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Ultimate Mother’s Day Book Guide: Show Her You Really Care!

You have the chrysanthemums ordered and the lunch table booked, but are still looking for that little something extra for Mother’s Day on May 14?

If you really want to show her you care, nothing says ‘I Love You Mum’ more than a book by her favourite author, or in her preferred genre.

We’ve combed through the many new releases and cherry-picked a few below to make the job a little easier.

Cooking

Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook

Australia’s best-loved home cook and original Masterchef, Julie Goodwin is back with the accessible and practical cookbook every family needs. Looking for the perfect meal for your family? All you need to make delicious food to feed your hungry loved ones is contained here in one place. Collected here for the first time you can find Julie’s essential go-to recipes: from making a great omelette, to roasting the perfect chicken, preparing simple and satisfying soups and salads and baking classic cakes, muffins and desserts that will become family favourites. Watch video interview with Julie Goodwin below.

Essential Cookbook - Julie Goodwin's

It’s Always About The Food

The bestselling, passionate and unstoppable women of the Monday Morning Cooking Club return with their third book of much loved and favourite Jewish diaspora recipes. The Monday Morning Cooking Club started as six food-obsessed and unstoppable Jewish Sydney women who loved food, wanted to raise money for charity and wanted to create a beautiful cookbooks. These books would collect the very best recipes from their community as well as honour and share stories of immigration, survival, joy, family and connection.

Monday Morning Cooking Club

Deliciously Ella with Friends

The much-anticipated follow-up cookbook from Deliciously Ella, the inspirational bestselling food writer who has taken the cookery world by storm. In the follow-up to her amazing bestseller Deliciously Ella Every Day, Ella makes it easy to prepare delicious food for you, your friends and family, whatever the occasion. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together, Ella makes life simple with her menus – whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch or a fancy supper, Ella has it covered with wonderful hearty and filling recipes that celebrate her natural eating philosophy.

 Deliciously Ella with Friends

Non-fiction

An Abundant Life, by Dr Ezzie Spencer

Based on the eight phases of the Moon, An Abundant Life is a practical guide to self-care, creating your best life, and giving back from a well of abundance. Following the Moon cycle, Ezzie teaches you how to cultivate peace, security and purpose, in both your personal life and your work. Generous and supportive, this unique system will lead you to find answers within, enjoy genuine connection with others, and cultivate trust in the cycles of yin and yang in daily life.

An Abundant Life - Dr Ezzie Spencer

Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General, by Quentin Bryce

As Australia’s first female governor-general, Quentin Bryce hand wrote about fifty letters each week. They were to people she had met and connected with as her role took her from palaces to outback schools, war zones to memorials, and intimate audiences to lavish ceremonies. Even more letters were delivered to her weekly from every corner of the country. Generous, witty and always heartfelt, Bryce’s letter-writing skills were honed at boarding school when she would write to her parents every Sunday. Here is a rich collection of the letters Quentin Bryce wrote and received during her six-year term.

Dear Quentin

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy  

In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of 48. Sheryl and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again. Just weeks later, Sheryl was talking with a friend about the first father-child activity without a father. They came up with a plan for someone to fill in. We all deal with loss- jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do. Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, OPTION B weaves Sandberg’s experiences coping with adversity with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book features stories of people who recovered from personal and professional hardship, including illness, injury, divorce, job loss, sexual assault and imprisonment.

Option B - Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Fiction

The Lucky One, by Caroline Overington

 Keep your secrets. Tell your lies. The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The One Who Got Away. For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the rolling hills of California’s wine country, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt.
When the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton after another – including a fresh corpse – rotting in the old family cemetery. As three generations of the well-respected Alden-Stowe family come under scrutiny, police unearth a twisted web of rivalries, alliances, deceit, and treachery. A gold-digger wife, a demented patriarch, a daughter in the grip of first love…Who has lied? Who will survive? And who, amidst all the horror and betrayal, is the lucky one?

 The Lucky One - Caroline Overington

The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve

After a summer-long drought, fires are racing along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres – the largest fire in the state’s history. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists.

 The Stars Are Fire - Anita Shreve

The Hidden Hours, by Sara Foster

 Keeping her secret may save her family. But telling it may save her life.
Arabella Lane, senior executive at a children’s publisher, is found dead in the Thames on a frosty winter’s morning after the office Christmas party. No one is sure whether she jumped or was pushed. The one person who may know the truth is the newest employee at Parker & Lane – the office temp, Eleanor.
Eleanor has travelled to London to escape the repercussions of her traumatic childhood in outback Australia, but now tragedy seems to follow her wherever she goes. To her horror, she has no memory of the crucial hours leading up to Arabella’s death – memory that will either incriminate or absolve her.

The Hidden Hours - Sara Foster

Media Mavens

Work Strife Balance, by Mia Freedman

This book is for every woman who’s been told success is as simple as Lean In, Say Yes, Live Your Best Life, Beat Your Fear, Follow Your Dream… and then feel #soblessed. It’s for guilty friends, bad mums, crap wives, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It’s for any woman who’s ever asked: ‘Am I the only one who isn’t quite coping?’ Here is Mia Freedman’s low road to the top – a fearless, hilarious, inspiring and surprising collection of modern misadventures to read, relate to and rejoice in, then share with all the women in your life.

Work Strife Balance - Mia Freedman

 

After, by Nikki Gemmell

 Australia’s bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother’s decision to end her own life. Nikki Gemmell’s world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn’s death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment? After is the story of Elayn Gemmell – and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time.

Nikki Gemmell - After

The Good Girl Stripped Bare, by Tracey Spicer

Inspired by Jana Wendt, this bogan from the Brisbane backwaters waded through the ‘cruel and shallow money trench’ of television to land a dream role: national news anchor for a commercial network. But the journalist found that, for women, TV was less about news and more about helmet hair, masses of makeup and fatuous fashion, in an era when bosses told you to ‘stick your tits out’, ‘lose two inches off your arse’, and ‘quit before you’re too long in the tooth’. Still, Tracey plastered on a smile and did what she was told. But when she was sacked by email after having a baby, this good girl turned ‘bad’, taking legal action against the network for pregnancy discrimination. In this frank and funny ‘femoir’  she constructs’ the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.

 Tracey Spicer

 

 For more mother’s day ideas, click on the below links.

 

Watch video interview with Julie Goodwin.

Spoil Your Mum With Flowers: 5 Different Types Of Chrysanthemums

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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