This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we can’t speak for all the mama’s, but we would definitely prefer a book to jewelry (unless it’s the kid-made kind) or breakfast in bed (cause we know who’s gonna be cleaning up those crumbs!). Better yet, a book and a couple of free hours to lounge around reading it. A few hints: In Zanesville looks great (thanks for the rec, Sylla!), and Corvallis’ Marjorie Sandor has a new book of essays, The Late Interiors, which the Grass Roots booksellers called “cover to cover gorgeous” in a recent Facebook post, and maybe Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from my Natural Foods Kitchen (if Mama’s laptop is splattered from cooking recipes from Swanson’s blog like some people we know). Vintage Books also has some nice recs in their recent Mother’s Day post (We’ll take the rare old magazines in plastic bags. Bring on the mod podge!).
If we were building a Mother’s Day display from NW authors, we’d include Emily Chenowith’s Oregon Book Award-nominated Hello, Goodbye, Mary Rechner’s Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women, Claire Dederer’s Poser, Lauren Kessler’s My Teenage Werewolf, Naseem Rakha’s The Crying Tree, Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s Crow Planet, some Nikki McClure goodness and all three of the books that chronicle the now-famous 19th century mother-daughter cross-country walk: Carole Dagg’s The Year We Were Famous, Jane Kirkpatrick’s The Daughter’s Walk and Linda Lawrence Hunt’s Bold Spirit.
Got that, Dad?