Books I’d recommend: For my mom

My mom’s birthday was last week and that got me to thinking about what kinds of books I would recommend for her to read. My mom doesn’t like to read, she says it makes her sleepy. But she has read a few books that my sister and I recommended when we were younger: Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, Como Agua Para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, and Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. These are some books I’d love for my mom to read. Whether to read about powerful women, the lives of immigrants, or to be able to talk about some of my favorite books with her, these are the books I chose:

  1. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros – This book is on my TBR for this year and it was recommended by a friend. My mother spent much of her youth in Mexico City, and she has now spent most of her life here in the U.S., so I think she would be able to identify with the story somewhat.
  2. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez – Again, I’ve not yet read this book, but I saw the play in New York while in college. This is the story of the Mirabal sisters who rebelled against the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. I think my mom would enjoy this heart wrenching and inspirational story.
  3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez –  I read this book last November and really enjoyed it. It follows the life of the Rivera family who immigrate to the United States to try to improve the life of their daughter who has been involved in a horrible accident. The story highlights the language, racial, and cultural obstacles faced by the Riveras and their immigrant neighbors.
  4. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This is a written version of the Tedx talk given by the Adichie about what feminism means today. I’d love to have my mom read this or watch the video so we can discuss some of the points Adichie makes.
  5. Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal by J.K Rowling – This is the first Harry Potter book translated into Spanish. I’ll admit, this book is on the list for purely selfish reasons. My mom has always watched the Harry Potter movies with my sister and me, but it would be awesome if she could read the first book and really understand why we were so immersed in the world of Harry Potter. Plus, reading this book in Spanish is one of my goals for 2016.

I really enjoyed thinking of books for my mom to read. I think I might make this a series with book recommendations for my loved ones or closest friends. What books would you recommend for those closest to you? Let me know in the comments below!

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