Nonfiction Book Recommendations: Mother’s Day Edition

May 7, 2015 History, Narrative Non-Fiction, Nature, non-fiction, Science 30

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m a bit tired of all the Mother’s day book recommendation lists that focus on traditionally “girly” books. Many include no nonfiction, with the possible exception of a few memoirs, almost always by women. In order to do my bit to get rid of gendered genres, I’d like to recommend some fantastic nonfiction books on the basis of your mother’s possible interests, not just the fact that she’s a woman.

30 Responses to “Nonfiction Book Recommendations: Mother’s Day Edition”

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Lory! Your blog was one of many of Stephanie’s designs that I loved and that made me decide to go with her as my designer πŸ™‚

  1. Naomi

    Great list – I want them all for myself! And, I agree with Tanya’s comment above, that I could buy almost any of these for my Mom, unlike some of the other lists.

    • DoingDewey

      That’s great to hear! I knew I could get some of these for my mom, but I wasn’t sure if other people would feel the same way or not πŸ™‚

  2. Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    This is an amazing post! I see some books I want. Especially the one for “networked teens”. In fact, I wish that book had been out when I was a kid! lol And of course, I always want to read more about life in the White House.

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks! The networked teens one was one of my favorites. The author did a great job talking to teens and being sympathetic to the challenges they faced. This was also one of the only books published by a university press that I loved, because the author balanced rigorous academic thought with accessible, engaging stories. I’d highly recommend it πŸ™‚

  3. Amanda

    This is a great idea!

    (And I say this as a woman who has very sad feels about Mother’s Day due to lack of a mother).

    Normally I find these types of lists annoying…but not this one! It’s a great reader’s advisory list for anyone, not just moms.

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Amanda! I’m sorry to do a post on a holiday that has less than happy associations for you, but I’m glad it ended up being helpful to you anyway. I really am tired of seeing books lists for moms that only take into account their gender, but the same is true of reading lists for girls or women in general too. People’s interests are a much better way to decide what books they’d like πŸ™‚

  4. Lindsey

    Love this list! The child that gifts their mom with a book for Mother’s Day is a smart kid! πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      I realized after I posted this that I wasn’t getting my mom a book for mother’s day… oops! I’ll have to do better next year πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Jancee! I love giving nonfiction recommendations so that’s nice to hear. I’m also glad you’re enjoying Fiercombe Manor! I liked it too πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I love this post! I hate the assumption that women only read “women’s fiction” or Oprah’s Book Club, etc. I listened to Book Riot’s podcast on Moms, Dads, and Grads, which took write in recommendation requests for those groups and one girl was looking for a rec for her mom who loves WWII history. I loved that.

    And, I’m a woman and love reading about sports. Even traditional “male” sports like football. I have an entire list of Sports Books on my blog.

    Great job!

    • DoingDewey

      Me too! I generally love that book lists make me aware of holidays I might otherwise forget, but the sexist Mother’s Day lists have been driving me crazy. The podcast thing makes me happy too!

      I don’t know how you feel about science-y books, but I almost added The Sports Gene to this list for mom’s (anyone) interested in athletics. I didn’t because I thought that the number of people interested in both science and sports might be small, plus there are more sporty books out there, but it was a great book, very thoughtful with clear explanations. I’d recommend it πŸ™‚

  6. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Oh wow, I love the new blog design!! Such pretty colors, and I love how the dewey decimal system was worked in to the header!

    Wonderful recommendation post too – such a varied collection, I’m glad you thought of making a post for mothers with varied interests!

    • Bree

      Ok good, I thought I was losing my mind a little with the new look. When you read through Bloglovin sometimes it’s hard to remember what the actual blog looks like. I love the double navigation bars and colors. Very clean and simple. Eye pleasing.

      • DoingDewey

        Nope, not just you Bree! I feel the same way when other bloggers get new designs. I meant to do a post about it just got too busy. I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚ I’m really enjoying it myself!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Charlene! Stephanie of New Chapter Design created the new look and she let me pick some Dewey Decimal numbers to include πŸ™‚

      I was getting kind of tired of seeing almost exclusively fiction recommendations for mom, especially since you know for father’s day they’re going to be recommending lots of nonfiction. I was tempted to write a rant about it, but this seemed more productive, haha.

    • DoingDewey

      Awesome! I loved the science and nature writing one, but I was most impressed by how accessible it was. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to someone without any background in science.

  7. Nikki

    Between this list and the ‘Father’s Day’ list, I’ve got a lot of new books I’d like to check out for myself! πŸ˜‰

    • DoingDewey

      I’m glad! The point I was trying to make with both of them is that a good book is a good book and whether you’re excited about it is going to depend on your interests, not your gender, so they’re both just lists of books I’d recommend πŸ™‚

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