Gift Books for Ruth’s Mom

Both my parents are in their 80s and have always loved to read, so this year Mom & Dad are each getting a big stack of books to get them through the winter.  I can just imagine Dad stoking the fire in the woodstove, then settling down in his recliner with a book, while Mom gets cozy in her overstuffed, floral-print chair with a cup of coffee.

Mom loves a gentle read, is a bit of an anglophile, and enjoys fiction with a tie to the past.  Books my mom has loved in the past have included:

nella last   major pettigrew   mrs craven  all-girl


My batting average with mom is about .500, which is good for baseball but not great for gift-giving.  I’m going with these six titles:

heart soul                being seven                 man ove    fine day 2 nella peace 3call nurse

  • Heart and Soul, by Maeve Binchy (gentle story about a clinic in a small Irish community caught between old ways and modern change.)
  • One Fine Day, by Mollie Panter-Downes (no brainer—I hope—since she loved another book by this author)
  • Nella Last’s Peace: the Postwar Diaries of “Housewife, 49”, by Nella Last (no-brainer number two)
  • The Importance of Being Seven, by Alexander McCall Smith (amusing, heartwarming story about an endearing group of folks living in Edinburgh, including young Bertie, whose birthday wish is to have his mother disappear.)
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman (gentle humor about a prickly old curmudgeon who’s lost his joie de vivre and must deal not only with new accident-prone neighbors, but also a cat who refuses to scat.)
  • Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle, by Mary J. MacLeod (It’s been compared to the James Herriot stories—remember those?– which Mom loved).

(AND, Helen Simonson is coming out with a new novel in 2016, so that should help out with Mother’s Day gifts!)

Look for “Gift Books for Ruth’s Dad” in a separate post…

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