May is a great month for mothers and daughters to celebrate each another's company—and that includes reading together! Here are four great choices for moms to read alongside their teens, or to share in mother-daughter book clubs. With themes like female identity, competing conceptions of beauty, mothers who are absent (or overly present) and even a bit of magic, these young adult picks are sure to spark interesting discussions. (Of course, these books can also be enjoyed by mothers and sons. Or fathers and daughters. Or fathers and sons. Or anyone who likes a great read!)
Sarah J. Maas swept readers away with her wildly popular high fantasy Heir of Glass series, which she has said was partially inspired by Disney's Cinderella. For her new series, Maas draws from a whole new set of fairy tales—and takes the romance to a new level. We contacted Maas to talk about myths, world-building and other sexy things.
What if you had everything everyone thought you should want, only to realize it wasn’t what you wanted at all? That’s the dilemma facing Lily Wilder, who is about to marry the perfect man at the beginning of I Take You. However, tying the knot means the end of her romantic freedom—something that fun-loving Lily has always reveled in. Eliza Kennedy answered a few questions about her debut novel and its unconventional heroine.
The lessons we learn from our mothers shape who we are, even the lessons we don’t particularly appreciate. Those lessons keep coming year after year, and their most valuable messages stay with us forever.
Graduation: a special time when feelings of joy and celebration collide with a healthy dose of sheer terror. All of those hours of hard work have finally paid off in the form of a high school diploma or a university degree . . . but what’s next? How to make it in the real world is a big question with no easy answers. Whether your grad needs some level-headed advice on living well from some of our greatest authors, a few first-job stories or a collection of essays from much-admired leaders, four new books offer plenty of calming wisdom.
Does photographer Sally Mann really have a bulging file called “Maternal Slights,” as she writes in her courageous and visually ravishing memoir, Hold Still?
While they are often roped together as Western or regional writers (narrow classifications they both loathed), and their prime writing years and geographic terrain overlapped to a degree, there could not have been two more different writers—or men—than Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.
True crime and plenty of suspense make for great listening this month.
This month's best new mysteries range from an environmental lawyer's latest investigation to Anne Hillerman's second Leaphorn and Chee novel and Walter Mosley's latest.
Three highly-acclaimed novels from 2014 are now in paperback and are sure to make for great group discussion this month.
This month's best new cookbooks include a celebration of seasonal fruits and vegetables, more Mexican favorites from Rick Bayless and a lauded omnivore delights in all things veggie.
DIY design projects, an art history book with hands-on learning for kids and a look at the architecture of America's homes make up this month's Lifestyles column.
Two neighbors get a second chance with a first love, a handsome Scottish soldier must stand guard and a small Alaskan town heats up in this month's hottest Romances.
Much like Ana, the heroine of her engrossing debut novel, Sara Nović isn’t entirely sure where to call home. “This is what I’m trying to figure out,” the author says, laughing, in a recent interview. “I really don’t know.”
What comes to mind when you think of women’s fiction? If the word is “predictable,” think again: Two fearless first-time novelists are turning tropes upside down.