Ideas for Mothers Day

It is nice to have a special day in the calendar to acknowledge the love and hard work of mothers – even though I would like to think that every day should be Mother’s Day. Well, a wonderful book – beautiful to look at, hers to keep forever, with captivating stories that can be revisited again and again – can stretch out that Mother’s Day feeling a little longer. Here is a selection of wonderful recent titles by mothers, for mothers and about mothers.
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Kitchen Garden Companion: Growing by Stephanie Alexander.  If you have ever dreamed of picking fresh salad leaves for the evening meal, gathering vine-ripened tomatoes or pulling up your own sweet carrots, this is the book for you. Follow in the footsteps of one of Australia's best-loved cooks and food writers as she shares her experiences and the secrets of rewarding kitchen gardening. Be encouraged by detailed gardening notes that explain how you can plant, grow and harvest 73 different…

Kitchen Garden Companion: Growing by Stephanie Alexander. If you have ever dreamed of picking fresh salad leaves for the evening meal, gathering vine-ripened tomatoes or pulling up your own sweet carrots, this is the book for you. Follow in the footsteps of one of Australia's best-loved cooks and food writers as she shares her experiences and the secrets of rewarding kitchen gardening. Be encouraged by detailed gardening notes that explain how you can plant, grow and harvest 73 different…

Ubuntu - One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa by Heather Ellis.  'As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu – the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one.' At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend's backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just feels right – no matter that she's never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before...

Ubuntu - One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa by Heather Ellis. 'As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu – the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one.' At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend's backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just feels right – no matter that she's never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before...

Life as I Know It by Michelle Payne.  Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work.

Life as I Know It by Michelle Payne. Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work.

Alexander McQueen by V&A Publishing.  Fashion is a big bubble, and sometimes I feel like popping it.' Alexander McQueen, 2009 This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) invites you into the creative mind of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers. Accompanying the V&A's landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this comprehensive catalogue features 28 ground-breaking essays from expert fashion commentators and cultural scholars.

Alexander McQueen by V&A Publishing. Fashion is a big bubble, and sometimes I feel like popping it.' Alexander McQueen, 2009 This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) invites you into the creative mind of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers. Accompanying the V&A's landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this comprehensive catalogue features 28 ground-breaking essays from expert fashion commentators and cultural scholars.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White. A deadly delicious collection of recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks, and more, all from the bestselling authors of Mystery Writers of America. Whether it's Mary Higgins Clark's Game Night Chili, Gillian Flynn's Beef Skillet Fiesta, or Nelson DeMille's Male Chauvinist Pigs in a Blanket, this crime-lit collection of recipes has something for every mystery fan.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White. A deadly delicious collection of recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks, and more, all from the bestselling authors of Mystery Writers of America. Whether it's Mary Higgins Clark's Game Night Chili, Gillian Flynn's Beef Skillet Fiesta, or Nelson DeMille's Male Chauvinist Pigs in a Blanket, this crime-lit collection of recipes has something for every mystery fan.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming.  The untold story of how one woman's life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma. Barbara Leaming's extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' brutal, lonely and valiant thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that followed JFK's assassination. Here is the woman as she has never been seen before.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming. The untold story of how one woman's life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma. Barbara Leaming's extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' brutal, lonely and valiant thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that followed JFK's assassination. Here is the woman as she has never been seen before.

Happy Family by Tracy Barone. In this mordantly funny debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away and the one she desperately wants. 1962: A pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. An unlikely couple hastily adopts the baby. 40 years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart.

Happy Family by Tracy Barone. In this mordantly funny debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away and the one she desperately wants. 1962: A pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. An unlikely couple hastily adopts the baby. 40 years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart.

Stop Here, This Is the Place by Susan Conley, Winky Lewis. Winky Lewis and Susan Conley, a photographer and a writer in Portland, tried an experiment. At the start of every week for a year, Winky sent Susan a photograph: of their children, of the street where they live as neighbors, and of other green places in Maine. By the end of each week Susan sent a tiny story back that spoke to the photograph.

Stop Here, This Is the Place by Susan Conley, Winky Lewis. Winky Lewis and Susan Conley, a photographer and a writer in Portland, tried an experiment. At the start of every week for a year, Winky sent Susan a photograph: of their children, of the street where they live as neighbors, and of other green places in Maine. By the end of each week Susan sent a tiny story back that spoke to the photograph.

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi. The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as advice on acquiring less in the first place. She takes readers through a step-by-step process of getting rid of household items, clothes, books - and promises a clutter-free, calmer life where we are free from 'accumulation syndrome' and ultimately, less is more.

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi. The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as advice on acquiring less in the first place. She takes readers through a step-by-step process of getting rid of household items, clothes, books - and promises a clutter-free, calmer life where we are free from 'accumulation syndrome' and ultimately, less is more.

Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson. This modern guide to photography pairs big, bold images with short, focused tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art. Featuring contributions by the members of Clickin Moms, photography industry's largest social network of female photographers, this guide captures the beauty of family life--whether it's a child's unfinished bowl of cereal or a sunlit trip to the lake.

Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson. This modern guide to photography pairs big, bold images with short, focused tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art. Featuring contributions by the members of Clickin Moms, photography industry's largest social network of female photographers, this guide captures the beauty of family life--whether it's a child's unfinished bowl of cereal or a sunlit trip to the lake.

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