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World-traveler, blogger, book lover… finding beauty everywhere she looks. Mina De Caro is Italian, born and raised in small-town Southern Italy, close to medieval castles and archeological sites. She is now based in Pennsylvania where she lives with her family, but there are three different countries in the world that she has the pleasure to call home. Mina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bari in Italy with a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Visual arts, traveling and her blog Mina’s Bookshelf are her favorite hobbies. With a background as export manager and a wide experience as international sales specialist, the only lands she hasn't had the chance to touch yet are the Artica/Antartica and Oceania. In an era of high-tech gadgets and electronic readers, Mina is very protective of her books, so whatever she is reading follows her around the house… with two little kids you never know when and where a crayon may leave a mark.

Give Your Mom A Book: Mother’s Day Book Recommendations From A Mom’s Bookshelf

If you’re planning to buy for your mom the -nth recipe book or that biography that was highly acclaimed by the critics but will bore your mom to tears, freeze right there! You want to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day with a gift that will entertain, uplift, inform, educate and evaluate the most important woman in your life. You want to give your mom the chance to kick back and relax, expand her horizons or simply provide her with an escapist fantasy, a diversion from her chores and her daily routine…a recipe book may sound like an implicit invitation to spend more time in the kitchen (as if moms didn’t do that in abundance) or a veiled criticism of her culinary skills. If she is a good cook, she won’t need that book. If she needs to improve in that department of the housekeeping, she will hit the bookstore or the internet at her earliest convenience.

Accept the advice and browse through these reading suggestions: they come from a mom who loves to read. Happy Mother’s Day!

(Photo Credit: Ballantine Books)

(Photo Credit: Ballantine Books)

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published by Ballantine Books
Released April 30, 201
Genre: women’s fiction, chick lit, contemporary novel, romance, humor
Amazon 

 

(Photo Credit: St. Martin's Press)

(Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press)

The Ashford Affair, by Lauren Willig

“New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig pins a web of lust, power and loss that is by turns epic and intimate, transporting and page-turning.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 358 pages
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Released April 9, 2013
Genre: women’s fiction, chick lit, historical fiction, contemporary novel, romance, mystery, Africa
Amazon 

 

(Photo Credit: St. Martin's Press)

(Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press)

I See Your Dream Job, by Sue Frederick

Have you ever wondered what you were truly meant to do in life? Have you ever felt that you have a higher calling? Let career intuitive Sue Frederick show you the way.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Released September 1, 2009
Genre: non-fiction, inspirational
Amazon

 

(Photo Credit: Artisan House)

(Photo Credit: Artisan House)

Work Women Want, by Jennifer Forest 

Jennifer Forest gives voice to a new generation of women who are finally finding the right balance between careers and motherhood. Work Women Want answers the questions asked by so many working women today.“(Goodreads)

Published by Artisan House
Released May 1, 2013
Genre: non-fiction, inspirational
Amazon

 

(Photo Credit: Chronicle Books)

(Photo Credit: Chronicle Books)

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful, by Bobbi Brown & Sara Bliss

From Bobbi Brown, world-famous makeup artist, Pretty Powerful is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published by Chronicle Books 
Released September 26, 2012
Genre: non-fiction, beauty
Amazon

 

(Photo Credit: Rodale Books)

(Photo Credit: Rodale Books)

The Honest Life, by Jessica Alba

The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life.” (Goodreads)

Paperback, 272 pages
Published by Rodale Books
Released March 12, 2013
Genre: non-fiction, health
Amazon

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