Mother’s Day is only ten days away (I think it’s early this year) and now is the perfect time to order a book for the literary Mormon woman in your life. Some books I wish someone would buy me:
* The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery by Kathryn Lynard Soper. If I had the money I would buy every single one of you a copy. This is a must-own for every mother. In the story of her baby with Down Syndrome and her struggle to love him and herself, Soper has embedded the story of every mother and the divinity that motherhood can cultivate within us. Soper is writing from a beautifully transcendent (although perhaps fleeting) place. And because of that the book is never preachy but still guides and uplifts. It is honest and gritty but never depressing.
*Psalm & Selah by Mark Bennion is now available for pre-order at parablespub.com. You might have to tuck your e-receipt in a nice box of chocolates since the book isn’t coming out until June, but that way it’s like getting two gifts in one!
* People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl Givens. She’s probably already familiar with this tome, but it is a good one to own because she’ll want to refer to it over and over again for its interesting takes on everything from books to dancing to architecture.
Or consider giving the gift that keeps on giving: a subscription. Segullah, Irreantum, Dialogue , or Sunstone would be a pleasant surprise in the mailbox. Again, you might have to put your receipt in a box of chocolates–ooh! Or an edible fruit arrangement; those are impressive!–but I’ve already covered why that’s an awesome idea.
Another option: awesome LDS/Mormon books that are out of print! This is great because used books are cheap and you can buy her more than one.
*The Earthkeepers by Marilyn Brown.
*Where Nothing is Long Ago (a memoir) by Virginia Sorensen.
*Angle of the Danube by Alan Rex Mitchell
So tell me, what are you gonna buy your woman this year? Add your recommendations in the comments!