. And the books in this week’s list are certain to start a conversation between you and the woman who put you here in the first place.

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  • For the mom who cherishes family:

    Susan Wiggs' <em>The Apple Orchard</em>: Antiques treasure hunter Tess Delaney lives a high-octane existence and is on the cusp of the success she's fought for, so now may not be the best time to question everything; but as events pile up and secrets are uncovered, forcing her to re-evaluate, she may find that a perfect life she never dreamed of is within her reach. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/susan-wiggs/apple-orchard/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For the mom struggling to balance work and motherhood:

    Meg Wolitzer's <em>The Ten Year Nap:</em> A wise, witty assessment of the contemporary dilemmas of middle-class mothers (in particular: to work or not to work), set in the competitive terrain of New York City parenting. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/meg-wolitzer/the-ten-year-nap/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For moms who love adventure:

    Lois Leveen's<em> The Secrets of Mary Bowser:</em> Set free by her mistress, can a young slave find true freedom up North? Or will she discover that there is more than one way to be enslaved? <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lois-leveen/secrets-mary-bowser/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For the courageous mom:

    Maya Angelou's <em>Mom & Me & Mom</em>: Angelou (<em>Letters to My Daughter</em>, 2008, etc.) has given us the opportunity to read much of her life, but here she unveils her relationship with her mother for the first time. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/maya-angelou/mom-me-mom/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For moms from small towns:

    Allison Glock's <em>Beauty Before Comfort</em>: Glock debuts with a lovely, blue memoir of her maternal grandmother, a vital square peg in the poor, round hole of a hard-baked West Virginia town.<a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/allison-glock/beauty-before-comfort/" target="_blank"> Read full book review ></a>

  • For the fashionista mom:

    Grace Coddington's<em> Grace:</em> A lively glimpse of the fashion industry and the characters behind it from American Vogue creative director Coddington. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/grace-coddington/grace-memoir/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For foodie moms:

    Bob Spitz's <em>Dearie:</em> Published to coincide with what would have been her 100th birthday, this biography of the iconic Julia Child (1912–2004) does full justice to its complex subject. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/bob-spitz/dearie/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For moms who love American history:

    H.W. Brands' <em>The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr</em>: Most schoolchildren can tell you that Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield, 2012, etc.) chronicles the story of the downward trajectory his fortunes endured thereafter. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/hw-brands/heartbreak-aaron-burr/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>

  • For the mom coping with tragedy:

    Emily Rapp's <em>The Still Point of the Turning World:</em> A passionate, potent chronicle of the author's last months with her son. Read full book review ><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/emily-rapp/still-point-turning-world/" target="_blank"></a>

  • For rocker moms:

    Keith Richards' <em>Life:</em> The dread pirate Richards, scourge of straight society and rock icon, bares all--including a fang or two. <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/keith-richards/life-richards/" target="_blank">Read full book review ></a>